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Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Worldwide – Pirates attack off Ivory Coast
  • Germany, Kiel Canal – Lock chambers back in operation
  • Philippines, Batangas – New Terminal starts operations 
  • Singapore, all ports – Initiatives to enhance the bunkering quality in  Singapore  
  • Brazil, all ports – Brazilian daylight saving time
  • Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPADTE 17/10/12 

 DATE: October 17, 2012 COUNTRY: Worldwide  – Pirates attack off Ivory Coast

In the early hours of Saturday 6 October, a Panamax tanker was boarded by suspected Nigerian pirates, in what is the first such recorded vessel hijacking off the Ivory Coast.
The vessel was anchored and midway through a ship to ship (STS) operation off Abidjan when the incident occurred. Fourteen pirates armed with knives and AK47s boarded and hijacked the vessel, with more than 30, 000 tons of gasoline on board. Under the control of the hijackers, the vessel left Abidjan, passing the neighbouring waters and coastlines of Ghana, Togo and Benin before finally arriving in Nigerian waters.
The vessel was subsequently released on 9 October, but only after approximately 2, 500 tons of gasoil had reportedly been misappropriated from the vessel. The crew of two Greeks and 22 Filipinos are reported to be in good condition with some damage to the vessel’s communication system.
The spill over of Nigerian style piracy to neighbouring waters was particularly acute in 2011, when some 20 tankers were targeted off neighbouring Benin. Last year, eight vessels were hijacked in these waters between the months of March and September. In the majority of cases part cargoes of gasoil were subsequently stolen before the vessels were released.
In response to this spike, the Nigerian and Benin navies commenced joint operations to police the waters off Benin. Like in many policing operations, the consequence was to displace and move the problem further away.
To date in 2012, 11 reports have been received in the waters off Benin’s neighbour Togo, the majority of which aimed at anchored vessels. Three vessels have been hijacked and two boarded. This unfortunately illustrates how Nigerian piracy has been gradually spreading westwards in the Gulf of Guinea for the past two years.
The latest incident off the Ivory Coast is however totally unprecedented and the furthest reported attack away from Nigeria….
….What is also worrying about the illegal theft and transfer of gasoil cargoes from hijacked ships in the Gulf of Guinea is that it does not appear that these are opportunistic attacks. Here the pirates are targeting their attacks far away from their bases specifically against product tankers carrying refined oils. They have other smaller tankers available to offload the cargo and then take stolen cargo to its final destination. The gangs have access to ship movement intelligence along with a substantial network, personnel and expensive physical assets….
(For information about operations worldwide, contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found in the ‘Contacts’ section of www.gac.com)
Source: Extracts from International Maritime Bureau (www.icc-ccs.org) briefing dated 15 October 2012

DATE: October 17, 2012 COUNTRY: Germany PORT: Kiel Canal – Lock chambers back in operation

The New Big North Lock Chamber at Brunsbuttel is back in operation. After temporary repairs, the New Big South lock chamber is in operation with 2/3 length but will be taken out of service again from 0700 hours tomorrow (18 October).
(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)
Source: Sartori & Berger GmbH, Germany – GAC network agent

DATE: October 17, 2012 COUNTRY: Philippines PORT: Batangas  – New Terminal starts operations 

A new terminal has started operations at Batangas Port. Information and restrictions are as follows:
Berth Name: Tigerland Agro-Industrial Economic Zone (Tiger Eco)
Position: Lat 13-39-21.07N / Long 121-02-54.18E
Berth type: Dedicated jetty – exclusive to storage facility (one berth/jetty type-wharf type)
Tugs required (docking/undocking): Under normal sea condition 1 tug use or two tugs depending on Pilot discretion
Max draft permitted: 13.00 M
Min depth of water in approach: 13.00 M
Min depth of water alongside: 13.00 M (left side); 23.00 M (right side)
Max LOA: 150 M
Max Beam: 15 to 25 M
Max DWT: 100, 000MT
Min DWT: 2, 000MT
Max Displacement: 120, 000MT
Min Displacement: 2, 500MT
Max height – manifold to W.L.: Terminal does not use loading arm but instead composite flexible hoses for manifold.
Min height – manifold to W.L.: 1.00Met for manifold
Min underkeel clearance (UKC): 1.5 M
Berth restriction: No night docking
Tidal Restrictions: NIL
Tidal range: 1.2 M
Max allowable winds: 30 knots
Cargo Handling details: Cargo: Methanol / Solvents Loading and receiving cargo.
Manifold size: 6″ diameter
Hose or Marine Loading Arm (MLA): 6″ diameter hose
Pipeline: 6″ diameter
Material of Constructions of Pipeline: Black Iron
Max loading rate: 250-500 m3 per hour
Max loading pressure: 150 PSI
For information about operations in the Philippines contact GAC PHilippines at philippines@gac.com

DATE: October 17, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: all ports – Initiatives to enhance the bunkering quality in Singapore

[Singapore’s] Minister for Transport, Mr Lui Tuck Yew, presided over the opening ceremony of the 17th Singapore International Bunkering Conference and Exhibition (SIBCON), in front of a record turnout of over 1, 500 delegates at Resorts World Sentosa.
During the opening ceremony, Minister Lui announced the introduction of an information sheet on licensed bunker suppliers and an industry guide for the use of mass flow metering system.
MPA will publish an information sheet on licensed bunker suppliers in the Port of Singapore in its efforts to allow shipowners to make more informed decisions in appointing bunker suppliers. This information sheet will enhance transparency across the bunkering supply chain by providing details on sales performance, technical performance and other value-added propositions. The information sheet will be available on MPA’s corporate website at www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/pdf/infomation_sheet-licensed_bunkering_suppliers.pdf and the data will be refreshed every six months….
….With the introduction of the industry guide, MPA hopes to encourage more bunker players to adopt mass flow meters so as to promote the development of a Singapore Standard for Mass Flow Metering System in the future. The industry guide will be available on MPA’s corporate website at www.mpa.gov.sg/sites/pdf/mass-flow-metering-guide.pdf.
Other than the initiatives announced by Minister Lui, MPA will also commence a study on frothed bunkers and establish a hotline to help manage bunker disputes. These initiatives are part of MPA’s efforts to enhance the quality of bunkering in Singapore and will also help ensure Singapore retains its competitiveness as the world’s leading bunkering port.
MPA and the Singapore Maritime Institute have appointed the National Metrology Centre to conduct an in-depth study on frothed bunkers to tackle recent allegations of frothed bunkers being delivered in Singapore. The study aims to verify the presence of frothed bunkers and the impact of such frothing, if present, during the custody transfer of bunker fuel….
….MPA will be establishing a bunkering assistance hotline, 1800-BUNKERS (1800-2865377), for the industry to contact MPA for on-site assistance in the event of bunker quantity disputes. This 24/7 hotline will enhance the bunkering experience offered in the Port of Singapore and facilitate dispute management. The bunkering assistance hotline will be effective from 1 November 2012, 0830hrs….
(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)
Source: Extract from Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) news release issued on 17 October 2012

DATE: October 17, 2012 COUNTRY: Brazil PORT: all ports Brazilian daylight saving time

From 00:00 hours on 21 October 2012 until 00:00 hours on 17 February 2013, clocks in Brazil will be advanced by one hour. The new time zone will be UTC –2 hours (GMT -2hrs).
The following states listed below will follow the Brazilian daylight saving time: Rio Grande do Sul / Santa Catarina / Paraná (port of Paranagua)/ São Paulo (Port of Santos) Rio de Janeiro / Espírito Santo / Minas Gerais / Goiás / Mato Grosso / Mato Grosso do Sul and Distrito Federal.
For information about operations in Brazil contact GAC Brazil at brazil@gac.com

DATE: October 17, 2012 Bunker Update: MARKET PRICE UPADTE 17/10/12 

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert MARKET PRICE UPADTE 17/10/12
180      CST       380 CST      MGO        MDO
Aden             735.00    0         1, 204.00  0
Alexandria   778.00    720.00    1, 210.00  0
Aqaba                  0         753.00    1, 070.00  0
Bahrain                0         700.00    1, 090.00  0
Busan                  685.00    670.00    1, 005.00  995.00
Cape Town              706.00    0         1, 055.00  0
Colombo                800.00    745.00    1, 160.00  0
Dubai                  655.00    630.00    900.00    0
Durban                 678.00    0         1, 132.00  0
Falmouth               748.50    705.50    1, 037.50  0
Fujairah               665.00    645.00    1, 040.00  0
Gibraltar              740.50    694.50    1, 044.50  0
Hong Kong              676.50    663.50    998.50    996.50
Houston                700.00    630.00    1, 030.00  0
Istanbul               673.50    658.50    1, 029.50  0
Jeddah                 725.00    710.00    1, 150.00  0
Kaohsiung              702.00    690.00    1, 039.00  1, 024.00
Kuwait                 661.00    647.00    0         1, 019.00
Malta                  754.50    728.50    1, 019.50  0
Mumbai                 696.00    682.00    1, 109.50  0
New York & New Jersey  670.00    640.00    1, 040.00  0
Panama                 680.00    643.00    1, 070.00  0
Port Said              740.00    730.00    1, 250.00  0
Qatar                  0         0         920.00    0
Rio de Janeiro         652.00    628.50    1, 055.00  0
Rotterdam              686.50    661.50    0         0
Salalah                720.00    680.00    1, 170.00  0
Shanghai               698.00    681.00    1, 078.50  0
Sharjah                655.00    630.00    900.00    0
Singapore              667.50    655.50    994.50    989.50
St Petersburg          580.50    560.50    0         0
Suez                   730.00    720.00    1, 150.00  0

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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