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 Your daily news service from ports around the world. In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, all ports – Pilotage tariffs to increase
* Kuwait, all ports – New Year’s Day holiday in Kuwait
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Seawall inspection at Heng Fa Chuen, Hong Kong Island
* Australia, Dalrymple Bay – Return to work date for Shiploader

DATE: December 21, 2011 – COUNTRY: Germany – PORT: all ports- Pilotage tariffs to increase

German pilotage tariffs will increase with effect from 1 January 2012.

For further details of the new tariffs and information about operations in
Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com
Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC network agents

DATE: December 21, 2011 – COUNTRY: Kuwait – PORT: all ports- New Year’s Day holiday in Kuwait

All Kuwaiti Government offices and ports customs will be closed on 1
January 2012, while port operations will continue on a double-overtime
basis.

For information about operation in Kuwait, contact GAC Kuwait at
kuwait@gac.com

DATE: December 21, 2011 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong – Seawall inspection at Heng Fa Chuen, Hong Kong Island

For approximately one week, seawall inspection works will be carried out
[at Heng Fa Chuen, Hong Kong Island] within the area bounded by straight
lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and
the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 16.551’N / 114 deg. 14.503’E
(B) 22 deg. 16.566’N / 114 deg. 14.527’E
(C) 22 deg. 16.523’N / 114 deg. 14.564’E
(D) 22 deg. 16.508’N / 114 deg. 14.539’E

The works will be carried out by one motor boat. One guard boat will
provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 25 metres will be established around the
motor boat.

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1700 hours. No works will be carried
out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will not
stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during 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 and keep
clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the area.

(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.152 of 2011
dated 21 December 2011

DATE: December 21, 2011- COUNTRY: Australia- PORT: Dalrymple Bay – Return to work date for Shiploader

Following a review of the work programme associated with Shiploader 2 (L8)
at Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, 10 January has been determined as the
earliest return-to-service date for this system.

This date is subject to weather impacts, equipment arrival and work
programme stability, however DBCT PL is committing all possible and
available internal and external resources to this project.

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

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