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Your daily news service from ports around the world – delayed due to technial problem from this site.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

* United States, Delaware River – Marcus Hook Anchorage opening

* India, Paradip – Enhancement of berth drafts for February & March 2012

* Singapore, all ports – Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Air) (Amendment) regulations 2012

* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Yacht Races between Hong Kong and Macau

* Turkey, Turkish Straits – Collision in Southern Bosphorus anchorage

DATE: January 20, 2012-COUNTRY: United States-PORT: Delaware River-Marcus Hook Anchorage opening

The Dredge ESSEX has completed operations within Marcus Hook Anchorage. The US Coast Guard has cleared the safety zone as of January 19, 2012. Vessels desiring to anchor in Marcus Hook Anchorage are no longer required to obtain permission from the Captain of the Port. Mariners are reminded that no vessel shall occupy the anchorage for a longer period than 48 hours without a permit from the Captain of the Port. (For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com) Source: US Coast Guard Delaware Bay Marine Safety Information Bulleting No.03-12 dated 19 January 2012

DATE: January 20, 2012-COUNTRY: India-PORT: Paradip-Enhancement of berth drafts for February & March 2012

The draft at following berths are hereby temporarily enhanced as follows for the month of February & March 2012 considering prevailing weather and tidal conditions:

BERTH SQ From/To: 0000 on 01.02.2012 to 2400 on 06.02.2012 – From/To: 0000 on 14.02.2012 to 2400 on 19.02.2012 – From/To: 0000 on 28.02.2012 to 2400 on 06.03.2012 – From/To: 0000 on 14.03.2012 to 2400 on 20.03.2012 – From/To: 0000 on 27.03.2012 to 2400 on 31.03.2012 – Draft: 12.50 metres

BERTH EQ-IFrom/To: 0000 on 01.02.2012 to 2400 on 06.02.2012 – From/To: 0000 on 14.02.2012 to 2400 on 19.02.2012 – From/To: 0000 on 28.02.2012 to 2400 on 06.03.2012 – From/To: 0000 on 14.03.2012 to 2400 on 20.03.2012 – From/To: 0000 on 27.03.2012 to 2400 on 31.03.2012 – Draft: 11.50 metres

BERTH EQ-II  From/To: 0000 on 01.02.2012 to 2400 on 31.03.2012 – Draft: 11.50 metres

BERTH EQ-III  From/To: 0000 on 01.02.2012 to 2400 on 31.03.2012 – Draft: 12.50 metres

BERTH CQ-I  From/To: 0000 on 01.02.2012 to 2400 on 31.03.2012 – Draft: 13.00 metres

BERTH CQ-II  From/To: 0000 on 01.02.2012 to 2400 on 31.03.2012 – Draft: 12.80 metres Note: 1. Berthing & Un-berthing at CQ-I for 13.0 Mtr vessels & CQ-II for 12.80 Mtr. vessels shall be carried out during high water with tide of at least 1.50 Mtrs. Berthing & Un-berthing at other berths shall be carried out during high water with tide of atleast 1.20 Mtrs for above enhanced draft vessels. 2. The above notice is purely temporary and can be withdrawn at any time without prior information due to sudden change in weather condition. 3. This shall be reviewed again towards the end of March 2012. 4. Draft for other days shall remain as per the original notification No.:MD/SHS/TECH-26/2011/824 Dt.05.05.2011. (For information about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com) Source: Paradip Port Trust Marine Department No:MD/SHS/TECH-26/2012/ dated 20 January 2012

DATE: January 20, 2012-COUNTRY: Singapore-PORT: all ports-Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Air) (Amendment) regulations 2012

The Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Air) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 will enter into force on 1 February 2012. The  Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Air) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 gives effect to  Resolution MEPC.194(61). This Resolution deals with the amendment to Annex VI of MARPOL 73/78 by revising the Supplement to the IAPP Certificate, to clearly document the ship’s compliance with the fuel sulphur requirements or alternative equivalent arrangement according to the timeframe under Regulation 14 of MARPOL Annex VI.  Shipping Circular No. 20 of 2011 provides further information on this Resolution. The Prevention of Pollution of the Sea (Air) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 were published in the Government Gazette on 18 January 2012.

Copies of the Regulations may be purchased at:    Toppan Leefung Pte Ltd Legal Publication Great World City East Tower, #18-01/06 1, Kim Seng Promenade Singapore 237994Tel: 6826 9691 Fax: 6820 3341 Email: legalpub@toppanleefung.com Website: www.toppanleefung.com/webshop Mon – Fri: 9:30am – 6:00pm (For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com) Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Shipping Circular to Shipowners No.2 of 2012 dated 20 January 2012

DATE: January 20, 2012-COUNTRY: Hong Kong-PORT: Hong Kong-Yacht Races between Hong Kong and Macau

Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau will take place on 23 January 2012 (Monday) and 25 January 2012 (Wednesday). About 35 sailing boats are expected to participate in the races. The outbound trip from Hong Kong to Macau will start at 1000 hours on 23 January 2012 in an area south-east of Lamma Island (approximately one nautical mile south of Wong Chuk Kok Light). Depending on the weather condition, it will follow: (a) Course 1 – a westerly route through south of Lamma Island, south of Tai A Chau, thence to Macau if the wind is coming from the north; OR (b) Course 2 – a south-westerly route through the southern Boundary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, thence to Macau if the wind is coming from the south. The return trip from Macau to Hong Kong will start at 1030 hours on 25 January 2012 and will follow: (a) Course 1 – a route through south of Tai A Chau and to complete the race at a position east of Cheung Chau if the wind is coming from the north; OR (b) Course 2 – a route through south of Shek Kwu Chau and to complete the race at a position east of Cheung Chau if the wind is coming from the south. Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the race routes should proceed with caution, giving practical consideration to the contestants. Compliance with the provisions of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 is mandatory. (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.7 of 2012

DATE: January 20, 2012-COUNTRY: Turkey-PORT: Turkish Straits-Collision in Southern Bosphorus anchorage

Due to strong south wind, M/V Kayan I collided with M/V Adriablue while she was trying to anchor at Southern Bosphorus anchorage area. M/V Kayan I started taking water in the stern hold and there was damage to M/V Adriablue’s accommodation section as a result of the collusion. The situation is reported to be getting critical for the M/V Kayan I and a crew rescue operation has been launched. The vessel is still taking on water and there is a risk of her sinking. For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

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