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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about: * United States, Cape Canaveral, Florida – Measures during arrival or departure of cruise ships * Singapore, Singapore – Soil investigation off Serangoon Harbour, East Johor Straits

DATE: January 24, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Cape Canaveral, Florida Measures during arrival or departure of cruise ships

Seaport Canaveral Corp. has advised of temporary safety measures put in place during the arrival or departure of cruise vessels in the port of Cape Canaveral.

1) When cruise ships enter the port destined terminals 5, 6, 8 and/or 10, all cargo operations will be stopped while the vessel passes the turning basin, and resume when it can be reasonably assured that there will be no unexpected surge conditions.

2) When cruise vessels exit the port from terminals 5, 6, 8 and/or 10, all cargo operations will be stopped and the loading arms and/or hoses will be disconnected. Cargo connections will be re-established after cruise vessel has passed and it can be reasonably assured that there will be no unexpected surge conditions.

These measures have been introduced due to unexpected surge conditions experienced at all berths during the transit of cruise vessels, and they will stay in place until Cape Canaveral Port Authority can remedy the surge issue.

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

DATE: January 24, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Singapore Soil investigation off Serangoon Harbour, East Johor Straits 

Soil investigation works will be conducted off Serangoon Harbour, East Johor Straits, from 26 January to 25 February 2012.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.06 of 2012, the worls will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – at Pulau Serangoon and its vicinity, at the following borehole co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum): BH-2) 1° 23.910’N / 103° 55.973’E BH-3) 1° 23.897’N / 103° 55.989’E

Soil investigation works will be carried out by means of borehole drilling using Jack barges “SIPL 1” and “SIPL 3”. The jack barges, with safety boat in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 30 meters radius centered at the barge.

Tugboat will be used for shifting the barges from one borehole location to another. The shifting of the barges will be carried out during daylight hours only.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft of the project work.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to: (a) Keep well clear and not to enter the safety zone of the barges; (b) Maintain a proper lookout; (c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution; (d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 21 (Sembawang Control); and (e) Communicate with Sembawang Control on VHF Channel 21 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

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