- Germany, Kiel Canal – Chamber out of service
- United Kingdom, Fawley – Fresh water supply
- South Africa, Cape Town – Interruption of bunker supplies by pipeline
- Bermuda, all ports – Hurricane Rafael expected on Bermuda this afternoon
DATE: October 16, 2012 COUNTRY: Germany PORT: Kiel Canal Chamber out of service
The Kiel Canal Authorities have announced that the New Big North Lock Chamber at Brunsbuttel will be out of service until 1300 hours tomorrow (17 October).
During the aforementioned period the New Big South Lock Chamber (only in 2/3 length – 205 metres only) and both Old Small Lock Chambers will be available. Therefore, only vessels with an overall length of up to 205 metres can be accepted for transit.
Delays can be expected.
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Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC network agent
DATE: October 16, 2012 COUNTRY: United Kingdom PORT: Fawley Fresh water supply
From 1 November 2012, Fawley Marine Terminal will no longer be able to supply fresh water to any ships visiting Fawley.
This permament suspension of service applies to all fresh water supplies, including that of technical water for tank cleaning purposes.
Any vessel wishing to take water on board will have to have it delivered by barge. Indicative barge prices are as follows:
Delivery alongside Fawley / Weekdays GBP 1049.60 per barge delivery
Delivery alongside Fawley / Weekends GBP 1349.60 per barge delivery
Maximum 48 cbm per delivery.
For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at firstname.lastname@example.org
DATE: October 16, 2012 COUNTRY: South Africa PORT: Cape Town Interruption of bunker supplies by pipeline
JBS (Joint Bunker Services) in Cape Town have advised that no bunker supplies will be available by pipeline between 0630 on 31 October and 0630 on 1 November.
During the same period, bunker supplies by barge will be limited as the barge will not be able to uplift bunkers.
JBS will restart operations on 1 November, with limited resources. There may be some delays due to unforeseen hitches following the restart.
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DATE: October 16, 2012 COUNTRY: Bermuda PORT: all ports Hurricane Rafael expected on Bermuda this afternoon
A Tropical Storm warning is in effect for Bermuda…
…At 500am AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Rafael was located near latitude 26.6 north, longitude 65.0 west. Rafael is moving toward the north-northeast near 16mph (26 km/h) and this general motion is expected this morning. A turn toward the northeast with an increase in forward speed is expected by tonight. On the forecast track, the center of Rafael should pass just east of Bermuda by late afternoon into this evening.
Maximum sustained winds are near 85mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts. Rafael is a category one hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson hurricane wind scale. Little change in strength is expected today with a weakening trend likely to begin by Wednesday morning.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km)…
…Rafael is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 2-4 inches across Bermuda.
Tropical-storm-force winds are expected in Bermuda by this late afternoon or evening.
Swells generated by Rafael are expected to affect Bermuda and the eastern-facing beaches of the Bahamas and portions of the United States east coast during the next couple of days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions…
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Source: National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Hurricane Rafael Advisory No.15 issued at 500am AST on 16 October 2012