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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Nigeria, all ports – Marine Environment (Sea Protection) Levy
  • United States, all ports – Tropical Storm Isaac update (30 August)
  • Chile, all ports – Change of local time zone

DATE: August 30, 2012 – COUNTRY: Nigeria – PORT: all ports – Marine Environment (Sea Protection) Levy

NIMASA (the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency) has advised that the Marine Environment (Sea Protection) Levy is now imposed for vessels calling at the country’s ports, as follows: 100-1, 000 GT: $ 1.25/GT per gross tonne per call 1, 001-10, 000 GT: $ 1.00/GT per gross tonne per call 10, 001-100, 000 GT: $ 0.75/GT per gross tonne per call 100, 001 GT and above: $ 0.50/GT per gross tonne per call

For Nigerian-registered ships, the rate is as follows: 100-1, 000 GT: Naira 500.00 per gross tonne per annum 1, 001-10, 000 GT: Naira 350.00 per gross tonne per annum 10, 001-100, 000 GT: Naira 300.00 per gross tonne per annum 100, 001 GT and above: Naira 250.00 per gross tonne per annum

The rate of levy payable by an offshore installation and oil pipeline shall be:

(a) in the case of an offshore oil installation that is producing, processing, storing or transferring oil, including buoys used for loading and/or receiving of oil, Naira 15, 000, 000.00 per annum

(b) in the case of an offshore oil installation used or constructed for the purposes of exploring for oil, Naira 10, 000, 000.00 per annum

(c) in the case of an oil pipeline, Naira 1, 500.00 per cubic metre of pipeline volume from the high water mark to the termination point offshore.

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

DATE: August 30, 2012 – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: all ports – Tropical Storm Isaac update (30 August)

Isaac continues to produce heavy rains and severe weather as it moves farther inland over Louisiana, water levels remain high along the northern Gulf Coast…

…At 100am CDT (0600 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Isaac was located near latitude 30.5 north, longitude 91.3 west. Isaac is moving toward the northwest near 5mph (7 km/h). This general motion is expected to continue today followed by a turn toward the north-northwest by tonight or early Friday. On the forecast track, the center of Isaac will move farther inland over Louisiana today& and move over southern Arkansas tonight or early Friday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 50mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.  The strongest winds are primarily occurring over water or near the coast. Steady weakening is expected during the next 48 hours as Isaac continues to move over land. Isaac is forecast to become a tropical depression by tonight…

…Even though Isaac is no longer a hurricane, life-threatening hazards from storm surge and inland flooding are still occurring.

The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach the following depths above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide: * Mississippi and southeastern Louisiana: 5-10 ft * south-central Louisiana: 2-4 ft * Alabama: 2-4 ft * Florida Panhandle and Apalachee Bay: 1-2 ft

The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore winds. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle and can vary greatly over short distances…  …Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and dangerous waves.

Tropical storm conditions will continue across the warning area through this morning.

Isaac is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 7-14 inches with possible isolated maximum amounts of 25 inches over much of Louisiana, southern and central Mississippi, southwest Alabama and southern and central Arkansas through Friday. These rains could result in significant lowland flooding.

Isolated tornadoes are possible along the central Gulf Coast region and parts of the lower Mississippi River valley through today.

Dangerous surf and rip current conditions will continue to effect the west coast of Florida and the northern Gulf Coast for the next day or so.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: Extracts from National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Tropical Storm Isaac Intermediate Advisory No.36a issued at 100am CDT on 30 August 2012

DATE: August 30, 2012 – COUNTRY: Chile – PORT: all ports Change of local time zone

The Chilean Government has advised change of local time zone from GMT -4 to GMT -3, with effect from  2400 hours on Saturday 1 September.

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

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