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Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Germany, Kiel Canal – Lock closure update (26 September)
  • Singapore, Singapore – Garbage collection services at anchorage
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Temporary loading facility at former airport runway
  • Chile, San Antonio – Stevedores’ strikes halts port operations 

 DATE: September 26, 2012 COUNTRY: Germany PORT: Kiel Canal Lock closure update (26 September)

The New Big South Lock will be out of service only between the hours of 07:00 and 17:00, until further notice.
Outside these times, all four lock chambers will be in operation.
(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)

DATE: September 26, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Singapore Garbage collection services at anchorage

Currently, MPA is providing garbage collection services to all vessels at anchorages in the port of Singapore from 7.30am to 5.30pm.
To improve our service levels to the port and maritime community, MPA has embarked on an initiative known as the “E-Receipt system”. Through this initiative, shipping agents or ship masters can easily retrieve and download information from the Marinet at their own convenience on the next working day from 10am onwards after vessel has been served. The information comprises the name of the vessel served, the date and timing of the service and bags of garbage disposed of.
The initiative will commence on 1 Oct 2012.
Shipping agents and ship masters are advised to subscribe for a Marinet account (if you currently do not have one) to enjoy the benefits of the “E-receipt system”.
Please refer to the webpage https://marinet.mpa.gov.sg/index.jsp for application of Marinet account procedures….
(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singaspore at singapore@gac.com)
Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.134 of 2012 dated 26 September 2012

DATE: September 26, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Temporary loading facility at former airport runway

From 3 October 2012 and for approximately 4 months, marine works involving dredging and construction of a temporary loading facility will be carried out [at the former Kai Tak Airport Runway] in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline: (A) 22º 19.076’N / 114º 11.950’E (B) 22º 19.008’N / 114º 11.879’E (C) 22º 18.806’N / 114º 12.106’E (D) 22º 18.874’N / 114º 12.176’E
After it has been constructed, the temporary loading facility will remain in barging operation for approximately 42 months.
The works will be carried out by one grab dredger, two split hopper barges and one derrick barge, and one tug will provide assistance. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.
A working area of approximately 30 metres around the grab dredger will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the grab dredger.
Several silt curtains, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area. Each silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow markers fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extents of the silt curtains.
The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels engaged in the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.
Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.
(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)
Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.134 of 2012

DATE: September 26, 2012 COUNTRY: Chile PORT: San Antonio Stevedores’ strikes halts port operations

Operations have been temproarily halted at Puerto Panul, PCE and STI port since 0700 hours on Monday, 24 September, when the Stevedores’ Union of San Antonio Port started an indefinite strike.
Access to the port is remain closed and all loading/discharge operations suspended until further notice.
(For information about operations in Chile contact the GAC USA Hub Agency Centre at hub.us@gac.com)
Source: Ultramar Agencia Maritima – GAC network agent

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