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Your daily* news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United States, Delaware River – Dredging operations to commence
  • Singapore, Singapore – Oil spill following collision at Temasek Fairway

DATE: September 09, 2012 – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: Delaware River – Dredging operations to commence

The Great Lakes Dredging and Drydock company has been awarded the deepening project contract that will commence this Sunday or Monday.

The dredge Illinois will be setting up over the next few days and begin dredging operations on Eagle Point Range just inbound of the Schuylkill River. They will be working between the Navy Yard and Hog Island over the next month.

The dredge will have 2000 feet of floating pipeline secured to a fixed pipeline running to National Park disposal area in NJ. The dredge will provide an opening of “about 400 ft” between itself and 5 anchor  buoys on the PA side.

They are requesting about one hour notice for passage and can give a larger opening with at least 2 hours notice. The cell phone number on the dredge is (443)831-4677 and will be monitored once the dredge is working. They can also be reached on Ch 13 and 16.

Upon completion of this area (one month) the dredge will be replaced with another from Great Lakes. This will work through January 2013 in the area between Tinicum Island and Horseshoe Range. Details will follow for this operation as they are still being worked out.

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

Source: Mariners’ Advisory Committee for the Bay and River Delaware dated 6 September 2012

DATE: September 09, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Oil spill following collision at Temasek Fairway

At about 1400hrs on 9 September (Singapore time), the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) received a report that a Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier “Sunny Horizon”, collided with a Korean-registered Liquefied Petroleum Gas carrier “DL Salvia” at the Temasek Fairway, about 700 metres east of Sultan Shoal.  The bunker tank on “DL Salvia” was breached and less than 60 metric tonnes of bunker was spilled. The area of spill is concentrated within Temasek Fairway.

Upon notification, MPA immediately dispatched its patrol craft to deal with the oil spill. Oil spill response companies were also activated to augment the patrol craft. A total of seven patrol and anti-pollution craft have been deployed to clean up the spilled oil. Work is currently continuing and MPA is co-ordinating the clean up with other government agencies and the ship owners.

The two vessels involved in the collision are currently safely anchored in the West Jurong anchorage. MPA has issued navigational broadcasts to ships to navigate with caution when in the vicinity of the incident site. There is no report of injury and port operations remain unaffected.

MPA is investigating the cause of the collision. For media enquiries, please call MPA’s media hotline at 8366 2294.

(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore press release dated 9 September 2012

*For the 9th of September, as these piece of news arrived late due to an ISP delay.

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