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Canals, Inland Waterways, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on August 27, 2018 at 6:44 PM

Lower Mississippi River, United States

Port Kembla, Australia

Kiel Canal, Germany


Safety Zone for Big River Regional Paddle Board Race
Monday, August 27, 2018, Lower Mississippi River, United States

The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port New Orleans, under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, will establish a safety zone on the Lower Mississippi River from MM 215 to MM 230.4, Above Head of Passes.

This safety zone is needed to protect the persons and vessels associated with the Big River Regional Paddle Board Race. This safety zone is effective from 7:30 a.m. until noon on September 01, 2018.

All vessels are prohibited from entering this safety zone unless they have been granted permission by the Captain of the Port New Orleans or her designated representative. Only racers participating in the paddle board race and designated vessels are permitted within the safety zone after 7:30 a.m. local. All vessels requesting permission to enter or transit through this safety zone are required to contact the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard law enforcement vessel will be on scene for the duration of the event and can be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 16 or 67 or via the Officer of the Day at (225) 281-4785.

Failure to comply with the requirements of this safety zone will subject persons to a civil penalty of up to forty thousand dollars. Willful violation of this order may be punishable by the fine of not more than fifty thousand dollars or imprisonment for not more than five years, or both.

For additional information, contact the following:
Coast Guard MSU Baton Rouge: (225) 298-5400, ext. 230 Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Command Center: (504) 365-2542

(For information about operations in the United States contact GAC North America at

Source: United States Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Marine Safety Information Bulletin Volume XVIII, Issue 057, dated 21 August 2018

Anchorage closed
Monday, August 27, 2018, Port Kembla, Australia

Port Kembla Port Authority have advised that due to forecast gale conditions, the anchorage was closed overnight since 1900 hours local time yesterday (Sunday 26 August). All ships were ordered to return to sea.

Present indications are that the anchorage will remain closed until Wednesday (29 August), at which time weather conditions will be assessed for possible re-opening of the anchorage.

The port is currently still open to shipping movements.

For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at

Lock chamber closure for maintenance
Monday, August 27, 2018, Kiel Canal, Germany

The Kiel Canal Authority advises that due to maintenance works, one big new lock chamber at Brunsbuettel locks is closed from 07:00 hours local time today (27 August), most probably until 12:00 hours on Friday (7 September).

Occasional waiting times are to be expected. At present, there are no significant waiting times at Kiel or Brunsbuettel locks.

(For information about operations in Germany, contact GAC Hub Agency Centre’s 24/7 Port on Demand Team at

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

Port status update (27 August 2018)
Monday, August 27, 2018, Yemen

The ports of Aden, Mukalla, Nishtun, Hodeidah and Saleef and the Rudhum and Ash Shihr oil exporting terminals are currently open and operating as normal with no security issues.

The port of Mokha, Balhaf LNG Terminal, Ras Isa Marine Terminal and Ras Isa Petroleum Products Reception Facility are all closed.

For information about operations in Yemen contact GAC Yemen at

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