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HOT PORT NEWS from GAC

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about: * Norway, all ports – Security guard strike * Nigeria, all ports – VAT on Oil Terminal Dues & Compulsory Pilotage Royalty * Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Trimming underwater high spots south of Cheung Chau * Singapore, Singapore – Replacement of outer shoal beacon off East Keppel Fairway * Bunker Update – 01/06/12 ***********************************************************

DATE: June 01, 2012 COUNTRY: Norway PORT: all ports Security guard strike ————— A security guard strike will start in Norway at 20:00 hours local time today (1 June). All major airports, as well as terminals for crew changes, will be affected.

At the port of Mongstad, G4S security staff will be on strike from 06:00 hours local time on Monday (4 June). Therefore, no crew changes will be allowed, service personnel will not be able to attend ships except for personnel who have a valid ID card granting access to the terminal. Crew for doctor will be allowed.

The strike is expected to have serious consequences for security control at several airports and create major disruptions in air traffic.

Security guards from Securitas and G4S at Oslo Airport Gardermoen, Bergen Airport Flesland, Stavanger Airport Sola, Trondheim Airport Vaernes and Tromso Airport Langnes will be the first to go on strike.

At Oslo Airport Gardermoen (OSL) the security checkpoint is staffed by security guards from G4S. Here notice has been given for a large number of security guards: 155 members of the Norwegian Union of General Workers (NAF) and 240 members of Parat. In the event of a strike, capacity at the security checkpoint will be significantly reduced. This will result in major irregularity in air traffic.

At Bergen Airport Flesland, notice has been given for 40 security guards from Securitas. This will lead to reduced capacity compared to the ordinary situation and queues must be expected. The security checkpoint will be open from 05:00 to 22:00, with limited staffing. Those traveling after 22:00 must pass through the security checkpoint before 22:00.

At Trondheim Airport Vaernes, notice has been given for 40 security guards from Securitas. Operations will continue, but with a reduced number of open checkpoints. Queues must be expected.

At Stavanger Airport Sola, notice has been given for 40 hired security guards from Securitas. Operations will continue, but with a reduced number of open checkpoints. Queues must be expected.

At Tromso Airport Langnes, notice has been given for 30 security guards from Securitas. Operations will continue, but with a reduced number of open checkpoints and queues must be expected.

At all affected airports, dispensation will be requested for ambulance and fire and rescue services.

For information about operations in Norway contact GAC Norway at norway@gac.com

DATE: June 01, 2012 COUNTRY: Nigeria PORT: all ports VAT on Oil Terminal Dues & Compulsory Pilotage Royalty ————— The Nigerian Ports Authority has advised that  the Federal Inland Revenue Service (FIRS) has directed that Value Added Tax (VAT) should henceforth be charges on Oil Terminal Dues (OTD) and Compulsory Pilotage Royalty (CPR).

It adds that the VAT will be charged (in arrears) on OTD and CPR bills, where not previously charged, since 2005.

The Tankers Association of Nigeria is planning to submit a formal letter of objection to the retrospective element.

For information about operations in Nigeria contact GAC Nigeria at nigeria@gac.com

DATE: June 01, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Trimming underwater high spots south of Cheung Chau ————— With immediate effect and for a period of approximately 6 months, trimming operations for underwater high spots will be carried out in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D): (A) 22º 09.382’N / 114º 00.452’E (B) 22º 09.382’N / 114º 01.092’E (C) 22º 09.220’N / 114º 01.092’E (D) 22º 09.220’N / 114º 00.452’E

The works will be carried out by one grab dredger. One tug, one hopper barge and one guard boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around the dredger will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the dredger.

The hours of work will be round-the-clock. The vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.73 of 2012 dated 1 June 2012

DATE: June 01, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Singapore Replacement of outer shoal beacon off East Keppel Fairway ————— Work is underway, until 7 June, to replace the outer shoal beacon off East Keppel Fairway.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.75 of 2012, the works is being conducted from 0700 to 1900 hours daily – including Saturday & Sunday  within the area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum): 1) 01° 15.021’N / 103° 51.810’E 2) 01° 15.052’N / 103° 51.854’E 3) 01° 15.015’N / 103° 51.869’E 4) 01° 14.986’N / 103° 51.835’E

The crane barge “POE 1829” will be deployed for the removal and reinstallation works of the beacon. A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity 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 a safe speed and navigate with caution; (d) Maintain a listening watch on the appropriate VHF Channel 12; and (e) Communicate with East Control (VHF Channel 12) for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: June 01, 2012 Bunker Update: 01/06/12 ————— 01/06/12

===================================== Middle East

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Qatar ===================================== IFO380:  0 IFO180:  0 MDO: 0 MGO: 945

Salalah ===================================== IFO380:  763 IFO180: 803 MDO: 0 MGO: 1180

===================================== Indian Subcontinent =====================================

Mumbai ===================================== IFO380:  652.5 IFO180:  670 MDO: 0 MGO: 1033.5

===================================== Egypt & Mediterranean

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Istanbul ===================================== IFO380:  649.5 IFO180:  670.5 MDO: 0 MGO: 948.5

Malta LS ===================================== IFO380:  699.5 IFO180:  731.5 MDO: 0 MGO: 0

===================================== Europe & Africa =====================================

Durban ===================================== IFO380:  0 IFO180:  685.5 MDO: 1104.5 MGO: 0

===================================== Americas =====================================

Rio de Janeiro ===================================== IFO380:  657.5 IFO180: 681 MDO: 0 MGO: 955

===================================== Asia Pacific =====================================

Busan ===================================== IFO380:  670 IFO180:  680 MDO: 1030 MGO: 980

Hong Kong ===================================== IFO380:  640.5 IFO180: 655.5 MDO: 1034 MGO: 897.5

Kaohsiung ===================================== IFO380:  682 IFO180:  697 MDO: 1040 MGO: 953

Shanghai ===================================== IFO380:  648 IFO180: 663 MDO: 0 MGO: 1051.5

Singapore ===================================== IFO380: 632.5 IFO180:  648 MDO: 1020 MGO: 917.5

For any questions relating to the above or any otherbunkering matters, contact GAC Bunker Fuels on Tel +44-20-8749 7355 (24 hours) or by e-mail: bunker.gb@gac.com bunker.ae@gac.com bunker.sa@gac.com bunker.sg@gac.com bunker.eg@gac.com

 

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