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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Norway, all ports – Official 2013 fee rates
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Withdrawal of Mooring Buoys
* Australia, Dampier – Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Narelle – Update: 10 January 2013
* Turkey, all ports – New towage service application cancelled

DATE: January 10, 2013
COUNTRY: Norway
PORT: all ports
Official 2013 fee rates

The fee rates made valid by Norway’s Ministry of Fisheries and Coastal
Affairs from 1 January vary slightly from those proposed by the Norwegian
Coastal Administration in December 2012.

The Pilotage Fee and the Pilotage Readiness Fee have both been reduced by
2%, while the Safety Fee is increased by 3%.

The Coastal Fee has been removed.

A new regulation on Safety Fees has also been introduced as of January 1,
2013.

An overview of the Fee Rates for 2013 may be downloaded at
http://www.kystverket.no/Documents/Avgifter/RATE%20OF%20FEE%202013%20NORWEGIAN%20COASTAL%20ADMINISTRATION%20(2).pdf

For further details and information about operations in Norway, contact GAC
Norway at norway@gac.com

DATE: January 10, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Withdrawal of Mooring Buoys

With immediate effect the mooring buoys “No.1”, “No.2”, “No.3” [north of
Urmston Road Anchorage] at the following positions (WGS 84 Datum) were
permanently withdrawn:

(1) Name : No.1
Position : 22º 25.077’N / 113º 53.023’E

(2) Name : No.2
Position : 22º 25.270’N / 113º 52.980’E

(3) Name : No.3
Position : 22º 25.468’N / 113º 52.957’E

(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.4 of 2013
dated 9 January 2013

DATE: January 10, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Dampier
Category 3 Tropical Cyclone Narelle – Update: 10 January 2013

At 1100 today (10 January), Tropical Cyclone Narelle was 400 NM north of
Dampier moving on a south south-westerly track at a speed of about four
knots. The track of the cyclone has remained largely unchanged in the last
24 hours.

Winds in the port of Dampier are expected to steadily increase with winds
up to 40 knots expected by tomorrow morning (11 January). Wave height is
expected to be up to 6 metres in near coastal waters and these weather
conditions will have an effect on facilities at the Port of Dampier.

The Dampier Cargo Wharf and Bulk Liquids Berth will be closed to all
vessels at 1800 hours today. Vessels at anchorage are expected to depart
port before the onset of forecast significant weather conditions in the
port later today.

Masters of vessels requiring a pilot to depart the inner anchorages should
take into account the possibility of non-availability of pilots due to
deteriorating weather conditions and plan accordingly.

The iron ore berths at Dampier and Port Walcott have been vacated, with
loaded vessels having sailed and no vessels scheduled to berth until the
passing of Tropical Cyclone Narelle. Although the ports of Dampier and Port
Walcott / Cape Lambert are not officially closed, all vessels at anchor
have been instructed to head to sea and all berths have been vacated.

Below are details of the status at Port Walcott and Dampier:

RIO TINTO BERTHS

Port Walcott
The last vessel alongside at Port Walcott (Cape Rainbow) was due to set
sail at 0815 today (10 January). The next vessel tentatively scheduled to
berth is for 1200 hours on 12 January.
All vessels at anchor have departed for safer waters

Dampier
The last vessel set to sail from Dampier (East Intercourse Island) was
scheduled at 1215 today. The next vessel to berth is tentatively scheduled
for 0730 on 13 January.
The berth schedule is tentative only and dependent on weather/swell
conditions being within acceptable criteria.
All anchored vessels are in the process of departing for safer waters

Woodside Withnell Bay / Pluto LNG /LPG Condensate terminals
The last vessel set to sail was at 1200 today.
No further berthing schedule at this time

Dampier Cargo Wharf
Last cargo vessel set to sail was at 1200 today.
No further berthing schedule at this time.

The latest Tropical Cyclone Advice (No.5 issued at 9:03am WST today)
states:

QUOTE…
A Cyclone WATCH is current for coastal areas from Whim Creek to Coral Bay

At 8:00am WST Severe Tropical Cyclone Narelle, Category 3 was estimated to
be 760 km north of Karratha and 900 km north northeast of Exmouth and
moving south southwest at 8 km per hour.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Narelle has continued moving south southwest
overnight and is expected to slowly develop as it continues towards the
Northwest Cape….

….Gales with gusts to 100 km/h are expected to develop in coastal areas
between Whim Creek and Onslow including the Karratha area later Friday,
then extend west to Exmouth and Ningaloo overnight Friday and Saturday
morning. Winds are likely to increase further during Saturday about the
west Pilbara coast….
….UNQUOTE.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at
shipping.australia@gac.com

DATE: January 10, 2013
COUNTRY: Turkey
PORT: all ports
New towage service application cancelled

Turkey’s new towage service application has been cancelled and the old
regulation regarding the number of tugs to be used is in in force at
Turkish Ports, effective from 1 January 2013.

Tankers and vessels with GRT over 45000 GRT will get total 6 compulsory
tugs for berthing and un-berthing (3 in, 3 out), with the total tug number
reduced to 4 (2 in, 2 out) in cases where the vessel’s bow thruster is
active and working.

For further details and information about operations in Turkey contact GAC
Turkey at turkey@gac.com

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