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Canals, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on March 4, 2016 at 6:59 PM


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Brisbane, Australia
Kiel Canal, Germany
New Cruise Terminal proposed
Friday, March 4, 2016, Brisbane, Australia
The Port of Brisbane is proposing to develop a new $100 million international mega ship cruise facility for Brisbane and south east Queensland.By 2020, 62% of cruise vessels in the Australian market are expected to be over 270m in length, but there is currently no dedicated facility in Brisbane to host these “mega ships”.The proposed new facility would enable mega ships to utilize Brisbane as a base port – where passengers start and finish their journeys – and see the ity become a major cruise destination.

(For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at

Source: Port of Brisbane(

Bank holidays in Russia
Friday, March 4, 2016, Russia
Banks, authorities, port administrations etc in Russia will be closed from 5 to 8 March inclusive, due to bank holidays on 5-7 March (Saturday–Monday) and a state holiday International Women’s Day on Tuesday 8 March. Thus the first working day in Russia will be 9 March.The holidays do not effect on oil/products terminals’ mooring and loading schedules.For information about operations in Russia contact GAC Russia at

Traffic suspension
Friday, March 4, 2016, Turkey
Traffic in the Bosphorus will be suspended from 2200 hours local time tomorrow (Saturday 5 March) to 2200 hours onSunday 6 March, due to works on the 3. bridge (Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge).For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at

Lock chamber closure for repairs
Friday, March 4, 2016, Kiel Canal, Germany
The Kiel Canal Authority has announced that the New Big South Lock Chamber at Brunsbüttel will be out of service for repairs from 0700 hours on Monday 7 March until about 1600 hours on Tuesday 8 March.During this period, the Big North Lock Chamber and Old locks will remain in service.(For information about operations in Germany, contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

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