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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Nigeria, all ports – Strike commences
* South Africa, Cape Town – Berthing of passenger vessels
* United States, Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts – Canal controlling depths
* India, Mormugao – Development of passenger berth
* Hong Kong, all ports – Safe Navigation in Poor Visibility
* Australia, Port Kembla – Permission granted for industrial action ballot

DATE: January 09, 2012-COUNTRY: Nigeria-PORT: all ports- Strike commences

The nationwide strike proposed by the NLC started in Nigeria this morning (9 January). Ports are affected, but loading operations are taking place at crude terminals.
The action is affecting all areas of GAC operation but skeleton servicesv are going on.
There are no tankers in port at Odudu, Yoho, Ebok and Antan terminals today. However, there will be tanker operation at QIT and Odudu terminals tomorrow.
(For information about operations in Nigeria contact GAC Nigeria at nigeria@gac.com)

DATE: January 09, 2012-COUNTRY: South Africa-PORT: Cape Town-Berthing of passenger vessels

The Director of Immigration at Cape Town has advised that no passenger vessels may be berthed at Cape Town V&A Waterfront area.
All passenger liners must only dock in the secured harbour which is not open to the public.
A dedicated passenger liner berth will be established and the practice of passenger vessels docking in V&A Waterfront will cease with immediate effect.
For further details and information about operations in South Africa
contact GAC South Africa at shipping.capetown@gac.com

DATE: January 09, 2012-COUNTRY: United States-PORT: Cape Cod Canal, Massachusetts
Canal controlling depths

Effective immediately, the controlling depth of the Cape Cod Canal is reduced to 30 feet MLLW due to sand shoaling that has developed in several locations.
The locations of known shoal areas includes: vicinity of canal station 455 at the eastern end of Hog Island Channel, vicinity of canal station 155 just west of the Sagamore Bridge, canal station 35 and canal station 05 at the east end breakwater.
Vessels drawing greater than 22 feet should consult well in advance with the Marine Traffic Controller on Duty.
The shoal at canal station 35 is at 26 feet MLLW and extends 100′ into the channel from the north limit. Due to the greater range of tide in this area, vessels with a draft of up to 30′ can be accommodated with careful planning and appropriate notice of transit.
All vessels transiting with a draft greater than 22′ should contact and consult well in advance with the Marine Traffic Controller.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

DATE: January 09, 2012-COUNTRY: India-PORT: Mormugao-Development of passenger berth

Mormugao Port Trust has advised of the development of a new passenger berth and facilities for handling cruise vessels.
The Port Trust has planned to cater to the needs of international cruise vessels with the development of two exclusive berths on the breakwater and mole measuring about 450 metres and 250 metres, both with a draft of 9.5 metres. The mole berth is now ready for handling cruise vessels and the breakwater berth will be ready by March 2012.
To encourage optimum utilization of the berths, Mormugao Port Trust is offering a concessional tariff rate of 50% on port dues and a 30% concession on berth hire charges and pilotage.
For further details and information about operations in India contact GAC
India at india@gac.com

DATE: January 09, 2012-COUNTRY: Hong Kong-PORT: all ports-Safe Navigation in Poor Visibility

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels are hereby reminded to strictly comply with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 when navigating within Hong Kong waters, especially in poor visibility.
All vessels navigating in Hong Kong waters shall do so at a safe speed not exceeding the applicable speed restrictions. Extreme caution should be exercised when navigating in fog, heavy rain or restricted visibility.
Appropriate sound signals shall be made in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972.
The importance of Rules 5 (Look-out), 6 (Safe speed), 7 (Risk of collision), 8 (Action to avoid collision) and 19 (Conduct of vessels in restricted visibility) of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 should be borne in mind at all times when navigating with the aid of radar in restricted visibility.
It should be noted that when radar is used without the benefit of adequate plotting facilities, the traffic information obtained thereof is rather scanty and should be construed accordingly.
When the visibility in any part of Hong Kong waters or its approaches is reduced to less than two nautical miles, for example by fog or mist, the Vessel Traffic Centre (Call-sign “MARDEP”) will broadcast visibility reports on the major traffic routes and other water areas on V.H.F. Channels 12, 14 and 67. These will be broadcast on each hour until such
time the visibility has improved to more than two nautical miles.
In the event of an accident, this should be reported immediately to the Vessel Traffic Centre, either on V.H.F. (channel 12, 14 or 67) or by telephone (no. 2233 7801 or 2233 7802). (For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at
Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.3 of 2012
dated 9 Januarey 2012

DATE: January 09, 2012-COUNTRY: Australia-PORT: Port Kembla-Permission granted for industrial action ballot

Fair Work Australia has granted the Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union (CFMEU) permission to ballot members on taking up to seven consecutive days of protected action at Port Kembla Coal Terminal.
Staff to be balloted will be those members who work at Port Kembla Coal terminal as at January 5 and covered by the proposed enterprise agreement.
The ballot, to take place at Port Kembla Coal Terminal, will close on January 20. Staff who are members of CFMEU will vote on taking industrial action in the form of work stoppages including consecutive stoppages of work 168 hours, 48 hours, 24 hours, and between one and 12 hours. For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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