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GAClogo_cmykYour daily* news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Australia, Gladstone – Port status update (7 February 2013)
* Australia, Newcastle – Rail union calls two back-to-back 24-hour strikes
* Ecuador, Guayaquil – Change to maximum LOA
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 07/02/13

DATE: February 07, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Gladstone
Port status update (7 February 2013)

Gladstone Ports Corporation has advised that, despite the impact of recent extreme weather conditions, RGT and Barney Point coal terminals are fully operational and stockpiles are accessible for loading and unloading.

There are still considerable clean-up activities to be completed, however all issues related to blocked stormwater drains, flooded conveyors and reclaim tunnels are now resolved.

Rail providers and coal customers are exploring options for maximising tonnage through the port whilst the supply chain is recovering. Repairs to the Blackwater Line were completed yesterday (6 February), ahead of schedule. The Moura Line suffered extensive damage and is expected to re-open progressively from 18 February. The complete line is not expected to be operational before 25 February.

A number of Force Majeures are in place, as follows:

Yancoal declared a Force Majeure for its Yarrabee coal mine, after it received more than 360 mm of rain in the pit. Production was suspended, restarting after a two-day shutdown. The Force Majeure was declared due to damage caused to the Blackwater rail corridor by ex-tropical cyclone Oswald. Yarrabee, along with several other mines on the same rail corridor, is currently not able to rail coal from the mines to the port in Gladstone.
However, coal haulage operations from Yarrabee to the Boonal rail loadout facility are continuing normally.

Following flooding in Queensland, Xstrata declared a Force Majeure on some of its coal exports as heavy rains damage its rail network. Rio Tinto Ltd also declared a Force Majeure on coal sales contracts from its Kestrel mine due to damage to the Blackwater rail network.

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

DATE: February 07, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Newcastle
Rail union calls two back-to-back 24-hour strikes

Australia’s main rail union has announced two 24-hour strikes starting at midday tomorrow (Friday 8 February).

The Rail, Tram and Bus Union had already planned a Friday’s 24-hour strike when it gave Pacific National notice of the second strike to start on Saturday.

The consecutive strikes are expected to affect the New South Wales coal industry, as Pacific National hauls about 300, 000 tonnes of coal per day.

There could have an impact on exports through Newcastle, and a lesser extent Port Kembla, as there will effectively be 600, 000 MT less coal in the stockpiles when railing resumes on Sunday. Some delay in shipping is possible.
For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

DATE: February 07, 2013
COUNTRY: Ecuador
PORT: Guayaquil
Change to maximum LOA

Following a resolution regarding the navigation in the Estero del Muerto, vessels with LOA up to 195 metres may now enter Fertisa Terminal.

The maximum LOA allowed will be 200 metres (after security committee approval).

(For information about operations in the Americas, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Centre at hub.us@gac.com)
Source: Ultramar Network Ecuador – GAC agent

DATE: February 07, 2013
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 07/02/13
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GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert MARKET PRICE UPDATE 07/02/13
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              661.00    636.00    994.50    0
Antwerp                672.00    641.00    1, 004.00  0
Aqaba                  0         0         1, 070.00  0
Bahrain                0         0         1, 104.00  0
Barrow                 0         0         0         0
Busan                  705.00    680.00    1, 020.00  1, 010.00
Cape Town              693.00    0         1, 114.00  0
Colombo                750.00    720.00    1, 145.00  0
Dubai                  655.00    640.00    865.00    0
Durban                 699.00    0         1, 120.00  0
Falmouth               740.00    679.50    1, 058.00  0
Fawley                 0         0         0         0
Felixstowe             0         0         0         0
Fujairah               670.00    645.00    1, 010.00  0
Gibraltar              745.50    700.50    1, 040.50  0
Grangemouth            0         0         0         0
Harwich                0         0         0         0
Hong Kong              671.50    667.75    1, 012.00  0
Houston                738.00    643.00    1, 056.00  0
Immingham              0         0         0         0
Invergordon            0         0         0         0
Istanbul               691.50    661.50    1, 054.50  0
Jeddah                 700.00    690.00    1, 080.00  0
Kaohsiung              692.00    685.00    1, 054.00  1, 039.00
Kuwait                 652.00    646.00    1, 004.00  0
Leith                  0         0         0         0
Malta                  755.50    727.50    1, 024.50  0
Mersey                 0         0         0         0
Milford Haven          0         0         0         0
Mumbai                 680.50    674.50    1, 114.00  0
New York & New Jersey  693.00    663.00    1, 065.00  0
Newport                0         0         0         0
Nigg Bay               0         0         0         0
Panama                 760.00    660.00    1, 045.00  0
Piraeus                760.50    735.50    1, 019.50  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              669.00    644.00    1, 002.50  0
Salalah                735.00    695.00    1, 190.00  0
Shanghai               699.00    681.00    1, 096.50  0
Sharjah                655.00    640.00    865.00    0
Sheerness              0         0         0         0
Singapore              667.00    659.00    975.00    0
St Petersburg          603.50    588.50    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:
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Contact Martyn McMahon on +971
566032534 or Martyn.mcmahon@gac.com quoting HPN for more information or
with your bunker enquiry.

* arrived late and refers to the seventh of February report

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