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Your daily news service from ports around the world.
In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Worldwide – World Holidays: 28 October-10 November 2012
  • United States, all ports – Hurricane Sandy update: 27 October 2012
  • Singapore, Singapore – Dredging off Pasir Panjang Terminal 

DATE: October 27, 2012 COUNTRY: Worldwide  – World Holidays: 28 October-10 November 2012

Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the following: Sun 28 Oct – Greek National Holiday Mon 29 Oct – Labour Day (New Zealand) Wed 31 Oct – German Reformation Day Tue 6 Nov – USA Election Day
For information about operations around the world, contact the respective GAC office. Details are available in the “Contact” section of www.gac.com

DATE: October 27, 2012 COUNTRY: United States PORT: all ports – Hurricane Sandy update: 27 October 2012 

All tropical storm watches and warnings along the east coast of Florida have been discontinued.
A tropical storm warning is in effect for: – South Santee River South Carolina to Duck North Carolina – Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds – Great Abaco and Grand Bahama Islands
A tropical storm watch is in effect for: – Savannah River to South Santee River – Bermuda
In addition, gale storm and high wind watches and warnings are in effect for areas north of the tropical storm warning areas…
…Interests throughout the mid-Atlantic states and New England should monitor the progress of Sandy…
…At 1100am EDT (1500 UTC) the center of Hurricane Sandy was located near latitude 29.0 north, longitude 76.0 west. Over the past few hours sandy has been moving to the east-northeast, however, a longer-term motion is north-northeast near 9mph (15 km/h). A general northeastward motion with an increase in forward speed is expected on Sunday, and a turn toward the north is forecast by Sunday night. On the forecast track the center of Sandy will continue moving away from the northwestern Bahamas this morning and will move parallel to the southeast coast of the United States through the weekend.
Maximum sustained winds are near 75mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Little overall change in strength is forecast during the next couple of days.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 105 miles (165 km) from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 450 miles (725 km)…
…Tropical storm conditions will continue in Great Abaco and Grand Bahama islands for the next few hours. Tropical storm conditions are expected to first reach the tropical storm warning area in the Carolinas this afternoon or evening and spread northward tonight and Sunday. Tropical storm conditions are possible in the watch areas through tonight. Gale force winds are expected to arrive along portions of the mid-Atlantic coast by late Sunday or Sunday night.
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach the following depths above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide: – Fl east coast north of Cape Canaveral: 1-2 ft – NC south of Surf City: 1-3 ft – NC north of Surf City including Pamlico/Albermarle Snds: 3-5 ft – SE VA and Delmarva including Lower Chesapeake Bay: 2-4 ft – Upper Chesapeake Bay: 1-2 ft – Ocean City MD to the CT/RI border: 4-8 ft – Long Island Sound, Raritan Bay and Delaware Bay: 4-8 ft
Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle and can vary greatly over short distances. Given the large wind field associated with Sandy, elevated water levels could span multiple tide cycles resulting in repeated and extended periods of coastal and bayside flooding. In addition, elevated waters could occur far removed from the center of Sandy.
Furthermore, these conditions will occur regardless of whether Sandy is a tropical or post-tropical cyclone.
Rainfall totals of 3-6 inches are expected over far eastern North Carolina with isolated maximum totals of 8 inches possible. Rainfall amounts of 4-8 inches are expected over portions of the mid-Atlantic states including the Delmarva Peninsula with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches possible.
Dangerous surf conditions will continue from Florida through the Carolinas for the next couple of days and spread into the mid-Atlantic and northeastern states by Sunday.
(For information about operations in the Americas contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Centre at hub.us@gac.com)
Source: National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Hurricane Sandy Advisory No.21 issued at 1100am EDT on 27 October 2012

DATE: October 27, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Singapore – Dredging off Pasir Panjang Terminal

The working period and area for dredging off Pasir Panjang Terminal have been revised. The works will be conducted from 27 October to 9 November.
According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.152 of 2012, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Daum):
Working Area A1 1) 01° 16.668’N / 103° 46.581’E 2) 01° 16.543’N / 103° 46.790’E 3) 01° 16.360’N / 103° 46.682’E 4) 01° 16.485’N / 103° 46.473’E
Dredging works will be carried out by the grab dredger “Suez No.5” held in position by 2 spuds as anchors. The dredger, with hopper barge in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centred at the dredger. Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barge assisted by pusher tugs.
During the operation, the dredger and hopper barge will be attended by tug boats when required.
Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity to warn the other craft to keep clear of the working area.
Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.
When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to: (a) keep well clear of the safety working zone of the dredger; (b) maintain a proper lookout; (c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution; (d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 25 (Pasir Panjang Control); and (e) communicate with Pasir Panjang Control on VHF Channel 25 for assistance, if required.
For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

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