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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, Houston, Texas – Boarding resumed in shipping channel
* United States, Port Arthur, Texas – Capsized vessel floating in currents
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Submarine pipelines inspection works

DATE: December 16, 2011-COUNTRY: United States-PORT: Houston, Texas –Boarding resumed in shipping channel
Pilots in the Houston Shipping Channel resumed boarding for outbound
traffic at 0500 hours today (Friday 16 December).

According to the Houston Pilots’ list, as of 0600 there were 4 ships
outbound, with another 14 outbound ships on the list, and 61 inbound ships
waiting (10 of which were widebody tankers). Current weather in Galveston shows wind from the north at 18 mph. The marine forecast from Weather Underground is as follows:

Synopsis For High Island To Matagorda Ship Channel Out 60 Nm
A chance of rain with patchy dense fog will end early this morning with the
passage of a cold front. Moderate offshore winds will become northeast
tonight as high pressure builds across the Southern Plains. Moderate
onshore winds are expected to develop by Monday as the high exits to the
east and another frontal system develops over the state. This front is
expected to push off the coast on Tuesday.

Today
North winds 15 to 20 knots. Bay waters choppy. A chance of rain in the
morning…then a chance of showers in the afternoon.

Tonight
Northeast winds 15 to 20 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots after midnight.
Bay waters choppy decreasing to slightly choppy after midnight. A chance of
showers.

Saturday
Northeast winds 10 to 15 knots. Bay waters slightly choppy. A chance of
rain.

Saturday Night
Northeast winds 5 to 10 knots. Bay waters smooth. A slight chance of rain.

Sunday
East winds around 10 knots. Bay waters smooth to slightly choppy. A slight
chance of showers.

Sunday Night
Southeast winds around 10 knots. Bay waters smooth to slightly choppy. A
slight chance of showers.

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: December 16, 2011-COUNTRY: United States-PORT: Port Arthur, Texas -Capsized vessel floating in currents
A vessel carrying diesel and lube oil capsized off the coast of Port Arthur
on Tuesday (13 December) after striking a submerged object. The vessel
remains floating in the currents.

According to the United States Coast Guard, the offshore supply vessel
‘Int’l Hunter’ capsized 30 miles southeast of the Sabine Jetties in Port
Arthur. The hit caused damage to the ship which resulted in massive
flooding. The four crew members and three passengers on board were forced
to abandon ship.

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: December 16, 2011-COUNTRY: Hong Kong-PORT: Hong Kong
-Submarine pipelines inspection works
With effect from 20 December 2011 and for a period of approximately three
days, submarine pipelines inspection works will be carried out [off the
Permanent Aviation Fuel Facility, Tuen Mun] at the following works location
(WGS 84 Datum): 22 deg. 21.555’N / 113 deg. 54.854’E

One launch will carry out the works. One guard boat will provide
assistance.

A working area of approximately 15 metres around the launch will be
established. The hours of works will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. The
vessels employed for the works will not stay at the works location outside
the hours of works.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of
works.

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

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep
clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working at the works
location.

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

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.147 of 2011 – dated 15 December 2011

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