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HOT PORT NEWS from GAC, Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, Delaware River – Marcus Hook Anchorage Safety Zone
* Australia, all ports – Port operations during Christmas/New Year
* Australia, Melbourne – ORCV Boxing Day Dash Yacht Race

DATE: December 20, 2011- COUNTRY: United States PORT: Delaware River Marcus Hook Anchorage Safety Zone

The U.S. Coast Guard has established a safety zone around the Dredge ESSEX
from December 20th through December 21st while it operates within Marcus
Hook Anchorage preparing for annual maintenance dredging operations within
the range (33CFR 165.555).

During this time period the upper portion of the anchorage shall be  closed
to all vessel traffic while the Dredge lays submerged pipe within the
anchorage.

Vessels desiring to anchor within the downriver portion of Marcus Hook
Anchorage must obtain permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24
hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807 [33CFR 110.157 (b)(11)(i)]. The COTP
will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook Anchorage on a “first-come,
first-serve” basis.

Vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 24 hours.
Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (Anchorage #9) and
Deepwater Point Anchorage (Anchorage #6) as alternatives.

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by
the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact
the Dredge ESSEX on channel 13 or 16 VHF, for passing information.

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Marine Safety Information
Bulletin No.35-11 dated 19 December 2011

DATE: December 20, 2011 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: all ports – Port operations during Christmas/New Year

Working hours for operations at Australian ports during the upcoming
Christmas/New Year holiday period will be as follows:

ABBOT POINT
The terminal at Abbot Point will be closed from 07:00hrs LT on the 25
December 2011 until 07:00hrs LT on the 26 December 2011.

HAY POINT COAL TERMINAL & DALRYMPLE BAY COAL TERMINAL
Both terminals will be operating 24/7 over the Christmas New Year period.
This may change but will be subject to shipping movements and cargo
availability during the period.

GLADSTONE
25 December (Christmas Day): Ship Loading subject to volunteer labour
26 December (Christmas Day Public Holiday):  Ship Loading subject to
volunteer labour
27 December (Boxing Day): Ship Loading subject to volunteer labour

NEWCASTLE
Coal Terminals PWCS and NCIG operate 24/7 all year and will not be stop
operations by public holidays.

PORT KEMBLA
There will be no ship cargo loading operations and Rail & Road receivals
for 24 hours from 0700 on 25 December until 0700 on 26 December due to the
Christmas Day Public Holiday. The Coal Terminal will operate as normal
during the New Year Period.

DAMPIER
Shippers have advised that there will be no change to their operations over
the Christmas/New Year Period at all Dampier Terminals.

PORT WALCOTT
Shippers have advised that there will be no change to their operations over
the Christmas/New Year Period at Port Walcott Terminals.

PORT HEDLAND
All terminals iron ore operations for BHPB and FMG will work as normal
throughout the Christmas and New Year period.

For the Utah Point (Iron Ore) and the General Cargo Berths, P&O have
advised of the following closed port times over the Christmas and New Year
period;
24 December 0600–1500: Normal operations
24 December 1500–0600: Closed port – call for volunteers
25 December 0600–1800: Closed port – call for volunteers
25 December 1800–0600: Closed port – call for volunteers
26 December 0600–1800: Normal operations
31 December 0600–1500: Normal operations
31 December 1500–0600: Closed port – call for volunteers
1 January 0600–1800: Closed port – call for volunteers
1 January 1800–0600 Normal operations
In accordance with the terms and conditions of our EBA, POAGS require four
days prior notice for any labour requirements during the above closed port
times. POAGS cannot guarantee labour to service all operations throughout
this period

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

DATE: December 20, 2011 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Melbourne – ORCV Boxing Day Dash Yacht Race

Up to 100 racing yachts ranging in size from 8 to 16 metres, a race
committee vessel, a media powerboat and a smaller power boat for mark
laying, will take part in the ORCV Boxing Day Dash Yacht Race at Melbourne
on 26 December.

The race will start at 1030 hours between No.21 of Williamstown Channel and
No.75 pile Eastern Bypass Channel and end at 1500 hours off Blairgowrie
Yacht squadron jetty (1400 hours off Mornington Tacht Club breakwater for
smaller boats).

White and green starting flares will be fired between 1025 and 1030 hours.
The fleet will race in waters east of the Shipping channel until south of
the Fawkner Beacon. Yachts will be required to pass the South Channel marks
19, 12 and 10 to starboard. Melbourne VTS will be kept informed.

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

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