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Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

* Philippines, all ports – Tropical Storm Gener update (30 July 2012)

* Singapore, Singapore – Dredging works off Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal

* Australia, Port Kembla – Privatisation of ports

* Bunker Update – GAC MARKET PRICE UPDATE 30/07/12 

DATE: July 30, 2012 –  COUNTRY: Philippines – PORT: all ports – Tropical Storm Gener update (30 July 2012)

At 4:00 a.m. today, Tropical Storm “GENER” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 330 km East Northeast of Aparri, Cagayan (19.4°N, 124.9°E). Maximum sustained winds of 105 kph near center and gustiness of up to 135 kph. Forecast to move North Northwest at 11 kph.
Forecast: Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan Rroup of Islands and Batanes Group of Islands will experience stormy weather while Isabela, Kalinga and Apayao will have rains with gusty winds and the coastal waters along these areas will be rough to very rough. The rest of Luzon will have cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Visayas will be cloudy with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms while Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Southwest will prevail over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao and coming from the Northeast to Northwest over the rest of Luzon. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.
(For information about operations in the Philippines contact GAC Philippines at philippines@gac.com)
Source: PAGASA Weather Forecast issued at 5.00am on 30 June 2012, valid from 5.00am 30 June to 5.00am 31 June

DATE: July 30, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore –  Dredging works off Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal

The working period for dredging works off Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal has been extended. The works are now being conducted from 30 July 2012 to 29 January 2013.
According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.100 of 2012, the works are being conducted from 0100 to 0530 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) 1) 1° 16.074’N / 103° 47.683’E 2) 1° 16.019’N / 103° 47.774’E 3) 1° 15.946’N / 103° 47.768’E 4) 1° 16.030’N / 103° 47.694’E
Dredging works will be carried out by the dredgers “Ebisu”, “Musashi” and “Hitachi”. The dredgers will be held by spuds. There will be a circular safety working zone of 50-metres radius centred at the dredger. Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barges assisted by pusher tugs. Only one dredger, hopper barge and two tugs will be working at any one time.
During the operation, the dredger and hopper barge will be attended by tug boats. The tug boats will be used to shift the dredger and hopper  barges, when required to clear the fairway for vessels to berth or unberth. Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft to keep clear 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 VHF Channel 25 (Pasir Panjang Control); and (e) communicate with Pasir Panjang Control on VHF Channel 25 for assistance, if required.
For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

DATE: July 30, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Port Kembla –  Privatisation of ports

The New South Wales State Government is planning to privatise Port Kembla and Port Botany in order to increase funds for infrastructure projects.
Of the $500 million expected to be generated from the Port Kembla lease, $100 million will be spent on infrastructure in the Illawarra. The rest will be spent on other projects throughout the state.
The port’s potential privatisation was announced during last month’s state budget. Sydney Ports Corporation will lose responsibility for most of the Port Botany precinct but will retain control of maritime security and emergency responses.
The successful bidder should be known by December.
For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

DATE: July 30, 2012 – Bunker  Update: GAC MARKET PRICE UPDATE 30/07/12

Middle East

  • Qatar  IFO380: 0 IFO180:  0 MDO: 0 MGO: 925
  • Salalah  IFO380:  680 IFO180: 710 MDO: 0 MGO: 1115

Indian Subcontinent

  • Mumbai  IFO380: 646 IFO180:  659 MDO: 0 MGO: 1079

Egypt & Mediterranean

  • Istanbul  IFO380: 625.5 IFO180:  645.5 MDO: 0 MGO: 959.5
  • Malta LS  IFO380:  712.5 IFO180:  739.5 MDO: 0 MGO: 920.5

Europe & Africa

  • Durban  IFO380: 0 IFO180:  630.5 MDO: 1105.5 MGO: 0


  • Rio de Janeiro IFO380:  635.5 IFO180: 659 MDO: 0 MGO: 975

Asia Pacific

  • Busan  IFO380: 640 IFO180:  652.5 MDO: 912.5 MGO: 922.5
  • Hong Kong  IFO380:  658.5 IFO180: 658.5 MDO: 917 MGO: 920
  • Kaohsiung  IFO380:  678 IFO180: 690 MDO: 950 MGO: 965
  • Shanghai IFO380:  632.5 IFO180: 644 MDO: 0 MGO: 1039
  • Singapore  IFO380: 637.5 IFO180:  648.5 MDO: 950.5 MGO: 955.5

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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