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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Lock chamber outage
* Nigeria, Bonny Nigeria LNG Terminal – Force Majeure declared due to supply problems
* United States, New York, NewYork – ‘Business as usual’ ahead of expected snowstorm
* United States, New York, NewYork – Port Authority prepares for major snowstorm
* Singapore, Singapore – Revision of soil investigation area & working period
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Dredging in Discovery Bay, Lantau Island
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Submarine Outfall Inspection off Black Point Power Station

DATE: February 08, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Lock chamber outage

Kiel Canal Authorities have today announced that the New Big South Lock Chamber at Brunsbuettel will be out of service for repairs from 12 to 14 February.

The New Big North Lock Chamber and both Small Lock Chambers remain in service.

The New Big North Lock Chamber will be taken out of service for repairs from 18 February until about 8 March. The New Big South Lock Chamber and both Small Lock Chambers will remain in service.

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

DATE: February 08, 2013
COUNTRY: Nigeria
PORT: Bonny Nigeria LNG Terminal
Force Majeure declared due to supply problems

Shell have declared a Force Majeure at their Soku gas flow station as there is currently no supply available due to leaks in the pipeline.

Loading of a LNG vessel at NLNG Jetty No.2 has been suspended as there is insufficient cargo supply.
For information about operations in Nigeria contact GAC Nigeria at nigeria@gac.com

DATE: February 08, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: New York, NewYork
‘Business as usual’ ahead of expected snowstorm

Operations at the Port of New York are continuing as normal despite forecasts of a snowstorm expected later today (8 February). If the storm reaches the forecast capacity, some delays may be possible due to wind and visibility.

Portland Maine is also still operational, with only an advisory currently in place.

Boston, however, is shut down for ship docking until at least Sunday (10 February).
For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: February 08, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: New York, NewYork
Port Authority prepares for major snowstorm

The Port Authority [of New York and New Jersey] is taking steps to handle the first major winter snowstorm of the year….

….The agency is deploying extra staff and assembling snow-fighting equipment to handle whatever wintry conditions may develop at its airports, seaports, tunnels, bridges and PATH system.

According to current forecasts, the New York-New Jersey region will see at least six inches of snow, with the heaviest amounts occurring late Friday afternoon into Saturday morning. The Port Authority will deploy extra personnel at all of its facilities, which is the normal course of operations during snow events.

During the most severe storms, staff works around-the-clock in 12-hour shifts. The airports, bridges, tunnels and PATH have snow desks where key personnel analyze weather reports and deploy staff and equipment.

The Port Authority urges travelers to check with their carriers before going to the airport or bus terminals to confirm departure times. The
agency also may impose speed restrictions on its crossings if weather conditions warrant….

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: Extract from Port of New York and New Jersey press release 16-2013 dated 7 February 2013 (www.panynj.gov)

DATE: February 08, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Revision of soil investigation area & working period

The working areas and working period have been revised for soil investigation works off Temasek Fairway and West Jurong Channel. The works will now be conducted between 12 February and 31 March.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.17 of 2013, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – at the following marine borehole coordinates in 2 separate areas (WGS 84 Datum):

AREA 1:
ATBH-1) 1° 16.148’N / 103° 38.601’E
ATBH-2) 1° 15.776’N / 103° 38.601’E

AREA 2:
AJBH-1) 1° 16.476’N / 103° 39.375’E
AJBH-2) 1° 16.319’N / 103° 39.235’E

Soil investigation works will be carried out by means of borehole drilling using jack-up barge. The jack-up barge, with tug boats in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 30 meters radius centered at the barge.

Tugboats will be used for shifting the barge from one borehole location to another.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft of the project work.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local an  international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working areas, mariners are reminded to:
(a) keep well clear and not to enter the safety zone of the barge;
(b) maintain a proper lookout;
(c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch  on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control);
and
(e) communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if
required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

DATE: February 08, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Dredging in Discovery Bay, Lantau Island

From 14 February 2013 and for approximately 2 months, dredging operations will be carried out [in Discovery Bay, Lantau Island] in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (A) to (H):
(A) 22 deg. 18.418’N / 114 deg. 01.046’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.419’N / 114 deg. 01.069’E
(C) 22 deg. 18.412’N / 114 deg. 01.075’E
(D) 22 deg. 18.221’N / 114 deg. 01.621’E
(E) 22 deg. 18.201’N / 114 deg. 01.614’E
(F) 22 deg. 18.376’N / 114 deg. 01.097’E
(G) 22 deg. 18.371’N / 114 deg. 01.069’E
(H) 22 deg. 18.380’N / 114 deg. 01.046’E

The works will be carried out by one grab dredger. Four hopper barges and two tugs will assist in the works. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around the dredger will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the dredger.

The hours of work will be round-the-clock.

Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(For information about operations in Hong MKong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)
Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.17 of 2013

DATE: February 08, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Submarine Outfall Inspection off Black Point Power Station

From 13 February and for approximately one week, submarine outfall inspection works will be carried out [off Black Point Power Station] within
the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS
84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22º 24.746’N / 113º 54.142’E
(B) 22º 24.710’N / 113º 54.182’E
(C) 22º 24.602’N / 113º 54.065’E
(D) 22º 24.645’N / 113º 54.024’E

One derrick lighter will carry out the works. One tug and one work boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around the lighter will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the lighter.

The hours of work will be from 0800 hours to 2000 hours. The vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the works will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the area.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)
Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.23 of 2013

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