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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United States, Houston, Texas – Expansion of I-418 Manifest Pilot Program
  • United States, all ports – Navigation restrictions after right whale season ends
  • Qatar, all ports – Drilling operations in North Field Development
  • Singapore, Singapore – Installation of submarine cables
  • Australia, Gladstone – Extension of Auckland Point Wharf  4 (update)

DATE: May 02, 2012  -COUNTRY: United States – PORT: Houston, Texas  – Expansion of I-418 Manifest Pilot Program

U. S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Area Port of Houston/Galveston by issuance of this Public Information Notice (PIN), hereby outlines the requirements of the final expansion of the I-418 manifest pilot program.

Participating lines are no longer mandated to provide a paper copy CBP Form I-418 at: – The first port of arrival (initial CBP vessel boarding) – Subsequent ports within the United States (coastwise/port of call movements) – Upon the final departure of the vessel from the United States (departure crew list)

Documents that currently support the manifest at arrival or departure, such as Forms I-95, I-94, I-408s, etc., are still required. Departure documents should be submitted to CBP no later than 30 days after the vessel’s departure. As required by 8 CFR 251.5, vessel operators and or agents are required to transmit the crew information and subsequent crew changes via the established Electronic Notice of Arrival/Departure (eNOA/eNOD) process, which CBP will utilize in place of the hard copy CBP Form I-418.

Ports participating in the program within the Houston Field Office (HFO): Houston, Freeport, Galveston, and Corpus Christi.

Participating Lines: APL, Atlantic Cartier, Atlantic Companion, Atlantic Compass, Atlantic Concert, Atlantic Conveyor, China Shipping, Chipolbrok, CMA-CGM, CNNI Container Line, COSCO, Crowley Liner Services, CSA, Dole Africa, Dole America, Dole Asia, Dole California, Dole Chile, Dole Colombia, Dole Costa Rica, Dole Ecuador, Dole Europa, Dole Honduras, Evergreen Line, Hamburg Sud, Hanjin Shipping, Hapag Lloyd, HMM, Independent Accord, Independent Concept, Juemme Trader, Julius S, K-Line, Maersk Line, MOL, MSC, NYK Line, OOCL, PIL, UASC, Wallenius Wilhelmsen, Wan Hei Lines, Yang Ming, ZIM.

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

Source: U.S. Customs and Border Protection, Port of Houston/Galveston, Public Information Notice No. HOU SEA-12-008 dated 1 May 2012

DATE: May 02, 2012 – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: all ports  -Navigation restrictions after right whale season ends

The right whale migration and calving season along the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast coasts of the United States (i.e. Long Island and south) came to an end on April 30, 2012.

The Mid-Atlantic Seasonal Management Areas will remain closed until November 1, 2012 and the Southeast Seasonal Management Area and the WHALESSOUTH Mandatory Ship Reporting area will remain closed until November 15, 2012.

Vessels can make full speed while transiting in these areas while the season is closed. In addition, vessels entering the WHALESSOUTH Mandatory Ship Reporting area are not required to send a message until the season reopens on November 15, 2012.

While the 2011-2012 right whale migration and calving season has ended, vessels are requested to remain vigilant and immediately report any sightings to the Coast Guard via channel 16.

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

DATE: May 02, 2012  – COUNTRY: Qatar  – PORT: all ports  – Drilling operations in North Field Development

Ras Gas Company Limited (RasGas) are undertaking drilling operations by the Jack-up Rig Ensco 94 within Qatar’s North Field Development.


Drilling Rig (Ensco 94) Barzan WHP-3 Co-ordinates: – Latitude:   26 Deg. 22 Min. 18.14 Sec. North – Longitude: 051 Deg. 56 Min. 25.28 Sec. East

UTM: 593, 815.69m   East Clarke 1880 spheroid, RGS (Qatar)      2, 916, 954.04m North Projection: UTM Zohne 39 N;      Central Meridian: 51 Deg. E

Approximate Mobilization date: 30 April 2012 Approximate project duration: 300 days

RasGas advises all fishermen and mariners to be mindful of this operation and to avoid interfering with installation activities. RasGas assumes no responsibility for any associated damage or loss following this advertisement.

(For information about operations in or off Qatar contact GAC Qatar at qatar@gac.com)

Source: RasGas Company Limited announcement

DATE: May 02, 2012  – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Installation of submarine cables

The working period for the installation of submarine cables off Changi East has been extended.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.59 of 2012, the works are now being conducted from 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – from 1 to 31 May 2012, on a route indicated by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

  • 1) 01° 18.664’N / 104° 00.187’E
  • 2) 01° 18.511’N / 104° 00.379’E
  • 3) 01° 17.037’N / 104° 02.850’E
  • 4) 01° 17.035’N / 104° 02.852’E

The submarine cable installation will entail pre-trenching works, locating of ‘out-of-service’ cable crossings, rock cutting works and cable laying operations. The works will be carried out by the cable laying barge “Asean Protector”. The safety zone is a circular area with a radius of 150 metres centered at the location of the barge.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft to keep clear of the operation.

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 & navigate with caution;
  • (d) Maintain a listening watch on appropriate VHF Channel 12; and
  • (e) Communicate with East Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: May 02, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Gladstone – Extension of Auckland Point Wharf  4 (update)

Gladstone Ports Corporation [GPC] is committed to facilitating growth for Central Queensland exports and imports, and as such is undertaking an extension to AP4 to accommodate future vessels.

Over the past few years, vessels berthing at AP4 have increased in size with many exceeding the existing wharf length.

16 April to 15 June 2012 Arrangements for use of Capstan at Barney Point End

17 April – Additional bollard installation at rear of Berth (Barney Point end)

Capstan removal will be delayed as long as practical to allow vessels to continue to use it. We will work closely with the pile driving contractor to provide access and use of the Barney Point end Capstan whilst wharf extension activities are undertaken.

Mooring to this Capstan over the next 4 weeks will be dependant on location of piles being driven.

The piling contractor will work in with GPC to allow berth movements.

An update on Capstan removal date will be provided in early May….

….During this time, mooring patterns for vessels will need to be adjusted to suit. For vessels approximately 160 LOA or larger will require approval by RHM and Pilots to ensure safe Mooring for the duration of visit.

All vessels berthing at either AP3 or AP4 during this time may be affected and delays may be experienced as vessels at AP4 may impact on vessels at AP3.

Agents are requested to nominate vessels early and ensure accurate information is provided regarding ETA and expected discharge sequence….

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

Source: Gladstone Ports Corporation notice

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