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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • * Singapore, Singapore – Dredging at Mencast Foreshore off Sungei Jurong
  • * Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Fireworks to celebrate 15th anniversary HKSAR establishment
  • * Australia, Great Barrier Reef Marine Park – Great Barrier Reef pilotage costs to rise
  • * Chile, Puerto Montt – Updated port rates to come into effect
  • * Bunker Update – 22/06/12

DATE: June 22, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Dredging at Mencast Foreshore off Sungei Jurong

From 25 June to 15 September, dredging works will be carried out at Mencast Foreshore off Sungei Jurong.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.83 of 2012, the works will be conducted 24hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

  • A) 1° 18.271’N / 103° 43.724’E
  • B) 1° 18.253’N / 103° 43.694’E
  • C) 1° 18.348’N / 103° 43.665’E
  • D) 1° 18.341’N / 103° 43.724’E

Dredging works will be carried out by dredger held in position with anchors. The dredger, with hopper barges in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centred at the dredger.

Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barges assisted by pusher tugs.

Tug boats will be used to shift the dredger, when required to clear the fairway for vessels.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn the other craft of the project work off the working area. Contact with the safety boats can be made via VHF Channel 22.

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: June 22, 2012 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong – Fireworks to celebrate 15th anniversary HKSAR establishment

A Fireworks Display will take place in the Central Harbour, in an area off Wan Chai, at about 2000 hours on Sunday, 1 July 2012.

The fireworks will be discharged from five barges anchored at five positions (a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) in a straight line.

These five positions (WGS 84 Datum) are:

  • (a) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.061’E
  • (b) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.198’E
  • (c) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.335’E
  • (d) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.472’E
  • (e) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.610’E

A Closed Area, encompassing the barges, will be established between 1400 hours and about 2300 hours on Sunday, 1 July 2012.

(i) The area is formed by four straight lines joining the following positions (WGS 84 Datum), (1) to (4): (1) 22 deg. 17.366’N / 114 deg. 09.960’E (2) 22 deg. 17.366’N / 114 deg. 10.715’E (3) 22 deg. 17.192’N / 114 deg. 10.715’E (4) 22 deg. 17.192’N / 114 deg. 09.960’E

(ii) From 1400 hours to about 2300 hours, the Closed Area will be closed to all marine traffic, except vessels directly involved in the fireworks display, Government launches and other vessels approved by the Director of Marine.

The Central Harbour will be designated as a Restricted Area from 1900 hours to about 2100 hours. Details are as follows:

(i) The eastern limit of the Restricted Area is a straight line joining the southern extremity of MTR Hung Hom Freight Terminal Pier and the breakwater at Kellett Island, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. The western limit of the Restricted Area is a straight line joining the southwestern extremity of the Ocean Terminal and the Central Government Pier.

(ii) From 1900 hours to about 2100 hours, no vessels, other than excepted vessels, will be allowed to enter or remain within the Restricted Area. The excepted vessels are Government launches, vessels directly involved in the fireworks display, and vessels that have obtained permission from the Director of Marine.

Vessels intending to navigate in the Central Harbour after the fireworks display should pay special attention to the establishment of three Buffer Zones and the associated marine traffic control measures at Kowloon Public Pier, Kwun Tong Public Pier, and Central Piers 9 and 10.

In the event of inclement weather, the display may be postponed to a fallback date on Monday, 2 July 2012, at about 2000 hours. On the fallback date, the control measures contained in this Notice and Annex will be enforced in the same manner as detailed in this Notice for 1 July 2012.

On Sunday, 1 July 2012, the venue of the Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Race will also be set up at the waterfront of Tsim Sha Tsui East and the seaward boundary of the venue will be marked by barges. Vessels in the vicinity should navigate with extreme caution, in particular after the fireworks display.

(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.88 of 2012

DATE: June 22, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Great Barrier Reef – Marine Park Great Barrier Reef pilotage costs to rise

Torres Pilots, one of the two pilotage companies operating in the Great Barrier Reef Compulsory Pilotage area, has announced that costs will increase by an average of 10%. The below will apply to all uncontracted clients boarded on or after 1 July 2012:

FEE SCHEDULE (in Australian Dollars exc GST)

INNER ROUTE

– Goods Island to Cairns Berth / Cape Flattery (draft <8.0m): A$ 8, 020 NET – Goods Island to Cairns Fairway (draft <8.0m): A$ 9, 580 NET – Booby Island to Cairns Berth / Cape Flattery (draft >8.0m): A$ 9, 100 NET – Booby Island to Cairns Fairway (draft >8.0m): A$ 10, 660 NET

Assistance in the non licenced areas south of Cairns by arrangement; including ports of: Mourilyan, Lucinda, Townsville, Abbot Point, Mackay, Hay Point, Dalrymple Bay, Port Alma and Gladstone.

GREAT NORTH EAST CHANNEL

– Goods Island to Dalrymple Island (draft <8.0m): A$ 8, 770 NET – Booby Island to Dalrymple Island (draft >8.0m): A$ 9, 850 NET – Goods Island / Booby Island to Umuda and return (inc berth/unberth): A$ 15, 620 NET

HYDROGRAPHERS PASSAGE

– Pilotage Blossom Bank to / from Hay Point or DBCT: A$ 2, 990 NET – Helicopter transfer to / from vessel (charged at cost): A$ 7, 050 NET Inbound pilotages: – Inner Anchorage Helicopter Transfer from vessel (charged at cost): A$ 1, 090 NET – Outer Anchorage Helicopter Transfer from vessel (charged at cost): A$ 1, 250 NET

Compliant with CASA commercial flight regulations

TIME FEES AND LANDING CHARGES

– A time fee will be charged per hour where the pilot is delayed on board a vessel at an anchorage or port (except Hay Point): A$ 80 NET – A time fee will be charged per hour where pilotage of vessel exceeds 40hrs to transit the Inner Route or exceeds 12hrs to transit the Great North East Channel: A$ 80 NET – Landing will be arranged in consultation with the vessel’s agent if the vessel is not BOA and charged at cost.

FUEL LEVY – Fuel required for the long pilot transfers in remote areas: A$ 230 NET

Torres Pilots discounted fees for contracted ship operators/owners will remain unchanged unless otherwise advised.

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

DATE: June 22, 2012 – COUNTRY: Chile – PORT: Puerto Montt – Updated port rates to come into effect

The following updated rates will be in effect at Puerto Montt and Castro ports with effect from 1 August 2012:

Vessel Wharfage: USD 1.62 x LOA x hour

For information about operations in Chile contact GAC Ultramar Network at gac-ultramarnetwork.chile@gac.com

DATE: June 22, 2012 Bunker Update: 22/06/12

Middle East

  • Qatar IFO380:  0 IFO180:  0 MDO: 0 MGO: 915
  • Salalah IFO380:  645 IFO180: 685 MDO: 0 MGO: 1190

Indian Subcontinent

  • Mumbai  IFO380:  596.5 IFO180:  610 MDO: 0 MGO: 976.5

Egypt & Mediterranean

  • Istanbul IFO380:  592.5 IFO180:  612.5 MDO: 0 MGO: 880.5
  • Malta LS IFO380:  650.5 IFO180:  671.5 MDO: 0 MGO: 0

Europe & Africa

  • Durban IFO380:  0 IFO180:  623.5 MDO: 1104.5 MGO: 0

Americas

  • Rio de Janeiro IFO380:  598.5 IFO180: 622 MDO: 0 MGO: 895

Asia Pacific

  • Busan IFO380:  585 IFO180:  600 MDO: 870 MGO: 870
  • Hong Kong IFO380:  590 IFO180:  601 MDO: 1034 MGO: 826
  • Kaohsiung IFO380: 637 IFO180:  649 MDO: 1040 MGO: 893
  • Shanghai IFO380:  609.5 IFO180: 621.5 MDO: 0 MGO: 1031.5
  • Singapore IFO380: 582 IFO180:  593.5 MDO: 880 MGO: 859.5

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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