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Ports & Terminals — By on April 12, 2017 at 8:31 PM


Port Botany, Australia
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Kiel Canal, Germany
Pilotage resumed
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Port Botany, Australia
The Duty Pilot at Port Botany has advised that after an assessment of the swell conditions, pilotage has re-commenced at 0630 hours local time today (12 April).

Pilotage had been suspended yesterday due to heavy swell.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at

Port reopened
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Following its closure yesterday morning (11 April) due to a sandstorm, Jeddah Port resumed operations at 1915 hours local time.

For information about operations in Jeddah contact GAC Saudi Arabia at

Lock chamber closure at Kiel-Holtenau
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, Kiel Canal, Germany
One big lock chamber at Kiel-Holtenau will be closed from 18 April to 30 May and from 6 June to 18 July for refurbishment.

Generally, all westbound vessels will be requested to inform Kiel Traffic on VHF Ch 67 at least 2 hours prior arrival Kiel-Lighthouse.

Authorities will issue a frequently updated “lock allocation plan” for all vessels, according to their ETA-message. Vessels will be informed about their fixed lock-availability and fixed sequences (with numbers) to enter the lock. If a vessel is not able to keep its announced ETA, it will be allocated again for a possible later locking. If a vessel will drop anchor at Kiel Roads (for repair works or waiting for berth availability), it will be allocated again for locking but not preferred and treated as new arrival.

For eastbound traffic the pre-announcement of lock availability will be given well in advance to keep bigger vessels waiting near Elbe-1 and avoid congestion on Brunsbüttel Roads.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

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