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Hot Port News from GAC

12-Jul-2019

MARINE WORKS IN HUNG HOM FAIRWAY
Hong Kong

PORT STATUS X-RAY SET AHEAD OF GALE FORCE WINDS
Mobile, Gulfport, Pascagoula & Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, United States

PORT STATUS YANKEE IN PREPARATION FOR PREDICTED SEVERE WEATHER
New Orleans, United States

NEW SECURITY FEE
Dampier, Australia

TRANSIT AND BERTHING DRAFTS
Port Kembla, Australia

Marine works in Hung Hom Fairway
Friday, July 12, 2019, Hong Kong

For approximately 3 months, marine works involving removal of pipe piles of temporary working platform, construction of bored piles and pier deck, and backfilling for protection of immersed tunnel units will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 17.975’N / 114 deg. 10.952’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.618’N / 114 deg. 11.024’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.598’N / 114 deg. 10.922’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.965’N / 114 deg. 10.861’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including four dumb lighters, one work boat, two tugboats and two guard boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around each lighter will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the lighters.

The hours of work will be from 0700 hours to 2300 hours daily including Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will not stay in the Hung Hom Fairway outside the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.113 of 2019

Port Status X-Ray set ahead of gale force winds
Friday, July 12, 2019, Mobile, Gulfport, Pascagoula & Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, United States

Due to the possibility of gale force winds (39-73mph) associated with Tropical Storm Barry entering Secror Mobile’s area of responsibility within 48 hours, the Captain of the Port (COTP) has ordered Port Status X-RAY for the ports of Pascagoula and Gulfport, and the GIWW [Gulf Intracoastal Waterway] west of MM133.

The Port of Mobile remains at Port Status WHISKEY…

…At this time, all waterways in the Mobile AOR are open to all traffic…

…The COTP may issue additional MSIBsa as the weather system approaches and port statuses change. Mariners throughout the COTP Mobile AOR are encouraged to use all means to monitor the path of Tropical Storm Barry and remain prepared to take actions if the storm path changes.

Current information may be obtained from the COTP Mobile Voice Mail Announcement system at phone number 251-441-5080…

(For information about operations in the United States, contact GAC North America at usa@gac.com)

Source: Extracts from U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Mobile, Marine Safety Information Bulletin Weather Advisory issued at 2:00pm on 11 July 2019

Port Status Yankee in preparation for predicted severe weather
Friday, July 12, 2019, New Orleans, United States

At 1500 local time, 11 July, 2019, predicted severe weather rapidly progressing, the Captain of the Port (COTP), Sector New Orleans set Port Condition Yankee in accordance with the Maritime Hurricane Contingency Port Plan (MHCPP)…

…All vessels east of the Lower Mississippi River (LMR) on the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal (IHNC) and the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway to mile marker 20 east of Harvey Lock, and the Harvey Canal from the Lapalco Bridge south to the confluence of the Harvey and Algiers Canals, and the Algiers Canal from the Algiers Lock south to the confluence of the Harvey and Algiers Canal shall make immediate preparations to evacuate the RNA if you do not have an accepted annual hurricane operations plan.

If unable to comply, vessels shall contact the Waterways Management Division at SecNOLA-WPM@uscg.mil with the mitigating efforts they will take while remaining within the RNA…

…At this time, the Coast Guard does not intend to implement the safety zone for river evacuation below MM 73. However, these requirements will be discussed on our daily Port Coordination Team conference calls and reassessed as needed.

All vessels entering and departing the COTP Zone New Orleans are reminded to update their Notice of Arrival with any changes to their arrival or departure information (33 CFR 160.208, 33 CFR 160.212). The COTP will make notifications as soon as waterway and bridge closures become apparent…

…All vessels and facilities operating on the Lower Mississippi River are strongly urged to implement these measures:
– Secure missile hazards and clear nonessential equipment and loose gear.
– Secure/remove hazardous materials or cargos to a safe location, especially drums.
– Oil transfer terminals not engaged in transfer operations should drain all loading arms and hoses of product, blank off hoses, and empty/clean small discharge containment.
– Mooring lines doubled up with due consideration given to the effects of predicted storm surge.
– If moored, outboard anchor rigged at a short stay.
– Ensure sufficient number of officers and crew onboard to tend mooring lines, and/or get underway.
– Vessel ballasted to ensure maximum safety.
– All side ports, hatches, portholes, and other openings are closed and secured.
– All firefighting equipment is ready for immediate use.
– A continuous radio watch maintained on Channel 16 and 67 VHF-FM.
– If at anchorage, at least two anchors set, if equipped with two anchors.
– If at anchorage, vessels should remain ready to get underway within 15 minutes.
– Spare mooring lines and/or wires should be readily available.
– Facility storage tanks should be pressed up or empty (it is preferred to have empty and/or pressed up tanks vice multiple tanks partially full).
– Styrene and other similar product-producing facilities should take additional precautionary measure.

The COTP New Orleans may quickly set Port Condition Zulu and further conditions as the situation develops. The COTP anticipates setting Port Condition Zulu on Friday, 12 July, 2019…

(For information about operations in the United States, contact GAC North America at usa@gac.com)

Source: Extracts from U.S. Coast Guard, Sector New Orleans, Marine Safety Information Bulletin Weather Advisory issued at 15:00 hours local time on 11 July 2019

New security fee
Friday, July 12, 2019, Dampier, Australia

A Security Fee at the Port of Dampier has been introduced for the first time in financial year 2019/20, application from 1 July 2019 for every vessel entering the Port of Dampier and levied at $0.085 per GRT.

The Security Fee recovers costs incurred by PPA associated with complying with the requirements of the International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code and Meets its legal obligations under the Maritime Transport and Offshore Facilities Security Act and Regulations (2003).

It enables PPA to operate, maintain and upgrade the security infrastructure and systems necessary to provide a safe and secure port environment for port users and stakeholders.

Below is the % increase on harbour dues over the last 3 years, the Port Security fee is a new impost for 2019:
2016-2017: Rate 0.2969
2018-2018: Rate 0.3474 (17.01% increase on previous)
2019-June ’19: Rate 0.3648 (5.01% increase on previous)
July ’19: Rate 0.3921 (7.48% increase on previous)

For information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Transit and berthing drafts
Friday, July 12, 2019, Port Kembla, Australia

Further to the depth declaration for Port Kembla Harbour, please find guidance for static, transit and berthing drafts. In some cases the berth box is deeper than the transit depths/drafts.

The actual transit drafts, for applicable vessels, will be determined by DUKC system. This determination is made closer to the scheduled berthing date…

OUTER HARBOUR

BERTH 201
– Berth declared depth: 11.0
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 11.0 + tide – 0.6m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (11.0 + tide)/1.08

BERTH 202
– Berth declared depth: 10.5
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 10.5 + tide – 0.6m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (9.5 + tide)/1.08

BERTH 203
– Berth declared depth: 10.1
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 10.1 + tide – 0.6m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (9.5 + tide)/1.08

BERTH 204
– Berth declared depth: 4.2
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 4.2 + tide – 0.6m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (4.2 + tide)/1.08

BERTH 205
– Berth declared depth: 5.5
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 5.5 + tide – 0.6m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (5.5 + tide)/1.08

BERTH 206
– Berth declared depth: 11.1
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 11.1 + tide – 0.6m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (11.1 + tide)/1.08

CUT
– Berth declared depth: 15.2
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (15.2 + tide)/1.08

INNER HARBOUR

BERTH 101
– Berth declared depth: 11.5
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 11.5 + tide – 0.3m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (10.4 + tide)/1.08

BERTH 102
– Berth declared depth: 16.1
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 16.1 + tide – 0.3m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (15.2 + tide)/1.08

BERTH 103
– Berth declared depth: 14.4
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 14.4 + tide – 0.3m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (13.6 + tide)/1.08

BERTH 104
– Berth declared depth: 15.6
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 15.6 + tide – 0.3m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (14.9 + tide)/1.08

BERTH 105
– Berth declared depth: 15.1
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 15.1 + tide – 0.3m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (15.1 + tide)/1.08

BERTH 106
– Berth declared depth: 14.2
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 14.2 + tide – 0.3m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (14.2 + tide)/1.08

BERTH 107
– Berth declared depth: 12.2
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 12.2 + tide – 0.3m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (11.0 + tide)/1.08

BERTH 109
– Berth declared depth: 12.0
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 12.0 + tide – 0.3m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (11.0 + tide)/1.08

BERTH 110
– Berth declared depth: 9.0
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 9.0 + tide – 0.3m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (8.8 + tide)/1.08

BERTH 111
– Berth declared depth: 15.5
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 15.5 + tide – 0.3m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (15.2 + tide)/1.08

BERTH 112
– Berth declared depth: 12.6
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 12.6 + tide – 0.3m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (12.6 + tide)/1.08

BERTH 113
– Berth declared depth: 11.4
– Static depth, Max depth @berth Depth + Tide – UKC: 11.4 + tide – 0.3m
– Static depth, Transit draft restrictions (Transit depth + tide)/1.08: (11.4 + tide)/1.08

(For information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)

Source: Port Authority of New South Wales Harbour Master Instruction HMI 19-002 issued 5 July 2019

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