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HOT Port news from GAC

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Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Australia, Port Kembla – Severe weather warning
  • * Turkey, all ports – Ramazan Bayrami Holiday & Independence Day
  • * Ecuador, all ports – Ecuador Public Holiday
  • * Panama, Panama Canal – Canal toll system restructure & increases approved

DATE: August 09, 2012 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Port Kembla – Severe weather warning

Due to a severe weather warning and strong gale wind forecast for the next few days, the Port Kembla Harbour Master has ordered the anchorage to be cleared and all ships to proceed to sea and remain more than 12NM off the coast.

Present indications are that the anchorage will be closed at least until Sunday (12 August).

The port remains open at this point, however all vessel movements to/from and within the port limits will be individually risk managed until weather conditions return to normal.

The Harbour Master will re-assess the weather conditions tomorrow morning, Friday 10 August.

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

DATE: August 09, 2012 – COUNTRY: Turkey – PORT: all ports – Ramazan Bayrami Holiday & Independence Day

All official institutions and banks in Turkey will be closed for the four-day holiday from Saturday 18 August to Tuesday 21 August, as well as on 30 Day (Day of Independence).

Arrangements for crew, spares, provisions, etc. should be made and forwarded well in advance to ensure timely delivery to vessels.

Some ports may be closed between these dates and official services will be increased by 50% (pilotage, towage, mooring, customs). Please check prior calling at any Turkish Port.

GAC Turkey will be on duty during the holiday.

For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

DATE: August 09, 2012 – COUNTRY: Ecuador-  PORT: all ports – Ecuador Public Holiday

Tomorrow (Friday, 10 August) is a National Holiday in Ecuador. Most public services will be closed, but ports and terminals will work normally.

The GAC-Ultramar Ecuador office will be closed, but a skeleton staff attend to port operations and check e-mails on a regular basis.

For further information, please contact GAC-Ultramar Ecuador at gac-ultramarnetwork.ecuador@gac.com

DATE: August 09, 2012 – COUNTRY: Panama – PORT: Panama Canal – Canal toll system restructure & increases approved

Following the recommendation from the Board of Directors of the Panama Canal Authority (ACP), the Cabinet Council of the Government of the Republic of Panama [has] approved the proposal to restructure the Panama Canal’s pricing system.

“The new tolls structure was conceived in accordance with the commercial value that the route offers its users. We look forward to working alongside the industry to continue offering a reliable and competitive service, ” said Panama Canal Authority Administrator/CEO Alberto Aleman Zubieta.

The new tolls were postponed to October 2012 and October 2013, respectively.

“The new structure offers price stability to the Panama Canal clients during the next two years, while the approved tolls remain below the value it offers as a safe, reliable and efficient route, ” added Aleman Zubieta.

NEW SEGMENTS The new structure increases the number of segments from eight to ten. It also breaks down the tanker segment into three distinct segments and incorporates the roll-on/roll-off vessels into the vehicle carrier segment. The Panama Canal market segmentation structure includes the following: (1) full container, (2) reefer, (3) dry bulk, (4) passenger, (5) vehicle carrier and ro-ro, (6) tanker, (7) chemical tanker, (8) LPG (9) general cargo and (10) others.

The container/breakbulk segment, which was included in the original proposal, has been eliminated.

The ACP will increase the tolls for the following segments: – general cargo – dry bulk – tanker – chemical tanker – LPG – vehicle carrier and ro-ro – others

The remaining segments will not be adjusted at this time, nor will the price per TEU for containers carried onboard a vessel.

Additionally, there will be changes to tolls applicable to small vessels based on vessel length, to incorporate adjustments not previously considered.

For more information on the tolls structure visit: http://www.pancanal.com/.

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

Source: Panama Canal Authority (www.pancanal.com) press release dated 8 August 2012

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