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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Restricted lock chamber capacity ahead of repairs
* United States, Delaware River – Ice Condition II (Update 2)
* India, Mundra – Maximum acceptable drafts for February 2013
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – 2013 Lunar New Year Fireworks Display
* Australia, Gladstone – Port re-opened but stockpile limited
* Egypt, Suez Canal – Suez Canal tolls to rise
* Chile, Talcahuano – Updated wharfage rates
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 31/01/13

DATE: January 31, 2013 COUNTRY: Germany PORT: Kiel Canal – Restricted lock chamber capacity ahead of repairs

The New Big South Lock Chamber in Brunsbuttel only available in 2/3 length (205m) until Monday (4 February) when repairs commence.
During the repair work (daytime only), the lock will be not available for Kiel Canal transits. However, 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 31, 2013 – COUNTRY: United States PORT: Delaware River – Ice Condition II (Update 2)

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying that Ice Condition II remains in effect. 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 reviews and adhere to the following Ice Condition II procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts [UPDATES IN CAPITALS]:

* Only Steel Hull vessels may operate north of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge.

* THERE ARE NO NAVIGATIONAL RESTRICTIONS IN THE C&D CANAL.

* In areas where ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a propulsion system with a minium 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 adequatley moored.

* Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times when ice is present.

* 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.

* The COTP Sector Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas for the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.
(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.06-13 dated 30 January 2013

DATE: January 31, 2013 COUNTRY: India PORT: Mundra- Maximum acceptable drafts for February 2013

Below are the drafts alongisde berth and minimum depths in the approach channel and turning circle for Adani Mundra Port for the month of February 2013.

TERMINAL 1
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Berth No.1
– LOA (metres): 295
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 14
– Displacement: 90000

Berth No.2
– LOA (metres): 185
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 13
– Displacement: 40000

Berth No.3
– LOA (metres): 230
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 14.2
– Displacement: 90000

Berth No.4
– LOA (metres): 230
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 13.3
– Displacement: 90000

Barge Berth
– LOA (metres): 80
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 6
– Displacement: 4200

TERMINAL 2
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Berth No.5
– LOA (metres): 575
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 14.3
– Displacement: 180000
(Total Quay length 575 metres hence more than two ships can be berthed in each quay subject to 35 metres clearance between ships.)

Berth No.6
– LOA (metres): 575
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 15.5
– Displacement: 180000
(Total Quay length 575 metres hence more than two ships can be berthed in each quay subject to 35 metres clearance between ships.)

Berth No.7
– LOA (metres): 441
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 12.5
– Displacement: 63000
(Total Quay length 441 metres hence more than two ships can be berthed in each quay subject to 35 metres clearance between ships.)

Berth No.8
– LOA (metres): 441
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 11
– Displacement: 63000
(Total Quay length 441 metres hence more than two ships can be berthed in each quay subject to 35 metres clearance between ships.)

TERMINAL 3
==========
Berth No.9
– LOA (metres): 494
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 12.5
– Displacement: 74000
(Total Quay length 494 metres hence more than two ships can be berthed in each quay subject to 35 metres clearance between ships.)

Berth No.10
– LOA (metres): 494
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 12.6
– Displacement: 74000
(Total Quay length 494 metres hence more than two ships can be berthed in each quay subject to 35 metres clearance between ships.)

WEST BASIN
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WB 1
– LOA (metres): 325
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 17.3
– Displacement: 266000
(Vessels drawing draft of more than 17.3 may be accepted for WB-1 and WB-2 ion case basis with prior approval.)

WB 2
– LOA (metres): 325
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 17.3
– Displacement: 266000
(Vessels drawing draft of more than 17.3 may be accepted for WB-1 and WB-2 ion case basis with prior approval.)

WB 3
– LOA (metres): 325
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 17.3
– Displacement: 266000

CONTAINER TERMINAL
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MICT CB 1
– LOA (metres): 630
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 13.9
– Displacement: 180000
Only up to bollard 32
(Total quay length of each terminal 630 metres each in straight line and hence more than two ships can be berthed in each terminal subject to 35
metres clearance between ships.)

MICT CB 2
– LOA (metres): 630
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 14
– Displacement: 180000
Only up to bollard 32
(Total quay length of each terminal 630 metres each in straight line and hence more than two ships can be berthed in each terminal subject to 35 metres clearance between ships.)

AMCT CB 3
– LOA (metres): 630
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 14.2
– Displacement: 180000
Only up to bollard 31
(Total quay length of each terminal 630 metres each in straight line and hence more than two ships can be berthed in each terminal subject to 35 metres clearance between ships.)

AMCT CB 4
– LOA (metres): 630
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 14.3
– Displacement: 180000
Only up to bollard 31
(Total quay length of each terminal 630 metres each in straight line and hence more than two ships can be berthed in each terminal subject to 35 metres clearance between ships.)

SB 6
– LOA (metres): 300
– Max. acceptable draft at CD.* (metres): 14.5
– Displacement: 180000

(*Higher berthing draft may be accepted basis the low water expected during the vessel stay at the berth. For example, if the maximum accpetable draft at CD is 13 metres, then maximum acceptable draft will be 13.5 metres)
For information about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com

DATE: January 31, 2013 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong 2013 Lunar New Year Fireworks Display

A Fireworks Display will take place in the Central Harbour, in an area off Wan Chai, at 2000 hours on Monday, 11 February 2013 (“the event day”).

Fireworks will be displayed from three barges anchored in a straight line at the following positions (WGS 84 Datum):
(a) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.210’E
(b) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.341’E
(c) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.472’E

A Closed Area will be established around the barges between 1400 hours and about 2300 hours on the event day with the following details:

(i) The area is formed by four straight lines joining the following positions (WGS 84 Datum):
(1) 22 deg. 17.366’N / 114 deg. 10.109’E
(2) 22 deg. 17.366’N / 114 deg. 10.574’E
(3) 22 deg. 17.192’N / 114 deg. 10.574’E
(4) 22 deg. 17.192’N / 114 deg. 10.109’E

(ii) The Closed Area will be closed to all marine traffic, except craft directly involved in the fireworks display, Government launches and vessels with special permission from the Director of Marine (to be collectively called excepted vessels).

A Restricted Area will be established in the Central Harbour from 1900 hours to about 2115 hours on the event day with the following details:
(i) The Eastern Cordon Line (ECL) of the Restricted Area is a straight line joining the south extremity of MTR Hung Hom Freight Terminal Pier and the breakwater at Kellett Island, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. The Western Cordon Line (WCL) of the Restricted Area is a straight line joining the southwest extremity of the Ocean Terminal and the Central Government Pier.
(ii) No vessels, other than the excepted vessels, will be allowed to enter or remain within the Restricted Area.

To prevent speeding and minimize head-on encounters of vessels after the fireworks display, the Restricted Area will be lifted progressively by shifting the WCL slowly to the east (not exceeding 5 knots) towards the ECL under the control of Government launches. The ECL will be lifted later depending on the traffic condition in the Central Harbour. It is
anticipated that Restricted Area will be completely lifted at about 2115 hours.

Vessels intending to navigate in the Central Harbour after the fireworks display should pay special attention to the establishment of three Buffer Zones at Kowloon Public Pier, Kwun Tong Public Pier, Central Piers 9 and 10 and the associated marine traffic control measures.

In the event of inclement weather, the display may be postponed to the fallback date of Tuesday, 12 February 2013, at 2000 hours, with the same control measures as aforementioned.
(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.15 of 2013 dated 29 January 2013

DATE: January 31, 2013 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: Gladstone Port re-opened but stockpile limited

Following the recent bad weather, Gladstone Port has now re-opened but is reported to only have one-and-a-half weeks’ of coal stockpiled. Coal companies are relying the re-opening of rail lines to avoid a backlog.

It has not yet been possible to fully assess the flood damage caused to rail lines as some areas are still under water. It is estimated it will take 7-10 days to restore services.

Most Queensland mines have resumed operations after closing temporarily at the end of last week due to the wet weather.

However, the Middlemount joint venture between Yancoal Australia and Peabody Energy is not expected to return to full-scale mining for at least three weeks after a levee was breached and the mine was inundated with water. The site was hit by 420 millimetres of rain.

BHP Billiton and Anglo American are still assessing the impact.

Rio Tinto has declared force majeure on coal sales from its Kestral Mine
because of the damage to the Blackwater rail system.

Xstrata has declared force majeure on a number of shipments ex Gladstone.

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

DATE: January 31, 2013 COUNTRY: Egypt PORT: Suez Canal – Suez Canal tolls to rise

The Suez Canal Authority has announced that tolls for the waterway will be increased from 1 May 2013.

The Authority includes a detailed new tariff structure with its Circular 1/2013 announcing the increase.

The approximate indicated increases in Canal tolls will be as follows:
– Crude oil tankers: 5%
– Petroleum product tankers: 5%
– Chemical carriers & other liquid bulk carriers: 5%
– LPG: 5%
– LNG: 5%
– Dry bulk carriers: 5%
– Container ships: 2%
– Vehicle carriers: 2%
– General cargo ships: 3%
– Ro/Ro ships: 3%
– Passenger ships: 3%
– Other vessels: 3%

For further details and information about operations in the Suez Canal contact GAC Egypt at suezcanal@gac.com

DATE: January 31, 2013 COUNTRY: Chile PORT: Talcahuano – Updated wharfage rates

Wharfage rates at Talcahuano Terminal Portuario S.A. (TTP) have been updated, with effect from today (31 January), as follows:

Vessels Wharfage: USD 1.50 per meter of LOA per hour

Cargo Wharfage: USD 1.45 per MT
(For information about operations in the Americas, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)
Source: Ultramar Agencia Maritima, Chile – GAC agent

DATE: January 31, 2013 Bunker Update: MARKET PRICE UPDATE 31/01/13

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert MARKET PRICE UPDATE 31/01/13
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              646.00    622.00    966.00    0
Antwerp                658.00    628.00    989.00    0
Aqaba                  0         0         1, 070.00  0
Bahrain                0         0         1, 085.00  0
Barrow                 0         0         0         0
Busan                  685.00    665.00    985.00    975.00
Cape Town              682.00    0         1, 106.00  0
Colombo                730.00    690.00    0         0
Dubai                  670.00    655.00    875.00    0
Durban                 655.00    0         1, 110.00  0
Falmouth               721.00    660.00    1, 035.00  0
Fawley                 0         0         0         0
Felixstowe             0         0         0         0
Fujairah               655.00    635.00    1, 020.00  0
Gibraltar              726.50    693.50    1, 017.50  0
Grangemouth            0         0         0         0
Harwich                0         0         0         0
Hong Kong              663.00    658.50    984.00    979.00
Houston                735.00    640.00    1, 030.00  0
Immingham              0         0         0         0
Invergordon            0         0         0         0
Istanbul               680.50    650.50    1, 025.50  0
Jeddah                 710.00    700.00    1, 090.00  0
Kaohsiung              680.00    673.00    1, 027.00  1, 012.00
Kuwait                 638.00    631.00    0         994.00
Leith                  0         0         0         0
Malta                  730.50    704.50    989.50    0
Mersey                 0         0         0         0
Milford Haven          0         0         0         0
Mumbai                 666.00    659.00    1, 080.00  0
New York & New Jersey  675.00    645.00    1, 050.00  0
Newport                0         0         0         0
Nigg Bay               0         0         0         0
Panama                 745.00    655.00    1, 045.00  0
Piraeus                737.50    712.50    1, 003.50  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, 035.00  0
Rotterdam              654.00    630.00    974.00    0
Salalah                718.00    678.00    1, 170.00  0
Shanghai               685.00    666.00    1, 081.50  0
Sharjah                670.00    655.00    875.00    0
Sheerness              0         0         0         0
Singapore              645.00    637.00    953.00    0
St Petersburg          600.50    585.50    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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