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Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United States, Delaware River – Hazard to navigation
  • Canada, all ports – Tropical Storm Leslie update (11 September 2012)
  • Singapore, Singapore – Oil spill following collision: Update 2

DATE: September 11, 2012 – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: Delaware River – Hazard to navigation

On September 8th, 2012 an unkown submerged metal object was reported approx 30ft southwest of Bulkhead Shoal B 5 (LLNR 2795).

The depth of water over the object was reported to be less than 15ft. All mariners transiting the area should use extreme caution and report any sightings to the US Coast Guard.

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

Source: Mariners’ Advisory Committee for the Bay and River Delaware Safety Broadcast Notice to Mariners//A// DBay BNM 372-12 Delaware River – Smyrna River to Wilmington – Bulkhead Shoal Channel

DATE: September 11, 2012 – COUNTRY: Canada – PORT: all ports – Tropical Storm Leslie update (11 September 2012) 

A hurricane watch is in effect for Newfoundland from Stones Cove to Charlottetown. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Newfoundland from Indian Harbour to Triton…

…At 500am AST (0900 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Leslie was located near latitude 45.7 north, longitude 56.4 west. Leslie is moving toward the north-northeast near 40mph (65 km/h). This general motion with some increase in forward speed is expected today, a turn toward the northeast is forecast on Wednesday. On this track, the center of Leslie will move over eastern Newfoundland this morning and move away from Atlantic Canada this afternoon.

Maximum sustained winds are near 70mph (110 km/h) with higher gusts. Little change in strength is expected during the next day or so and the system is forecast to become an extratropical or frontal cyclone later this morning.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 310 miles (500km) mainly to the east of the center. Sustained winds of 45mph (72 km/h) with a gust to 59mph (94 km/h) was recently reported at St. Lawrence Newfoundland.  A Canadian buoy south of Newfoundland reported sustained winds of 54mph (87 km/h) with a gust to 69mph (111 km/h) within the past few hours….

…Tropical-storm-force winds will continue over eastern Newfoundland through this afternoon. Hurricane-force wind gusts are likely across portions of southeastern Newfoundland this morning.

Swells generated by Leslie will continue to affect Atlantic Canada today. 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 and eastern Nova Scotia. Isolated maximum storm total amounts of 6 inches are possible in association with Leslie.

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

Source: Extracts from National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Tropical Storm Leslie Advisory No.48 issued at 500am AST on 11 September 2012

DATE: September 11, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore Oil spill following collision: Update 2

The cleaning up of the oil spill following the collision between Hong Kong-registered bulk carrier “Sunny Horizon” and Korean-registered Liquefied Petroleum Gas carrier “DL Salvia” continued today.

As at 1700hrs, Singapore’s waters around the affected area are generally clean, with only patches of sheen sighted near the Jurong Island T-bund and Tuas View Extension. The sea-based clean up operation continues, with a deployment of 7 craft, a harbour buster and 2 containment booms.

MPA continues working with JTC Corporation and the National Environment Agency on the land-based clean up efforts. The rock bund and lagoon cleaning up operation at Sultan Shoal Island has been completed.

Vessel traffic in the Port of Singapore and port operations remain unaffected.

Members of the public can contact MPA’s 24-hours Marine Safety Control Centre at 6325 2489 to report any sighting of oil slick in our waters or coastlines.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore press release dated 11 September 2012

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