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Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • South Africa, Cape Town – Immigration formalities at Cape Town
  • Angola, Soyo – Soyo dredging works continue
  • Canada, all ports – Tropical Storm Leslie heading for Newfoundland
  • Bunker Update – GAC MARKET UPDATE 10/09/2012

DATE: September 10, 2012 COUNTRY: South Africa PORT: Cape Town Immigration formalities at Cape Town

Due to the transition period required for the move of immigration authorities to inside Cape Town Harbor, as well as the establishment of a passenger terminal and the introduction of mobile eMCS units, some interim measures have been introduced.

From December 2012, the Harbour Office for Immigration will be relocated within the access-secured Harbour near E Berth, where plans are well advances to establish a passenger terminal for the clearing of passengers. Immigration authorities intend to conduct regular patrols of key areas within the harbor.

Mobile eMCS devices will start to be used by immigration officials in the near future to clear crews. Crew members from Visa-exempt countries and those holding Visas will be cleared to enter South Africa, but those without Visas will be restricted to the port and not be allowed to enter the country. There should be no movement of uncleared individuals.

In the interim, all crew eligible for entry into South Africa should be brought from the vessel by the ship’s agent following the immigration escort vehicle to be cleared at the office, and all crew must be cleared to leave South Africa from the immigration office (Customs House).

In the case of large numbers of passengers arriving, and only until the passenger terminal (phase 1) is readt, advance pre-clearance security procedures must be followed, with passengers manually cleared at the vessel and all data then uploaded to the system. Passports should not be separated from the passport holder and brought to the office.

The above process should be used only until mobile eMCS devices are available., Thereafter, the same will be used at the vessel for clearances.

Crews coming into South Africa through an airport and leaving the country by arriving in a maritime port and then leaving by an airport will need to have a visa if not from a Visa-exempt country.

Vessels not coming into Cape Town Harbour, but having movement of persons or goods by launch or helicopter, may only do so at the OPL launch berth within the harbor with the official Port of Entry (not Waterfront or CTIA). All the same forms and procedures are to be carried out by OPL movements.

For information about operations in Cape Town contact GAC Shipping South Africa at shipping.capetown@gac.com

DATE: September 10, 2012 COUNTRY: Angola PORT: Soyo Soyo dredging works continue 

From 10 to 16 September. dredging and other works are continuing at the port of Soyo.

The Crane Barge Johanna I is engaged in operations in front of 1A-1W area.

SMIT barges 10 & 14 are anchoring in front of 1A-1W area.

The Shoalbuster ITC Mistral is ploughing the turning basin and channel.

The Survey Boat Myna is surveying the shipping channel and the Congo river.

The survey vessel Myna, shoalbuster ITC Mistral and crew/survey vessel JON 622 are assisting the Angola LNG activities in the complete working area, not affecting any shipping traffic.

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

DATE: September 10, 2012 COUNTRY: Canada PORT: all ports Tropical Storm Leslie heading for Newfoundland 

A hurricane watch is in effect for Newfoundland from Stones Cove to Charlottetown. A tropical storm watch is in effect for Newfoundland from Indian Harbour to Stones Cove and from Fogo Island to Charlottetown…

…At 500am AST (0900 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Leslie was located near latitude 35.7 north, longitude 61.2 west. Leslie is moving toward the north-northeast near 16mph (26 km/h). A north-northeastward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected during the next day or so. On the forecast track, the center of Leslie is forecast to move over southeastern Newfoundland on Tuesday morning.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts.  Some strengthening is possible during the next day or so and Leslie could be near hurricane strength as it approaches Newfoundland. Leslie is also expected to begin a transformation to an extratropical or frontal cyclone as it approaches the Canadian Maritimes.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335km) from the center…

…Swells generated by Leslie will continue to affect Bermuda, the U.S. East Coast from central Florida northward and the Canadian Maritimes for the next day or two. These swells could cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions…

…Leslie is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 2-4 inches across Newfoundland.

(For information about operations in Canada contact the GAC USA Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Tropical Storm Leslie Advisory No.44 issued at 500am AST on 10 September 2012

DATE: September 10, 2012 Bunker Update: GAC MARKET UPDATE 10/09/2012

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert  GAC MARKET UPDATE 10/09/2012

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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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