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Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

* United Kingdom, Scalloway – Dredging project completed

* South Africa, Cape Town – Bunker barge breakdown

* South Africa, all ports – Reporting of oil spills and shipping casualties threatening pollution

* United States, all ports – Standards for Living Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters

* Singapore, Singapore – Demolition of jetty off Sentosa

* Australia, Port Kembla – Port Kembla – Towage tariff increase * Panama, Panama Canal – Gatun locks west lane outage

DATE: April 13, 2012 COUNTRY: United Kingdom PORT: Scalloway Dredging project completed

Shetland Ports have advised the completion of the harbour approaches dredging project. The project has widened and deepened the entrance channel at Scalloway (60° 08’N / 001° 16’W) to 8.7m minimum depth (at chart datum) with a 90m wide channel at its narrowest point.

Two new navigation buoys have been installed at the south side of the channel to make entry both safer and easier in all weather conditions.

The main quays offer berths up to 7.0m deep (at chart datum) with vessels of 7.0m draught and 120m length regularly using our facility.

Vessels over 90m are required to contact the harbour office for further details before entry.

For further details about port facilities and information about operations contact GAC Shipping UK at agency.lerwick@gac.com

DATE: April 13, 2012 – COUNTRY: South Africa – PORT: Cape Town  – Bunker barge breakdown

Cape Town bunker barge, Southern Valour, lost propulsion of her aft starboard thruster and will be dry-docked.

Some bunker delivery delays are expected as only pipeline delivery will be available during this period.

Dry docking has been planned from 17th April 2012 to 19th April 2012 to remove damaged thruster. Timeline linked to full repair is Mid May 2012, depending on availability of spare parts.

Bunker operations will continue during daylight hours only and in wind conditions not exceeding 15 knots. Bunker supply to be restricted to vessels with a minimum LOA of 100m (meters). Tug assistance will only be utilized in case of emergencies.  Barge masters have been instructed to thoroughly access each situation and use their discretion, always applying the principle of “doing it safely or not at all – there is always time to do it right”.

For information about operations in South Africa contact GAC South Africa at shipping.capetown@gac.com

DATE: April 13, 2012  – COUNTRY: South Africa – PORT: all ports – Reporting of oil spills and shipping casualties threatening pollution

South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has issued Marine Notice No. 10 of 2012 regarding the establishing of reporting requirements for pollution incidents. Reports should contain as much of the following information as possible:

– Name of the person reporting the incident – Telephone number (work/home) or other means of contact – Date and time of observation – Details of observation – Location (e.g. latitude and longitude or the position relative to the coastline) – Source and cause of pollution (e.g. name and type of vessel, collision or grounding) – Type and estimated quantity of oil spilled and the potential and probability of further pollution – Weather and sea conditions – Action taken or intended to respond to the incident

SAMSA, DEA (Department of Environmental Affairs) and Smit Amandla Marine are all concerned with the prevention, containment and cleaning up of oil spills at sea. The organisations should be informed as soon as possible whenever there is an oil spill or a threat of oil spill.

For full listing of the reporting procedure, relevant persons contact details, and general information about operations in affected countries, contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found in the ‘Contacts’ section of www.gac.com Source: SAMSA Marine Notice No. 10 of 2012 issued 12 April 2012

DATE: April 13, 2012 – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: all ports – Standards for Living Organisms in Ships’ Ballast Water Discharged in U.S. Waters

The U.S. Coast Guard is amending its regulations on ballast water management by establishing a standard for the allowable concentration of living organisms in ships’ ballast water discharged in waters of the United States.

The Coast Guard is also amending its regulations for engineering equipment by establishing an approval process for ballast water management systems.

These new regulations will aid in controlling the introduction and spread of non-indigenous species from ships’ ballast water in waters of the United States.

The rule is effective June 21, 2012.

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

DATE: April 13, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Demolition of jetty off Sentosa

From 15 April to 30 July 2012, works to demolish a jetty will be carried out off Sentosa.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.46 of 2012, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within a working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

  • 1) 01 deg. 15.378’N / 103 deg. 49.444’E
  • 2) 01 deg. 15.424’N / 103 deg. 49.450’E
  • 3) 01 deg. 15.394’N / 103 deg. 49.513’E
  • 4) 01 deg. 15.336’N / 103 deg. 49.488’E

The demolition works will entail breaking up the concrete deck and removal of the existing piles by the crane barge. The crane barge “POE 1817” will be held by her 4-point spud during the duration of work.

A safety boat will be deployed to advise all craft to keep clear of the working area.

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 working area; (b) Maintain a proper lookout; (c) Proceed at safe speed and navigate with caution; (d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 (Keppel Control); and (e) Communicate with Keppel Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: April 13, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia  – PORT: Port Kembla Port Kembla – Towage tariff increase

SVITZER, the local towage operator for Port Kembla, will be increasing their towage charges by 6%, effective 12 May 2012.

SVITZER advices the increase is due to the relocation of the new tug berth site and due to the associated investment to develop and increased cost of operating.

In addition SVITZER will also be introducing a 2.5% Infrastructure Surcharge on towage charges to meet the capital expenditure of the new tug berth site and the surcharge will be in force for a period of 2 years.

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

DATE: April 13, 2012 – COUNTRY: Panama – PORT: Panama Canal – Gatun locks west lane outage 

Panama Canal has tentatively scheduled Gatun locks west lane outage during May 14-23, 2012 (10 days).

The estimated transit capacity would be 26-28 ships daily. In order to avoid undue delays during this period, GAC-Wilford & McKay recommends considering transit booking application.

For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com

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