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Hot Port News from GAC

11-Nov-2019

NAVY BOAT RIDES IN CRUISE BAY
Singapore

FUEL REQUIREMENTS IN THE PANAMA CANAL
Panama Canal, Panama

PORT OPERATIONS RESUMED AFTER BULBUL MAKES LANDFALL
West Bengal, India

INSTALLATION & RECOVERY OF DATA MARKER BUOY
Singapore

SMART NAVIGATION SYSTEM TESTS & MANOEUVRES
Singapore

Navy boat rides in Cruise Bay
Monday, November 11, 2019, Singapore

From 13 to 18 November, navy boat rides will be carried out between 0900 and 1745 hours in Cruise Bay between the working line bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 15.783’N / 103 deg. 49.368’E
2) 01 deg. 15.680’N / 103 deg. 49.286’E
3) 01 deg. 15.680’N / 103 deg. 49.397’E
4) 01 deg. 15.649’N / 103 deg. 48.397’E
5) 01 deg. 15.649’N / 103 deg. 49.314’E

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.110 of 2019, during the boat rides, the craft will move at a maximum speed of 6 knots along the designated route. A safety boat will be deployed to warn other craft and vessels of the boat ride, and to provide assistance.

When inside Cruise Bay, mariners are reminded to:
a) Maintain a proper lookout;
b) Proceed at a safe speed and to navigate with caution;
c) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 05 (Cruise Bay Control);
and
d) Communicate with Cruise Bay Control on VHF Channel 5 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

Fuel requirements in the Panama Canal
Monday, November 11, 2019, Panama Canal, Panama

The upcoming international sulphur cap for marine fuels (IMO 2020), which will go into effect January 1, 2020, has prompted numerous inquiries to the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) regarding the types of fuels that will be permitted while in Panama Canal waters. As a result, the following information is provided as a summarized guide of the fuels and arrangements suitable for anchoring, transiting, and docking at terminals in Panama Canal waters.

The current mandate to switch to marine distillate fuel as published in NT NOTICE TO SHIPPING No. N-1-2019 “Vessel Requirements” is maintained. All vessels proceeding to Panama Canal waters for transit shall switch from residual fuel to marine distillate fuel prior to arriving at Panama Canal waters. However, these requirements allow for cases whereby vessels may supplement or replace marine distillate fuels with LNG fuel, biofuels, closed loop scrubbers, and ULSFO & VLSFO not exceeding a viscosity of 70 centistokes @ 50°C.

Some exceptions will still apply to the requirement to switch to marine distillate fuel. Vessels making only a local port call and not transiting will not be required to switch to marine distillate fuel. Additionally, vessels anchoring prior to transit will be permitted to use residual fuel for their auxiliary generator engines, boilers, and other ancillary equipment while at the Pacific and Atlantic Anchorages, only if they are capable of maintaining their main propulsion engines simultaneously on marine distillate fuel.

In order to preserve the quality of its waters, especially freshwater reservoirs, the ACP prohibits the use of open loop scrubbers. Similarly, closed loop scrubbers and hybrid scrubbers in a closed loop mode shall retain all effluents on board…

Further inquiries on the subject matter shall be directed to fuel-compliance@pancanal.com

(For information about operations in Panama contact GAC Panama at operations.panama@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory To Shipping No.A-39-2019

Port operations resumed after Bulbul makes landfall
Monday, November 11, 2019, West Bengal, India

Operations have resumed at the ports of Hadia, Paradip and Dhamra after Cyclone Bulbul made landfall on Saturday night (9 November).

The system made landfall near South 24 Parganas district in West Bengal as a severe cyclonic storm with a maximum sustained speed of 110-120 kmph with gusts up to 135 kmph, forcing the ports and airports in India and Bangladesh to close. It then veered towards Bangladesh early on Sunday, after which it steadily lost strength.

Bulbul brought torrential rains and howling gales which left a trail of death and destruction. Some people died, many were displaced and there are reports of extensive damage to property and crops.

At Haldia, vessel movements resumed with sailing during night tide (around 1800 hours) on 10 November. Port operations are fully restored.

At Paradip, cargo operations on vessels at berth commenced around late on 9 November and vessel movements were restored by 0500 hours on 10 November.

Dhamra vessel movements were restored Sunday morning and cargo operations commenced soon afterwards.

For information about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com

Installation & recovery of data marker buoy
Monday, November 11, 2019, Singapore

From 11 to 16 November, work to install and recover a data marker buoy will be carried out in waters Off ASSPU, at the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) 01 deg. 11.810’N / 103 deg. 41.500’E (Yellow/ Pillar / OC(2).Y.6s /NEA-WRM-MP).

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.111 of 2019, the work is being conducted between 0900 and 1800 hours daily.

The data marker buoy will be installed, and be recovered by the work boat with crane. A safety boat will be in attendance at all times to warn and re-direct craft in the vicinity to keep clear of the working area.

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

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear of 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 68 (West Control);
and
e) Communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

Smart navigation system tests & manoeuvres
Monday, November 11, 2019, Singapore

From 11 to 15 November, smart navigation system test and manoeuvres are being carried out off Raffles Reserved Anchorage (ARAFR).

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.112 of 2019, the work is being conducted from 0800 to 1845 hours daily within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 11.364’N / 103 deg. 46.801’E
2) 01 deg. 10.735’N / 103 deg. 47.222’E
3) 01 deg. 09.704’N / 103 deg. 45.433’E
4) 01 deg. 10.352’N / 103 deg. 45.015’E

The craft will be conducting smart navigation system tests and manoeuvres during the stated period in the working area.

The activities will be suspended during the movements of Very Large Crude Carriers to SHELL Single Buoy Mooring.

A safety boat will be deployed to warn other craft in the vicinity of the working area.

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

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear and comply with COLREGs;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (West Control);
and
e) Communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

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