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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Worldwide – World Holidays: 27 January-9 February 2013
* Australia, all ports – Impact of weather on Queensland ports (Update: 26 January)

DATE: January 26, 2013 COUNTRY: Worldwide – World Holidays: 27 January-9 February 2013

Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the
following:
Mon 28 Jan – Australian Public Holiday in lieu of Australia Day
Mon 4 Feb – Mexico Constitution Day
Mon 4 Feb – Sri Lanka National Day
Mon 4 Feb – Day of beginning of armed struggle for National Liberation (Angola)
Sat 9 Feb – Saint Maron’s Day (Lebanon)
Sat 9 Feb-Fri 15 Feb  – Chinese New Year

For information about operations around the world contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found in the ‘Contacts’ section of www.gac.com

DATE: January 26, 2013 COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: all ports – Impact of weather on Queensland ports (Update: 26 January)

As rain continues to fall through Central Queensland, the ports of Abbot Point, Dalrymple Bay and Hay Point are returning to work today (26 January). Gladstone is still affected by strong winds and rain.

Abbot Point:
The departure of a vessel was aborted on Thursday evening due to adverse weather. During de-berthing, one of the tug boats sustained fender damage and the departure of the vessel was delayed until today when repairs to the tug boat are expected to be completed.
Currently no further heavy rainfall is forecast for the area and once the tug boat has been repaired, operations at Abbot Point should return to normal.

Hay Point Coal Terminal:
The terminal has decided to re-commence shipping operations today.
Railing of cargo from the mine sites to port stockpiles is expected to re-commence operations today.

Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal:
The terminal is now at normal operation.
Railing of cargo from the mine sites to port stockpiles are continuing.
Coalfields are reported to have had more than 100mm of rain in the past 24 hours. It is not clear at this stage what impact this has had on coal production and which mines are affected.

Gladstone:
All shipping movements in the ports of Gladstone and Port Alma remain suspended as at 0600 hours this morning. A gale warning remains current for the area with actual wind gusts to 40 knots. It is anticipated that the weather conditions will moderate throughout the day.

For the latest weather information for Queensland, check the Bureau of Meteorology website at www.bom.gov.au/qld

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

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