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Construction of outfall structure and installation of silt curtains
Thursday, June 7, 2018, Singapore

The working period has been extended for the construction of an outfall structure and installation of silt curtains off Change East staging ground.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.058 of 2018, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – from 11 June to 10 December, within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 18.685’N / 103 deg. 59.822’E
2) 01 deg. 18.632’N / 103 deg. 59.949’E
3) 01 deg. 18.557’N / 103 deg. 59.918’E
4) 01 deg. 18.603’N / 103 deg. 59.786’E

The installation of silt curtains will be carried out by the crane barge. Tug boats will be used to assist the positioning of the crane barge during the installation work.

Upon completion of the silt curtains installation, construction of new outfall structure and cofferdam with sheet piles will be carried out by a vibro-excavator.

Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft of the work.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear and not to enter the working area;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 (East Control);
e) Communicate with East Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at

Container backlog
Thursday, June 7, 2018, Lagos, Nigeria

According to local reports, containers are trapped inside Lagos Port Complex Apapa as a result of the lockdown created by the introduction of a new policy on the return of containers to the port.

Problems are reported to have started after Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) management took over control of traffic in and out of the port area from the Nigerian Navy. In protest, truck drivers serving the port downed tools on Tuesday and Wednesday (5 & 6 June). The resulting confusion in cargo operation at the port has led to a large backlog of containers which should have left the port.

The NPA action was limited only to the Lagos Port Complex Apapa, while business is continuing as usual at Tin Can Island Port.

For information about operations in Nigeria, contact GAC Nigeria at

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