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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Australia, all ports – Australia coal and iron ore port lineups – Tuesday
3 January 2012
* Bahamas, all ports – Borco Terminal Old Large Jetties No. 5 & 6

DATE: January 03, 2012-COUNTRY: Australia-PORT: all ports-Australia coal and iron ore port lineups – Tuesday 3 January 2012
ABBOT POINT
There is currently one vessel loading with three other vessels at anchor.

Planned Maintenance
APB monthly out loading maintenance – Wednesday 18th January 2012 – from 07:00hrs until 19:00hrs – no ship loading.

HAY POINT COAL TERMINAL
Vessels Alongside:  2, Vessels at Anchor: 2
Delays – 5 – 7 Days (Average) depending on Cargo Grade

Scheduled Shutdowns:
– Berth 1 closed for scheduled maintenance 02 & 03/ Jan. Reopening 0700
04/Jan AGW
– Hay Point Coal Terminal will close berth no.1 in April 2012 for a prolonged period due to the expansion project of berth no.3. Details of dates when berth no.1 will closed during this period will be provided by the terminal at a later date. Berth no.2 will be operating during this period.

DALRYMPLE BAY COAL TERMINAL
Following a review of the work program associated with Shiploader 2 (L8), a return-to-service date of January 10, 2012 has been determined as being the earliest possible operational date for this system.

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

Moranbah North Coal Mine (owners Anglo American) has ceased production due to roof collapse in the under ground mind. We understand the mine maynot be operational until early next year. Employees at the mine site have been
asked to take annual leave.

Shippers ‘Anglo American’ will not elaborate to us the possibility on when the mine will re-commence production. Shippers are advising their customers directly on this matter and if information is required about the mine and its production, we must contact the customers.

Vessels Alongside: 2, Vessels at Anchor: 22
Delays – 15 – 20 Days (Average) depending on Cargo Grade

Scheduled Shutdowns:
Inloading –  Regular fortnightly 12 hour shutdowns to coincide with QR maintenance days.
Outloading – Nil

GLADSTONE
RG Tanna Coal Terminal:
4 Vessels at berth with 17 at anchor.
Present delays: Average waiting time appro 11-13 days subject to
cargo/berth availability.

Scheduled Maintenance
January 17-19 / 3 days – Shiploader No2

Scheduled Maintenance
January 30-February 2 / 4 days – Ship Loader No3 Scheduled Maintenance

Barney Point Coal Terminal:
0 Vessel at anchor with 1 at berth.
Present delays: Waiting time approx. 0 days.

No maintenance scheduled at present

BRISBANE
1. Shippers Peabody Wilkie Creek are having productions problems with their vessels expected to be delayed approx 10 to 15 days from vessels arrival.

NEWCASTLE
The Newcastle Port Corporation ‘Vessel Arrival System’ commences 1st June 2010.  All rules of the Vessel Arrival System will be enforced.

SUMMARY – DYKE BERTHS
Currently 01 ship  is  loading at the Dyke Coal Terminal.
15 ships have passed their Notified Arrival Time to load at the Dyke Coal Terminal
The current berthing delay is around  14-18  days
Normal Port Practice is for ships to berth and load based on turn of arrival.  However currently many ships are berthing/ loading are loading out of turn.

Summary – Kooragang Coal Loader
Currently 3 ships are   loading at the Kooragang Coal Terminals.
30 Ships have passed their Notified Time of Arrival to load at the Kooragang Coal Loader
The current berthing delay is around 12-19 days
Normal Port Practice is for ships to berth and load  based on turn of arrival.  However currently many ships are berthing/ loading are loading our of turn.

Summary – NCIG Coal Loader (K8/ K9)
Currently  1 ship has completed loading at the NCIG Coal Terminal, waiting tidal departure.
02  Ships have been issued a Notified Time of Arrival to load at the NCIG
Coal Loader.
The current berthing delay is around 03-6 days

PORT KEMBLA
There is currently 1 vessel alongside and 10 vessels at anchorage with the next vessel due on the 8th Jan 12.
There are between 7-15 days delay for most vessels waiting at anchorage that arrived during December due to heavy congestion and it should ease by end January.

PILOTAGE SERVICES/DELAYS
The shortage of un-restricted Marine Pilots due to a combination of injury and annual leave that has been experienced in the last couple of months is starting to ease. One Pilot has returned from injury leave (albeit in a limited role initially and working into full roster integration through January) and another trainee has recently achieved his Level 2 license (225m LOA, excluding PCC).
Services for this week Monday 2nd Jan until Sunday 8th Jan will be provided by unrestricted pilots all week, augmented by two restricted Pilots undertaking pilotage for ships within their range of license (225m LOA and 191m LOA, excluding PCC’s respectively) for both day and night shift.
Services for next week Monday 9th Jan until Sunday 15th Jan will be provided by un-restricted pilots all week.
Services for the following week after, Monday 16th Jan until Sunday 22nd Jan will be covered by un-restricted Pilots all week, augmented by two restricted Pilots undertaking pilotage for ships within their range of license (225m LOA and 191m LOA, excluding PCC’s respectively) for both day and night shift.
The Port Authority will continue to work in minimising disruption to port users during this period.
The shortage of pilots is coursing major delays to the coal loading shipping program and also having an effect on cargo availability at the Coal Terminal.

MID SHIP GANGWAY CONCRETE PLATFORM
We have received notification from Port Kembla Coal Terminal (PKCT) that the Berth 102 mid ship gangway concrete platform is showing signs of concrete cracking and as such, been barricaded and signposted off to prevent access.
An under-berth structural inspection has been carried out and until repairs can be carried out the platform cannot be used.
It is estimated to be return back to service about Monday 13th Feb, subject to no delays with the pouring of the concrete.
During this time, PKCT asks that any vessel due to berth within the next month requiring a mid-ship gangway position be communicated to PKCT as soon as possible, together with the mid ship platform to Bridge distance (mts), so that PKCT can determine the best position to berth the vessel.

DAMPIER

PORT WALCOTT


PORT HEDLAND
1)Nelson Point A
1 vessel alongside.
1 vessel at anchorage.
Maintenance scheduled for 8 hrs from 0800/05 until 1600/05.

2)Nelson Point B
1 vessel alongside.
1 vessel at anchorage.
No maintenance stoppages listed.

3)Finucane Island C
1 vessel alongside.
No vessels at anchorage.
No maintenance stoppages listed.

4)Finucane Island D
1 vessel alongside.
2 vessels at anchorage.
No maintenance stoppages listed.

5)Finucane Island B
1 vessel alongside
1 vessel at anchorage.
No maintenance stoppages listed.

6)Finucane Island A
1 vessel alongside.
1 vessel at anchorage.
No maintenance stoppages listed.

A further 5 vessels are at anchorage awaiting allocation of berths at BHPB
facilities.

7)Anderson Point
2 vessels alongside.
3 vessels at anchorage.
No maintenance stoppages listed.

8)Utah Point
No vessel alongside
No vessels at anchorage.
Maintenance scheduled for 48 hrs from 0600/01/02 until 0600/03/02.

GERALDTON
Minimal delays expected

ESPERANCE
Minimal delays expected

DARWIN
Minimal delays expected

For more information, please contact: scott.henderson@gac.com

DATE: January 03, 2012-COUNTRY: Bahamas-PORT: all ports-Borco Terminal Old Large Jetties No. 5 & 6
The old large jetties 5 & 6 at the Borco Terminal in the Bahamas is now back in commission.

Now, the Borco Terminal has 8 berths to operate from, namely:
– Dock 1 inner berth
– Berth #12
– New Small Jetty 7 and 8
– Old Small Jetty 5 and 6
– New Large Jetty 9 and 10

The MT Senatore is currently proceeding to the Old Large Jetty #5.

For information about operations in the Bahamas contact GAC-Elnet at gac-elnet.bahamas@gac.com

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