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Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United Kingdom, Plymouth – Jetty closure
  • Angola, Luanda – Street protests in Luanda
  • Singapore, Singapore – Mooring/unmooring of vessels at mooring buoys at Pasir Panjang Phase 3 & 4 reclamation area
  • Australia, Hay Point – Revised berth depths
  • Australia, Sydney – Terminal charge for cruise ships to rise

DATE: June 20, 2012 – COUNTRY: United Kingdom – PORT: Plymouth Jetty closure

The Cattledown Wharfs jetty at Plymouth will be closed from 0800 hours on Tuesday 26 June until 0800 hours on Thursday 28 June.

This closure is to facilitate the change of hydraulic hoses on the marine arms as recommended in the service report.

For information about operations at UK ports contact GAC Shipping UK at uk@gac.com

DATE: June 20, 2012 – COUNTRY: Angola – PORT: Luanda Street protests in Luanda 

Due to protests in the streets of Luanda, the French Embassy is recommending that people to stay away from gatherings, especially in the districts of Maianga, Alvalade and Miramar.

For information about operations in Angola contact GAC Angola at angola@gac.com

DATE: June 20, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Mooring/unmooring of vessels at mooring buoys at Pasir Panjang Phase 3 & 4 reclamation area

The reclamation at Pasir Panjang terminal has commenced in Oct 2007 and will be completed by Dec 2014. During this period, bulk carriers and self propelled barges carrying sand in bulk will be transiting the Southern Fairway, Jong Fairway and West Keppel Fairway to Pasir Panjang Phase 3 & Phase 4 reclamation project area. Mariners shall keep a proper lookout for these vessels and navigate with extra caution when in the vicinity of Pasir Panjang terminal.

A maximum of one bulk carrier will be moored at the mooring buoys at any one time. The mooring and unmooring of vessels will be carried out in the daylight hours (0630 to 1900hours) during the period of reclamation work.

Masters of harbour craft shall proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution when approaching the vicinity of Pasir Panjang terminal.

The PPT- MB1 and PPT- MB2 buoys has been laid on 23 May 12. The mooring buoys will be removed upon completion of the reclamation.

Name: PPT-MB1 Latitude (N): 01° 16.203′ Longitude (E): 103° 46.951′ Buoy/Light Characteristic: Yellow polyethylene buoy Fl .Y.3s.

Name: PPT-MB2 Latitude (N): 01° 16.040′ Longitude (E): 103° 46.854′ Buoy/Light Characteristic: Yellow polyethylene buoy Fl .Y.3s.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.82 of 2012 dated 19 June 2012

DATE: June 20, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Hay Point Revised berth depths 

The Hay Point Harbour Master’s office has today (20 June) advised the following revised berthdepths:

HAY POINT PILOTAGE AREA

Locality: Hay Point departure channel and berths

Activity: amended port navigation depths

Refer to notice: 456 (T) of 2012

Mariners are advised that the design and actual port navigation depths below port datum Lowest Astronomical Tide (LAT) are amended as of Wednesday, 20 June 2012 as follows:

HPS Berth No 1 – Design Depth (in metres): 16.6 – Actual Depth (in metres): 16.5

HPS Berth No 2 – Design Depth (in metres): 16.7 – Actual Depth (in metres): 16.7

DBCT Berth No. 1 – Design Depth (in metres): 19.6 – Actual Depth (in metres): 17.7*

DBCT Berth No. 2 – Design Depth (in metres): 19.6 – Actual Depth (in metres): 18.1*

DBCT Berth No. 3 – Design Depth (in metres): 19.0 – Actual Depth (in metres): 18.1

DBCT Berth No. 4 – Design Depth (in metres): 19.0 – Actual Depth (in metres): 17.9*

* Revised or New Entry

Cancel notice: 456 (T) of 2012

AUS charts affected: 249, 250

HAY POINT PILOTAGE AREA

Locality: Hay Point Departure Channel

Activity: declared depths

Refer to notice: 704 (T) of 2011

Mariners are advised that the Hay Point Departure Apron and Channel is declared at the following datum below Lowest Astronomical Tide (LAT) as at Wednesday, 20 June 2012.

• Departure Apron and Channel from northern end to beacon No. 4 depth is 14.8 metres

• seaward of beacon No. 4 has a minimum depth of 15 metres.

Mariners are cautioned that lesser depths occur in an area south of Hay Point No. 1 berth out to approximately 100 metres east north-east from the seaward edge of new berth 3 pocket and leading southward to the southwest corner of the channel.

Deep draft vessels are advised to keep to the centreline of the channel on departure.

Cancel notice: 704 (T) of 2011

AUS charts affected: 249, 250

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

DATE: June 20, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Sydney  -Terminal charge for cruise ships to rise

Sydney Ports Corporation is planning to increase the terminal charge for cruise ships calling to Sydney from July 1 2013.

Based on current pricing, the proposed cost for ‘Terminal Hire’ is A$ 250 per hour, regardless of the size of the vessel. Thus, a vessel undertaking a 16 hour port call to Sydney will be charged A$ 4, 000.

Under the new proposed legislation, the vessels will be charged a fee of A$ 20 per passenger with a minimum of 1200 passengers. Thus, all vessels with 1200 passengers or less will be charged A$ 24, 000. The fee is to be charged “per 24 hour slot”.

The charges will be held for one year and will then increase to A$ 25 per passenger on 1 July 2014 and to A $30 per passenger on 1 July 2015.

GAC, along with Shipping Australia, is protesting this increase. Our main focus will be on the 1, 200 passenger minimum which punishes smaller vessels, looking to reduce this to 600 passenger minimum (which still remains a significant increase).

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

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