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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Urgent lock chamber repairs
* United States, New Orleans, Louisiana – Hotel accommodation during Superbowl/Mardi Gras
* United States, Mississippi River, Louisiana – Safety Zone established for Super Bowl fireworks
* India, New Mangalore – Approach channel draft increased
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Yacht Races between Hong Kong and Macau
* Brazil, Santos – Possible stevedores’ strike
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 30/01/13

DATE: January 30, 2013 COUNTRY: Germany – PORT: Kiel Canal – Urgent lock chamber repairs

Kiel Canal Authorities have announced that the New Big South Lock Chamber in Brunsbuttel is closed for urgent repairs from 15:00 hours today (30 January) until noon tomorrow (31 January). Delays can be expected.

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

DATE: January 30, 2013 COUNTRY: United States PORT: New Orleans, Louisiana – Hotel accommodation during Superbowl/Mardi Gras

As New Orleans is hosting the 2013 Super Bowl at the same time as the annual Mardi Gras, there is a severe shortage of hotel accommodation available for the marine industry.

Hoteliers in the city and surrounding areas have advised that they do not not have any rooms available for any crew arrivals/departures until 4 February 2013.
For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: January 30, 2013 COUNTRY: United States PORT: Mississippi River, Louisiana – Safety Zone established for Super Bowl fireworks

The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port New Orleans, under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, will establish a safety zone on the Lower Mississippi River, Above Head of Passes, from Mile 94.5 to Mile 96.5,
extending the entire width of the river in the vicinity of Canal Street, New Orleans. This safety zone is needed to protect persons and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with Super Bowl XLVII firework displays.

This rule will be enforced

January 31st, 2013
6:15 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

February 1st, 2013
7:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
9:30 p.m. to 10:15 p.m.

February 2nd, 2013
7:15 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

On Sunday February 3rd, 2013 the safety zone will be enforced when the Super Bowl ends for approximately 45 minutes; this closure is anticipated to start at approximately 8.30pm.

All vessels are prohibited from entering this safety zone unless they have been granted permission by the Captain of the Port New Orleans or designated representative. The Captain of the POrt’s designated representative for this safety zone is the Vessel Traffic Center (VTC). All vessels requesting permission to enter or transit through this safety zone are required to contact the Vessel Traffic Center via VHF Channel 12. The Traffic Center will evaluate and allow vessels to transit through the safety zone on a case-by-case basis.

A Coast Guard small boat will be on the scene for the duration of the event and can be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 16 in the event of an emergency.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

DATE: January 30, 2013 COUNTRY: India PORT: New Mangalore – Approach channel draft increased

Due to improvement of the water depth at [New Mangalore’s] approach channel, lagoon and berth by continuous dredging, the maximum permissible draft for the approach channel is increased to 14 metres with any positive
height of tide.
(For information about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com)

DATE: January 30, 2013 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong – Yacht Races between Hong Kong and Macau

Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau will take place on 9 February 2013 (Saturday) and 11 February 2013 (Monday). About 35 sailing boats are expected to participate in the races.

The outbound trip from Hong Kong to Macau will start at 1000 hours on 9 February 2013 in an area south-east of Lamma Island (approximately one nautical mile south of Wong Chuk Kok Light). Depending on the weather
condition, it will follow:
(a) Course 1 – a westerly route through south of Lamma Island, south of Tai A Chau, thence to Macau if the wind is coming from the north;
OR
(b) Course 2 – a south-westerly route through the southern Boundary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, thence to Macau if the wind is coming from the south.

The return trip from Macau to Hong Kong will start at 1030 hours on 11 February 2013 and will follow:
(a) Course 1 – a route through south of Tai A Chau and to complete the race at a position east of Cheung Chau if the wind is coming from the north;
OR
(b) Course 2 – a route through south of Shek Kwu Chau and to complete the race at a position east of Cheung Chau if the wind is coming from the south.

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the race routes should proceed with caution, giving practical consideration to the contestants. Compliance with the provisions of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 is mandatory.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)
Source: Government of Hong Kong Marine Department Notice No.16 of 2013 dated 30 January 2013

DATE: January 30, 2013 COUNTRY: Brazil PORT: Santos – Possible stevedores’ strike

According to local media reports, the stevedores’ union at Santos Port is planning to go on strike from 4 February.

This is in response to the government plan to change law that obliges companies to hire stevedores from the national port workers organisation (OGMO).

If approved, the new law would allow private terminals to hire their own workforce.
For information about operations at Brazilian ports contact GAC Brazil at shipping.brazil@gac.com

DATE: January 30, 2013 Bunker Update: MARKET PRICE UPDATE 30/01/13

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 30/01/13
180 CST   380 CST   MGO       MDO
Aberdeen               0         0         0         0
Aden                   725.00    0         1, 110.00  0
Alexandria             715.00    700.00    1, 200.00  0
Amsterdam              637.00    615.50    969.00    0
Antwerp                651.00    621.00    984.00    0
Aqaba                  0         0         1, 056.00  0
Bahrain                0         0         1, 077.00  0
Barrow                 0         0         0         0
Busan                  686.00    666.00    980.00    970.00
Cape Town              680.00    0         1, 105.00  0
Colombo                740.00    700.00    1, 165.00  0
Dubai                  655.00    640.00    865.00    0
Durban                 649.00    0         1, 109.00  0
Falmouth               710.00    655.00    1, 032.00  0
Fawley                 0         0         0         0
Felixstowe             0         0         0         0
Fujairah               660.00    630.00    1, 010.00  0
Gibraltar              725.50    695.50    1, 015.50  0
Grangemouth            0         0         0         0
Harwich                0         0         0         0
Hong Kong              657.50    652.50    971.00    966.00
Houston                735.00    640.00    1, 030.00  0
Immingham              0         0         0         0
Invergordon            0         0         0         0
Istanbul               685.50    655.50    1, 030.50  0
Jeddah                 710.00    700.00    1, 090.00  0
Kaohsiung              675.00    668.00    1, 014.00  999.00
Kuwait                 632.00    625.00    0         985.50
Leith                  0         0         0         0
Malta                  740.50    705.50    988.50    0
Mersey                 0         0         0         0
Milford Haven          0         0         0         0
Mumbai                 661.00    654.00    1, 066.50  0
New York & New Jersey  672.00    640.00    1, 047.00  0
Newport                0         0         0         0
Nigg Bay               0         0         0         0
Panama                 744.00    656.00    1, 047.00  0
Piraeus                740.50    715.50    999.50    0
Plymouth               0         0         0         0
Port Said              715.00    695.00    1, 080.00  0
Qatar                  0         0         930.00    0
Ramsgate               0         0         0         0
Rio de Janeiro         665.00    641.00    1, 031.00  0
Rotterdam              645.00    623.50    977.00    0
Salalah                718.00    678.00    1, 170.00  0
Shanghai               681.50    662.50    1, 076.50  0
Sharjah                655.00    640.00    865.00    0
Sheerness              0         0         0         0
Singapore              641.00    633.00    947.00    0
St Petersburg          599.50    584.50    0         0
Suez                   695.00    665.00    1, 080.00  0
Tees                   0         0         0         0
Thames                 0         0         0         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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