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Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United Kingdom, Canvey Island – New drafts as jetty
  • Nigeria, Lagos Ports & Terminals – Tanker hijacked off Lagos
  • Indonesia, Balikpapan – New port tariff in effect
  • Bunker Update – GAC MARKET PRICE UPDATE 05/09/12

DATE: September 05, 2012 COUNTRY: United Kingdom PORT: Canvey Island New drafts as jetty

The OIKOS Jetty at Canvey Island is now only declaring maximum berthing box depth of 10.6 metres until further notice, due to a degree of slumping around the southern face of the jetty.

New drafts at Coryton and Vopak are as follows: – Vopak J1: 10.5m – Vopak J2: 10.5m – Vopak J3: 7.3 m – Coryton No.1: 8.50m – Coryton No.3: 12.00m – Coryton No.4: 13.40m – Coryton No.5: 11.70m

These drafts are at the berth at certain times of the year. The approaches maybe slightly less – for details, please check with agency.thames@gac.com

For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

DATE: September 05, 2012 COUNTRY: Nigeria PORT: Lagos Ports & Terminals Tanker hijacked off Lagos

A maritime security alert has been issued for the Gulf of Guinea after a tanker was reportedly hijacked from Lagos, Nigeria.

The vessel’s name was unavailable at the time of writing, but is said to be Singapore-owned. Reports claim the tanker was laden with fuel and is now sailing into the Gulf of Guinea, which suggests that some or all of its cargo will be offloaded into a waiting vessel and subsequently sold on the region’s illegal fuel market.

Tanker hijackings and fuel theft have increased in recent weeks; two similar hijackings occurred off Togo in August. Most recently, MV Energy Centurion was taken from Lome anchorage and had approximately 3, 000 tons of gas oil stolen (worth around US$3 million at market values), along with ship’s equipment and crew valuables, before it was released from control.

Vessels anchored or drifting in the Gulf of Guinea remain vulnerable to opportunistic robberies, as well as coordinated higher level attacks and hijackings. Crew preparedness and a layered defensive system, including a citadel that can sustain life for 48 hours, are strongly recommended to mitigate the risk of successful attack.

UPDATE: The tanker is reportedly 51, 000 DWT Abu Dhabi Star, a Singapore-flagged product tanker operated by Pioneer Ship Management Services. The attack occurred whilst the tanker was drifting approximately 14NM off Lagos on 4 September, and reports suggest all crew managed to muster in a citadel. No further information was available at the time of writing.

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

For more about protective solutions, contact GAC Protective Solutions, Powered by AKE at ake@gac.com)

Source: GAC Protective Solutions / AKE Ltd Maritime Security Alerts dated 5 September 2012

DATE: September 05, 2012 COUNTRY: Indonesia PORT: Balikpapan New port tariff in effect

A new port tariff is now in effect at the Indonesian port of Balikpapan.

According to the circular received from Port Authority PT Pelabuhan Indonesia (PELINDO) Balikpapan, the new tariff came into effect on 1 August 2012.

For further details, or information about operations in Indonesia, contact PT Andhika GAC at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

DATE: September 05, 2012 Bunker Update: GAC MARKET PRICE UPDATE 05/09/12

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert  GAC MARKET PRICE UPDATE 05/09/12

180 CST   380 CST   MGO       MDO

Aden                   755.00    0         1, 225.00  0

Alexandria             725.00    710.00    1, 190.00  0

Aqaba                  0         753.00    1, 056.00  0

Bahrain                0         0         1, 135.00  0

Busan                  730.00    715.00    1, 027.50  1, 017.50

Cape Town              753.00    0         1, 068.00  0

Colombo                790.00    760.00    1, 100.00  0

Dubai                  710.00    695.00    950.00    0

Durban                 717.00    0         1, 123.00  0

Falmouth               806.50    779.50    1, 040.50  0

Fujairah               705.00    685.00    1, 040.00  0

Gibraltar              777.50    748.50    1, 034.50  0

Hong Kong              713.50    703.50    1, 029.00  1, 026.00

Houston                755.00    655.00    1, 045.00  0

Istanbul               708.50    688.50    1, 042.50  0

Jeddah                 700.00    685.00    1, 075.00  0

Kaohsiung              742.00    730.00    1, 076.00  1, 061.00

Kuwait                 714.50    697.00    1, 014.50  0

Malta                  807.50    780.50    1, 019.50  0

Mumbai                 722.00    704.50    1, 134.50  0

New York & New Jersey  706.00    676.00    1, 020.00  0

Panama                 709.00    669.00    1, 038.00  0

Port Said              720.00    705.00    1, 070.00  0

Qatar                  0         0         915.00    0

Rio de Janeiro         709.00    685.50    1, 035.00  0

Rotterdam              752.50    727.50    0         0

Salalah                765.00    725.00    1, 125.00  0

Shanghai               715.00    698.50    1, 080.50  0

Sharjah                710.00    695.00    950.00    0

Singapore              713.00    697.50    1, 029.50  1, 024.50

St Petersburg          555.50    545.50    0         0

Suez                   710.00    679.00    1, 080.00  0

Present in seven locations worldwide, GAC Bunker Fuels, part of the GAC group, is a global broker and trader of marine fuels and lubricants.

The prices listed are for indication purposes only, and local offices should be approached directly for firm prices.

Middle East & Africa: bunker.ae@gac.com Europe:                bunker.gb@gac.com Egypt & Mediterranean: bunker.eg@gac.com Americas: bunker.us@gac.com Asia Pacific:          bunker.sg@gac.com Indian Subcontinent:   bunker.sl@gac.com

Contact Martyn McMahon on +971 566032534 or Martyn.mcmahon@gac.com quoting HPN for more information or with your bunker enquiry.

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