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Your daily news service from ports around the world.  In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

* Germany, Kiel Canal – Repairs to Brunsbuettel Lock

* Singapore, Singapore – Installation of ADCP sensor buoy

* Australia, Port Kembla – Potential disruption at coal terminal

DATE: January 25, 2012-COUNTRY: Germany-PORT: Kiel Canal-Repairs to Brunsbuettel Lock

Kiel Canal Authority has announced that the New Big South Lock Chamber at Brusbuettel will be out of service due to repairs between 0800 and 1600 hours tomorrow (26 January 2012). (For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com) Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC network agency

DATE: January 25, 2012-COUNTRY: Singapore-PORT: Singapore-Installation of ADCP sensor buoy

On 26 and 27 January, ADCP sensor buoys will be installed off Serebut Beacon. According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.08 of 2012, the work will be carried out between 0800 and 1800 hours daily off Sinki Fairway, at the following co-ordinate (WGS 84 Datum): ADCP2a) 01° 14.809’N / 103° 42.111’E ADCP2b) 01° 14.799’N / 103° 42.086’E

The work boat “DHI Explorer I” will be deployed for the installation of Sensor Buoys. The work boat, with a safety boat in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50 meters radius centered at the work boat. A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft to keep clear of the working area. Craft involved in his works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day  signals. When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to: (a) Keep well clear and not to enter the working area; (b) Maintain a proper lookout; (c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution; (d) Maintain a listening watch on the appropriate VHF Channel 68; and (e) Communicate with  Sinki Control (VHF Channel 68) for assistance, if required. For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

DATE: January 25, 2012-COUNTRY: Australia-PORT: Port Kembla-Potential disruption at coal terminal

Port Kembla Coal Terminal (PKCT) has advised of the possiblity of disruption due to potential industrial action, starting from 1 February.

The CFMEU union has given formal notice of protected industrial action by PKCT workers. Unless averted, the action will be the consecutive stoppage of work of all members of 168 hours from 0700 on Wednesday 1 February until 0659 on Wednesday 8 February.

A conciliation conference with Fair Work Australia is scheduled at 10.00 this Friday (27 January) to assist with resolution of outstanding issues.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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