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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • India, Sikka(Jamnagar – Reliance Terminal) – Terminal monsoon restrictions
  • India, Mormugao – Monsoon season restrictions
  • Singapore, Singapore – Dredging works at Gul Basin
  • Australia, Port Kembla – Three-day shutdown for maintenance

DATE: April 30, 2012 – COUNTRY: India – PORT: Sikka(Jamnagar – Reliance Terminal) – Terminal monsoon restrictions 

Monsoon restrictions shall come into effect at Sikka Reliance Terminal from tomorrow (1 May 2012).

No change of crew shall be permitted while the vessel is moored to SPM. Further, Port Control Centre must be kept informed prior to movement of all crafts in RPTL area. Craft must maintain contact with POC on channel 71 while operating in the area.

For information about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com

DATE: April 30, 2012 COUNTRY: India PORT: Mormugao Monsoon season restrictions ————— During the coming monsoon season [21 May-15 September], the following will be the admissible lengths and drafts for incoming and outgoing vessels [at Mormugao]:

(a) BERTHS 1, 2, 3 & part of BERTH 4 up to Bollard No.14

Leased to M/s WISL. Proposed drafts for current year unlike during the past years, full drafts will be maintained til such time siltation takes place. Drafts thereafter will be reduced commensurate to the amount of siltation.

(b) BERTH No.5 ============== LOA: 170 mtrs. Draft: 12.5

(c) BERTH No.6 ============== LOA: 225 mtrs. Draft: 13.5

(d) BERTH No.8 ============== LOA: 185 mtrs. Draft: 11.0

(e) BERTH No.9(*) ================= LOA: 260 mtrs. Draft: 13.5 (* Extra draft for vessels sailing from Berth No.9 will be governed by calculation on the concept of sailing draft/U.K.C. of Goa Ore Berth)

(f) BERTH No.10 =============== LOA: 190 mtrs. Draft: 12.0

(g) BERTH No.11 =============== LOA: 190 mtrs. Draft: 12.5

(h) MOORING DOLPHINS 1 & 2 ========================== LOA: 190 mtrs. Draft: 12.5

(i) MOORING DOLPHINS 2 & 3 ========================== LOA: 190 mtrs. Draft: 12.5

(j) MOORING DOLPHINS 3 & 4 ========================== LOA: 190 mtrs. Draft: 12.5

(k) MOORING DOLPHINS 4 & 5 ========================== LOA: 190 mtrs. Draft: 10.0

(l) MOORING DOLPHINS 5 & 6 ========================== LOA: 190 mtrs. Draft: 10.0

(i) MOORING DOLPHINS 2 & 3 ========================== LOA: 190 mtrs. Draft: 12.5

The total of LOA of two vessels at No.10 & 11 verth shall not exceed 380 m.

The above is provisional and will be subject to availability of space, depth, prevailing sea and weather conditions and height of tide on the day in question. If the swell is more than 4 mtrs, there will be drastic reductions in permissible drafts.

Vessels intending to make use of the tide and load over the above declared drafts should request the Dy. Conservator/Harbour Master for his advance 24 hours before completion as per present practice.

Extra draft for vessels may be considered depending on the prevailing weather conditions, height of tide and the amount/degree of siltation in the navigational channel.

Ships will be moored at the dolphins will at least six head ropes and six stern ropes of suitable size and strength for the size of the vessel. These ropes shall be of polyproprolene or other synthetic material which floats on water. Ships’ anchors may or may not be used depending on the prevailing weather conditions and size of the vessel. It may be noted that during adverse weather conditions, the vessel may have to be moved from the Mooring Dolphin to any suitable berth, if available, to complete her cargo operations. However, if the berth is  not available, the vessel may have to be shifted to outer anchorage til weather conditions improve.

In view of the cyclonic weather conditions, number of anchorages East of Breakwater will depend on the available space on the day in question.

For the same reason, all concerned are hereby requested to adhere to the recommended lengths in their own interest.

Allotment of mooring dolphins will be decided after consideration of the following points:

  • (i)   The date of arrival/commencement of loading/discharging
  • (ii)  Expected loading/discharging rate and type of cargo
  • (iii) Type of loading/discharging gear on board the vessel It is normally expected that after consideration of these three points, when a vessel is allotted mooring dolphins, she should endeavour to complete her loading/discharging at the earliest.
  • However, if any specific difficulty is experienced in allotting mooring dolphins for a particular vessel, final decision in consultation with all concerned would be taken at the berthing meeting on the day in question.

(For information about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com)

DATE: April 30, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore  -Dredging works at Gul Basin

From 7 May to 31 August 2012, dredging works will be carried out at Gul Basin.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.57 of 2012, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working areas bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum): 1) 1° 18.239’N / 103° 40.374’E 2) 1° 18.235’N / 103° 40.338’E 3) 1° 18.144’N / 103° 40.349’E 4) 1° 18.149’N / 103° 40.390’E

Dredging works will be carried out by the grab dredgers. The grab dredgers will be held by 4-point anchoring system and each anchor position will be marked by a yellow buoy, Fl Y 3s. The dredgers, with hopper barges in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centred at the dredgers. Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barges.

During the operation, the dredgers will be attended by tug boat. The tug boats will be used to shift the dredger.

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

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 a safe speed and navigate with caution; (d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control); and (e) communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: April 30, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia  -PORT: Port Kembla  – Three-day shutdown for maintenance

Port Kembla Coal Terminal has advised that there will be a three-day shut-down due to maintenance of loaders and reclaimers from 0700 hours tomorrow (1 May) to 1900 hours on 3 May.

During this period there will be no vessel loading operations.

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

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