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Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Worldwide – World Holidays: 2-15 September 2012
  • United States, New Orleans, Louisiana – Aftermath of Isaac
  • Philippines, all ports – Small tsunami after 7.6 quake
  • Venezuela, Amuay Bay – Refinery fire under control, operations resuming

DATE: September 01, 2012 COUNTRY: Worldwide World Holidays: 2-15 September 2012

Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the following: Mon 3 Sep – Qatar Independence Day Mon 3 Sep – Labour Day (USA) Fri 7 Sep – Brazil Independence Day

For information about operations around the world, contact the respective GAC office. Details are available in the “Contact” section of www.gac.com

DATE: September 01, 2012 – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: New Orleans, Louisiana  – Aftermath of Isaac

Even though Isaac is now well north of New Orleans, the city is now dealing with the aftermath with local rivers, creek cresting over their flood stage and bringing major flood threats just north of New Orleans.

Flooding is being experienced in areas of Laplaces, Mandeville, Madisonville, Slidell and Low Plaquemines Parishes.

Over 200, 000 residence and businesses are estimated to be without power as a result of the storm, and many local services are still not in operations. It is hoped that power will be restored as soon as possible.

Below are the current conditions for the Port of New Orleans and surrounding areas:

PILOT ASSOCIATIONS Pilots are working to restore operations. Some vessel movements are anticipated.

  • State pilots have identified approximately 19 vessels with a draft of under 35′ to transit down bound and to sea starting immediately.
  • BAR Pilots will be in place at SWP to take those down bound vessels to sea.
  • BAR Pilots have also identified 19 vessels of 35′ draft or less that were due to cross-in  last night.
  • Federal Pilots have identified approximately 6 vessels for down bound transit to sea and 3 vessels for in bound starting immediately.
  • The USCG is allowing vessels to shift from anchorage-to-dock and dock-to-anchorage on a case by case basis as approved by VTS.
  • Vessels with a draft of 35′ or more are expected to start up bound and down bound transits today.

Restrictions for transiting the site of the Saltwater Sill Operation are still in effect. (One-way traffic/Daylight only for vessels draft of 40′).

US COAST GUARD Port Condition Yankee: – Set at 2155 on 30 August 2012 – Southwest Pass Anchorage is open. – The Hurricane RNA restrictions for all canals (IHNC, Algiers, Harvey) have been lifted.

LOOP All operations were suspended at 0821 on 27 August. LOOP is aiming to resume by 1200 today (1 September).

CUSTOMS & BORDER PATROL (cbp) The following Customs ports are now opened: – Morgan City – Gramercy Louisiana – New Orleans Louisiana

RESTORATION OF NAVIGATION: As conditions improve, the USCG, USACE, NOAA, and the Pilots are beginning the assessment and survey of the navigation channel. This will involve the accounting for all barges, small vessels, etc., and determining if there are any obstructions to navigation. The USCG COTP will then make a determination regarding the movement of ships.

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

DATE: September 01, 2012 – COUNTRY: Philippines – PORT: all ports Small tsunami after 7.6 quake

A 7.6 earthquake struck off the Philippine coast on Friday, triggering a small tsunami that hit the eastern part of the archipelago and landslides that killed at least one person.

The quake struck 34 km deep in the Pacific Ocean about 140 km from the Philippines, sparking tsunami warnings across its east coast and as far away as Indonesia, Japan and Papua New Guinea.

A series of small waves of 16-50 cm hit the eastern Philippines about two hours after the quake. There were no reports of major damage. The US Pacific Tsunami Warning Center its tsunami warnings for the Philippines and Indonesia shortly afterwards, after having previously cancelled similar warnings for Japan, Taiwan and several Pacific islands.

The government has advised the public to stay on alert for aftershocks of the earthquake.

For information about operations in the Philippines contact GAC Philippines at philippines@gac.com

DATE: September 01, 2012 – COUNTRY: Venezuela  -PORT: Amuay Bay – Refinery fire under control, operations resuming

Following last week’s explosion, the fire at Bay Amuay Refinery is now under control and operations have resumed one of the most important plants which normally produces about 150, 000 Bbls per day.

The safe re-starting operations will continue at all plants at the Refinery and shipping is now fully operational.

For information about operations in Venezuela contact GAC-Vensport at gac-vensport.venezuela@gac.com

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