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   07-Dec-2015

LNG PORT CHARGES TO RISE IN NEW YEAR
Qalhat, Oman
MARCUS HOOK RANGE ROCK BLASTING
Delaware River, USA
SAFETY ZONE IN REEDY POINT SOUTH ANCHORAGE FOR NEW CASTLE RANGE DREDGING
Delaware River, USA
LNG port charges to rise in New Year
Monday, December 7, 2015, Qalhat, Oman
Port charges for LNG vessels at Qalhat, Oman, will increase with effect from 1 January 2016, as follows:
– Port charges for 2015 – USD. 103, 813
– Port charges for 2016 – USD. 106, 200
– Increment for 2016 – USD. 2, 387

For further details and information about operations in Oman contact GAC Oman at muscat@gac.com

Marcus Hook Range rock blasting
Monday, December 7, 2015, Delaware River, USA
The Coast Guard will be enforcing a safety zone within the waters of the Delaware River, from Marcus Hood, Pennsylvania, north to Eddystone, Pennsylvania until March 15, 2016.

The safety zone will cover all navigable waters in the Delaware River within 500 yards of vessels and machinery conducting rock blasting, dredging, and rock removal operations.

This zone is intended to protect personnel, vessels and the marine environment in these navigable waters while operations are being conducted. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, or his designated representative.

One side of the Delaware River main navigational channel will be closed in locations spanning from Marcus Hook, Pennsylvania, to Eddystone, Pennsylvania, in the vicinity of the rock blasting, rock removal, and dredging operation, for the duration of the project. Vessels wishing to transit the safety zone in the main navigational channel may do so if they make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE, dredge TEXAS, or dredge NEW YORK, in accordance with the Navigational Rules in 33 Code of Federal Regulations Subchapter E via VHF-FM Channel 13 at least 30 minutes prior to arrival. If vessels are unable to make satisfactory passing arrangements with the drill boat APACHE, dredge TEXAS, or dredge NEW YORK, they may request permission from the COTP or his designated representative on VHF-FM channel 16. All vessels must operate at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

During the project rock blasting will be conducted, via explosive detonations, by the drill boat APACHE at approximately 9am and 4pm, daily. No vessels may transit through the safety zone during the times of explosives detonation. During rock blasting operations, vessels will be required to maintain a 500 yard distance from the drill boat APACHE. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM 13 and 16, at 15 minutes, 5 minutes, and 1 minute prior to detonation, as well as a countdown to detonation via VHF-FM 16. After every explosive detonation a survey will be conducted to ensure the navigational channel is clear for vessels to transit. The drill boat APACHE will make broadcasts, via VHF-FM Channel 13 and 16, confirming that the channel is clear to transit. Vessels requesting to transit through the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the drill boat APACHE on VHF-FM channel 13 for safe passing information.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay, Marine Safety Information Bulletin #39-15

Safety Zone in Reedy Point South Anchorage for New Castle Range dredging
Monday, December 7, 2015, Delaware River, USA
The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone around the upper portion of Reedy Point South Anchorage No.3 to allow for the continuation of dredging operations in New Castle Range.

The temporary safety zone is effective until December 31, 2015, unless cancelled earlier by the Captain of the Port. The safety zone will encompass all waters of Reedy Point South Anchorage No.3 upriver of a line drawn between positions 39 deg. 33’7.5”N, 75 deg. 33’2.0”W and 39 deg. 33’8.8”N and 75 deg. 32’8”W, as charted on NOAA chart 12311.

While the dredge ESSEX is operating in the area, vessels heading north through the Delaware River with intent to transit the Chesapeake & Delaware (C&D) Canal will be re-directed through this portion of the anchorage. Anchoring within the upper part of the anchorage will not be permitted while the temporary safety zone is in effect.

Vessels heading south through the Delaware River with intent to pass the Dredge ESSEX should contact the Dredge ESSEX at least 1 hour prior to passage. The Dredge ESSEX will monitor VHF-FM channels 13 and 16, and can be contacted at 757-353-0455. Mariners are cautioned to remain safe distance away from the dredge, buoys, cables, pipelines, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment and are urged to operate at minimum steerage speed to reduce wake when transiting the area.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay, Marine Safety Information Bulletin #41-15

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