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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Lock chamber back in service
* Nigeria, Qua Iboe – Force Majeure still in place
* United States, all ports – Report shows estimated cost of Hurricane Sandy
* Turkey, Bosporus – Strait closed due to use of explosives
* Brazil, all ports – Brazilian daylight saving time to end

DATE: February 15, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Lock chamber back in service

The Kiel Canal authorities have announced that the big south lock at
Brunsbuttel will be back in service from late afternoon today (15
February).

Therefore, both big locks will be in service during the coming weekend.

On Monday (18 February), the big north lock will be taken out of service
until Friday, 22 February. Delays can be expected as a result.

(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 15, 2013
COUNTRY: Nigeria
PORT: Qua Iboe
Force Majeure still in place

The Force Majeure declared by Mobil at Qua Iboe Terminal is still in place
and may remain until March or April 2013 if measures are not taken at the
site of shut-down oil wells.

The declaration remains as long as terminal’s production/operation target
and lifting schedule for each month are not achieved (as it is now).

Until now, Qua Iboe Terminal was taking about two days or less to build
cargo for a 950, 000 bbls tanker. However, this has now drastically
depreciated.

For information about operations in Nigeria contact GAC Nigeria at
nigeria@gac.com

DATE: February 15, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: all ports
Report shows estimated cost of Hurricane Sandy

The US National Hurricane Center’s Tropical Cyclone Report for Hurricane
Sandy released this week reveals that it was the second-costliest cyclone
to hit the USA since 1900.

Sandy made landfall late on 29 October near Brigantine, New Jersey, but
because of its tremendous size, it drove a catastrophic storm surge into
the New Jersey and New York coastlines.

Preliminary U.S. damage estimates are near $50 billion. There were at least
147 direct deaths recorded across the Atlantic basin due to Sandy, 72 of
them in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern United States – the greatest
number of U.S. direct fatalities related to a tropical cyclone outside of
the southern states since Hurricane Agnes in 1972.

The full report is available online at
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/data/tcr/AL182012_Sandy.pdf
For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: February 15, 2013
COUNTRY: Turkey
PORT: Bosporus
Strait closed due to use of explosives

The Bosphorus Strait was closed for 20 minutes at midday today (15
February) due to the use of explosives to excavate the area for the legs of
a third suspension bridge being built.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC
Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

DATE: February 15, 2013
COUNTRY: Brazil
PORT: all ports
Brazilian daylight saving time to end

From 00:00 hours on Sunday (17 February), the clocks in Brazil will be put
back by one hour, thus reverting the national time zone to UTC -3 hours
(GMT – 03:00 hours).

This marks the end of Brazilian daylight saving time which started in
October 2012.

For information about operations in Brazil contact GAC Brazil at
shipping.brazil@gac.com

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