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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about: * United States, Mississippi River, Louisiana –  Lower Mississippi River dredging update

* United States, Mississippi River, Louisiana – Carollton Guage reading 9 feet and falling

* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Submarine Outfall Inspection Works off Cheung Chau Typhoon Shelter

* Turkey, Dardanelles – Security space between tankers

DATE: January 18, 2012 COUNTRY: United States-PORT: Mississippi River, Louisiana Lower Mississippi River dredging update

The Corps’ hopper dredge WHEELER has been approved to begin dredging at Cubits Gap, Mile 3 Above Head of Passes (AHP) and is expected to be on scene dredging today (18 January). The next step will be to finalize the remaining contract issues with the industry hopper dredge STUYVESANT so that it can begin dredging soon. If this contract is awarded the STUYVESANT’s most likely assignment would be one of the deficient reaches in Southwest Pass. Captain A.J. Gibbs, President of the Crescent River Port Pilots Association, has confirmed that the maximum draft restriction of 42 feet will be implemented from Pilottown (approximately Mile 2 Above Head of Passes) to Venice at approximately Mile 12 Above Head of Pass.  Vessels moving above Venice are only limited to 47 feet, this may help with vessels shifting cargo above the restricted area of the LMR.  However, the maximum draft recommendation for all vessels transiting through Venice is 42 feet until further notice.  This reach represents the LMR’s controlling draft. Even with the WHEELER and STUYVESANT on scene it maybe a week or longer before the 42 feet maximum draft restriction is adjusted.

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

DATE: January 18, 2012-COUNTRY: United States-PORT: Mississippi River, Louisiana Carollton Guage reading 9 feet and falling

As a result of the Carrollton Gauge reading 9 feet and falling the following are now effect: 1. In accordance with 33 CFR 161.65, the Governor Nicholls Harbor Traffic Control Light 94, Gretna Harbor Traffic Control Light 97 and the Westwego Traffic Light 102 have been de-energized. 2. The Harbor Traffic Control Lights are located at: Governor Nicholls Light, MM 94.3, AHP, LDB, LMR (LLNR 13855/34770), Gretna Light, MM 96.6, AHP, RDB, LMR (LLNR 13880/34795) and the Westwego Traffic Light, MM 101.4, AHP, RDB, LMR (LLNR13950). 3. The Governor Nicholls Light 94 and the Gretna Light 97 are properly operating. (For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com) Source: US Coast Guard Marine Safety Bulletin dated 17 January 2012

DATE: January 18, 2012-COUNTRY: Hong Kong-PORT: Hong Kong-Submarine Outfall Inspection Works off Cheung Chau Typhoon Shelter

With immediate effect and for a period of approximately one week, submarine outfall inspection works will be carried out [off Cheung Chau Typhoon Shelter] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum): (A) 22º 12.754’N / 114º 00.867’E (B) 22º 12.764’N / 114º 00.940’E (C) 22º 12.711’N / 114º 00.949’E (D) 22º 12.700’N / 114º 00.876’E

One work boat will carry out the works. One guard boat will provide assistance. A working area of approximately 25 metres around the work boat will be established. The hours of works will be from 0800 to 1700 hours. The vessels employed for the works will not stay in the works area 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 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.9 of 2012 dated 17 January 2012

DATE: January 18, 2012-COUNTRY: Turkey-PORT: Dardanelles-Security space between tankers

The Dardanelles VTS is fixing the maximum number of tankers (9 tankers every in past two days), allowing 60 minutes security space between tankers to reduce waiting periods.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at shipping@gac.com

 

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