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Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Norway, all ports – Security guards’ strike continues
  • United Arab Emirates, Jebel Dhanna/Ruwais – Summer working hours
  • Singapore, Singapore – Construction works at Raffles Pier
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Dredging off Hung Hom Promenade
  • Panama, Panama Canal – Locks maintenance and Transit Reservation System
  • Bunker Update – 08/06/12

DATE: June 08, 2012 – COUNTRY: Norway – PORT: all ports – Security guards’ strike continues

The week-long strike by Norwegian security guards continues and is currently affecting security controls at airports.

The affected airports are: Oslo, Stavanger, Bergen, Trondheim, Tromso, Haugesund, Alesund, Kristiansund, Alta, Bodo, Sandnessjoen, Floro (only offshore), Leknes and Forde.

Some will have severely restricted capacity at security checkpoints at times, while others will have to close their security checkpoints due to no security personnel being available.

Passengers are urged to arrive at airports in good time before departure.

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

DATE: June 08, 2012 – COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates – PORT: Jebel Dhanna/Ruwais – Summer working hours

The following arrangements will be carried out in the Port of Jebel Dhanna/Ruwais to avoid operational delays during the restricted time:

1. The pilots will board the vessels at GHASHA pilot station before 0830 hours or after 1230 hours effective from 14 June until 15 September. The pilot boarding will be restricted from 0830 hours to 1230 hours, therefore client vessels need to plan their ETA accordingly.

2. The cargo loading/discharge plan to be adjusted by controlling the pumping rate to complete the cargo operation in sufficient time before or after the restricted time.

(For information about operations in Abu Dhabi contact NSGAC Abu Dhabi at abudhabi@gac.com)

Source: Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) notice

DATE: June 08, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Construction works at Raffles Pier 

Construction works are underway at Raffles Pier off Keppel Shipyard.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.78 of 2012 dated 7 June 2012, the works are being conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – until 6 December 2012, within a working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

1) 01° 17.757’N / 103° 39.393’E

2) 01° 17.732’N / 103° 39.364’E

3) 01° 17.749’N / 103° 39.350’E

4) 01° 17.686’N / 103° 39.276’E

5) 01° 17.714’N / 103° 39.252’E

6) 01° 17.721’N / 103° 39.260’E

The construction works entail demolition, extension works and installation of fenders for the new pier. A crane barge will be held in position by four-point anchoring system. There will be a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centred at the crane barge. A safety boat will be in attendance throughout the duration 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 VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Panjang Control); and

(e) Communicate with Jurong Control on Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: June 08, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Dredging off Hung Hom Promenade

From 11 June 2012 and for approximately 2 months, dredging operations will be carried out off the Hung Hom Promenade in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:

(A) 22° 17.965’N / 114° 11.155’E

(B) 22° 17.956’N / 114° 11.161’E

(C) 22° 17.978’N / 114° 11.214’E

(D) 22° 17.988’N / 114° 11.209’E

The works will be carried out by one derrick lighter. One tug and one hopper barge will provide assistance. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 30 metres will be established around the lighter. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the lighter.

The works will be carried out from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. 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.76 of 2012

DATE: June 08, 2012 – COUNTRY: Panama – PORT: Panama Canal – Locks maintenance and Transit Reservation System

Beginning Sunday, June 10, 2012 at 2000, through Monday, June  18, 2012, at 0500, the WEST lane at Gatun Locks will be out of service for repairs to rising stem valves in the upper sidewall culvert and middle and upper level chambers miter gates sills.

In addition, beginning Monday, June 11, 2012, through Tuesday, June 14, 2012, there will be a lane outage each day from 0700 to 1800 due to the replacement of yoke bushings on Miter Gates 120, 121, 122 and 123 (one Miter Gate on each day).

As a result, and in accordance with the rules governing the Transit Reservations System, Condition 2 will be in effect from Monday, June 11, 2012, through Sunday, June 17, 2012.

Applications for reserved transits while Condition 2 is in effect will be received beginning at 0900 hours on June 8, 2012. During this period in addition to booking slots regularly offered for Condition 2, the booking slot available through the Auction Process and the slots available for vessels less than 300 feet in length will continue to be offered.

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

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-11-2012 dated 6 June 2012

DATE: June 08, 2012 – Bunker Update: 08/06/12

Middle East

Qatar IFO380:  0 IFO180:  0 MDO: 0 MGO: 915

Salalah IFO380:  645 IFO180: 685 MDO: 0 MGO: 1190

Indian Subcontinent

Mumbai IFO380:  613.5 IFO180:  627.5 MDO: 0 MGO: 1001.5

Egypt & Mediterranean

Istanbul  IFO380:  624 IFO180:  646 MDO: 0 MGO: 948.5

Malta LS IFO380:  692.5 IFO180:  712.5 MDO: 0 MGO: 0

Europe & Africa

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


Rio de Janeiro IFO380:  639.5 IFO180: 663 MDO: 0 MGO: 935

Asia Pacific

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

Hong Kong IFO380:  600.5 IFO180: 614.5 MDO: 1034 MGO: 858.5

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

Shanghai IFO380:  606.5 IFO180: 622.5 MDO: 0 MGO: 1031

Singapore  IFO380: 605.5 IFO180:  617 MDO: 1020 MGO: 898

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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