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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Lock chamber available for reduced length before repairs
* United States, Delaware River – Ice Condition Two set
* Singapore, Pasir Panjang – Dredging off Ferry Terminal
* Australia, all ports – Heavy rain likely to impact coal exports

DATE: January 25, 2013 – COUNTRY: Germany – PORT: Kiel Canal – Lock chamber available for reduced length before repairs

Kiel Canal Authorities have announced that the New Big South Lock Chamber in Brunsbuttel is only available in 2/3 length (205 metres) until Monday 28 January when repairs will commence.

During the repair work that lock will be not available for Kiel-Canal transits. The New North lock and both Old Small Lock Chambers will be available.

Delays can be expected.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK HUb Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)
Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC agent

DATE: January 25, 2013 COUNTRY: United States – PORT: Delaware River – Ice Condition Two set

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice – Condition Two has been set. This means there have been reports of ice formation throughout the COTP zone.

All masters, ship agents and owners and operators of all vessels, marine facilities and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Condition II procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

– Only Steel hull vessels may operate north of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.

– Vessels already moored along the Delaware River should frequently check to ensure the vessel is adequately tied up.

– In areas where ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a propulsion system with a minimum of 1000 horsepower, and be able to maneuver unassisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.

– Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.

– Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times.

– Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.

– Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times when ice is present.

– The COTP Sector Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

Please refer to our internet website for additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone at

Updates to ice conditions can be heard by calling the Coast Guard Sector Ice Hotline at (215) 271-4995.

Mariners are also requested to keep the Coast Guard informed of any major ice developments. If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or the expectations of the COTP, please contact the Waterways Management staff at (215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)
Source: U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Marine Safety Information Bulletin No.04-13 dated 24 January 2013

DATE: January 25, 2013 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Pasir Panjang – Dredging off Ferry Terminal

The working period for dredging works off Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal has been extended. The works will now be conducted from 30 January to 29 July.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.10 of 2013, the works will be carried out between 0100 and 0530 hours daily – including Sundays and Public Holidays – within a working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 1° 16.074’N / 103° 47.683’E
2) 1° 16.019’N / 103° 47.774’E
3) 1° 15.946’N / 103° 47.768’E
(PKHV 13/ Red Can / Fl.R.6s)
4) 1° 16.030’N / 103° 47.694’E
(PKHV  3/  Red Can / Fl.R.6s)

Dredging works will be carried out by the  dredgers “Ebisu”, “Musashi” and “Hitachi”, which will be held by spuds. There will be a circular safety working zone of 50-metres radius centred at the dredgers. Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by hopper barges assisted by pusher tugs. Only one dredger, hopper barge and two tugs will be working at any one time.

During the operation, the dredger and hopper barge will be attended by tug boats. The tug boats will be used to shift the dredger and hopper barges, when required to clear the fairway for vessels to berth or unberth.

Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn 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 and not to enter the working area;
(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);
(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

DATE: January 25, 2013 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: all ports – Heavy rain likely to impact coal exports

Ex Tropical cyclone Oswald has turned into a monsoonal low pressure system and was this morning (25 January) located inland from Mackay, moving south over the coalfields and coal port regions, bring extremely heavy rainfall.

A gale warning is in effect for regions covering Gladstone, Hay Point, Dalrymple Bay and Abbot Point.

Heavy rain is falling across the region and this is not expected to start easing until tomorrow (26 January). Some regions are forecast to receive 400mm of rain, and most rivers are either flooding or expected to flood.

This is likely to have an adverse affect on coal mining production and cause issues with railing to Queensland coal export ports.

Despite receiving a record of 400 mm of rain in the past 24 hours, the port of Gladstone remains open. However, all shipping movements have been suspended since 1800 hours local time yesterday (24 January). GPCL have ceased all cargo operations. Access to stockpile areas is forbidden, while access to/from vessels at berth is subject to approval from site safety due to concerns over stockpile slumping.

Hay Point Coal Terminal has suspended all shipping movements until Sunday (27 January). Railing of cargo from the mine sites to port stockpiles have been suspended until further notice.

Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal has suspended all shipping movements for the rest of the day today (25 January). The situation will be reviewed again tomorrow morning. Railing of cargo from the mine sites to port stockpiles are continuing but at a reduced rate.

The ports of Hay Point or Mackay have not been officially closed at this point time.
For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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