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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, San Francisco, California – Temporary guidelines for navigating in reduced visibility
* United Arab Emirates, Port of Fujairah – Restricted anchoring adjacent to Fujairah Territorial waters
* Australia, Port Kembla – Damage to loader
* Egypt, Port Said – Operations disrupted at Canal container terminal
* Turkey, Turkish Straits – Strait traffic suspended due to fog
* Mexico, all ports – Pilotage tariff increased
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 21/02/13

DATE: February 21, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: San Francisco, California
Temporary guidelines for navigating in reduced visibility

The U.S. Coast Guard, Sector San Francisco, has announced Temporary Safety Guidelines for Navigating in Reduced Visibility as adopted by the Harbor Safety Committee.

These guidelines will be monitored and enforced by Vessel Traffic Service  (VTS) San FRancisco, and will remain in place pending a comprehensive review of all Critical Maneuvring Areas (CMAs) and associated guidelines as
apublished in the Harbor Safety Plan.

The following temporary guidelines apply to all vessels 1600 GT or greater, tugs with tows 1600 GT or greater, and all tugs with tows in petroleum service. Nothing in this guidance should preclude vessel Masters, Pilots, and operators from taking proactive measures to ensure the safety of their vessel at all times.

1. Vessels should make visibility reports as part of their sailing plan report to the VTS and at any point in their transit when visibility conditions change substantially and navigation safety allows the report to be made.

2. Vessels transiting the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge (West of Yerba Buena Island) in any condition of reduced visibility should generally do so via the A-B or D-E span unless vessel traffic, environmental or other
safety factors dictate otherwise.

3. Outbound/northbound vessels should not transit the San-Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge (West of Yerba Buena Island) when visibility is less than 0.5 nautical mile.

4. Inbound vessels transiting the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in restricted visibility are advised to exercise extreme caution during their transit.

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

DATE: February 21, 2013
COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates
PORT: Port of Fujairah
Restricted anchoring adjacent to Fujairah Territorial waters

Considering safety, security and environmental issues, vessels anchoring adjacent to Fujairah Territorial waters is STRICTLY PROHIBITED with immediate effect.

The coordinates of the areas are given below

AREA 1
25 deg. 37.0’N & 056 deg. 35’E
25 deg. 37.0’N & 056 deg. 47’E
25 deg. 24.45’N & 056 deg. 35’E
25 deg. 24.45’N & 056 deg. 47’E

AREA 2
25 deg. 19.25’N & 056 deg. 35’E
25 deg. 19.25’N & 056 deg. 49.5’E
25 deg. 06.0’N & 056 deg. 35’E
25 deg. 06.0’N & 056 deg. 49.5’E

Note: Mariners please bear in mind that the “undersea communications cable” is passing adjacent to longitude 056 deg. 49.5 E.

Free passing of vessels through the aforementioned area is allowed as per International Maritime Law.

Also refer our earlier Notice to Mariners related to the subject,
1. Notice to Mariners No. 88 : Prohibited S.T.S. Operations at Off Port Limit
2. Notice to Mariners No. 153: Restiction to serving vessels at Off Port Limit

Affected Charted : Admiralty Chart 3709 and 3723.

(For information about operations in or off Fujairah contact GAC Fujairah at fujairah@gac.com)

Source: Port of Fujairah Notice to Mariners No.169 (amended Notice to Mariners No.159) dated 21 February 2013

DATE: February 21, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Port Kembla
Damage to loader

Vessel loading at Port Kembla Coal Terminal was halted yesterday evening (20 February) following damage to the No.2 loader and track.

The Terminal is currently accessing the situation and will remove No.2 loader to a safe position to allow loading continuing with No.1 loader.

Loading is expected to resume, with just one loader, tomorrow (22 February). There is currently no notification of how long it will take to repair the damaged loader.

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

DATE: February 21, 2013
COUNTRY: Egypt
PORT: Port Said
Operations disrupted at Canal container terminal

According to local reports, operations at the Suez Canal Container Terminal (SCCT) have been disrupted as a result of civil disobedience in Port Said.

Operations in the Canal itself remain unaffected and transits are continuing as normal.

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

DATE: February 21, 2013
COUNTRY: Turkey
PORT: Turkish Straits
Strait traffic suspended due to fog

Traffic in the Canakkale Strait was suspended between 07.25 and 10.30 hours local time today (21 February) due to dense fog and poor visibility.

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

DATE: February 21, 2013
COUNTRY: Mexico
PORT: all ports
Pilotage tariff increased

The pilotage tariff at Mexican ports has been increased with effect from 1 February 2013.

Specifically, the increases at the ports of Coatzacoalcos (Pajaritos), Dos Bocas, Cayo Arcas, Salina Cruz, Tampico Madero, Altamira and Tuxpan are as follows:

COATZACOALCOS (PAJARITOS)
– Previous tariff (Factor x GRT): 0.302
– New tariff (Factor x GRT): 0.313
– Percentage increase: 3.64%

DOS BOCAS
– Previous tariff (Factor x GRT): 0.259
– New tariff (Factor x GRT): 0.268
– Percentage increase: 3.47%

CAYO ARCAS
– Previous tariff (Factor x GRT): 0.265
– New tariff (Factor x GRT): 0.274
– Percentage increase: 3.39%

SALINA CRUZ
– Previous tariff (Factor x GRT): 0.191
– New tariff (Factor x GRT): 0.198
– Percentage increase: 3.66%

SALINA CRUZ BERTH 9
– Previous tariff (Factor x GRT): 0.360
– New tariff (Factor x GRT): 0.373
– Percentage increase: 3.61%

TAMPICO MADERO
– Previous tariff (Factor x GRT): 0.302
– New tariff (Factor x GRT): 0.313
– Percentage increase: 3.64%

ALTAMIRA
– Previous tariff (Factor x GRT): 0.275
– New tariff (Factor x GRT): 0.285
– Percentage increase: 3.63%

TUXPAN
– Previous tariff (Factor x GRT): 0.259
– New tariff (Factor x GRT): 0.268
– Percentage increase: 3.47%

The tariff will be increased again on 1 February 2014.

For information about operations in Mexico contact GAC-Tomas Ruiz at gac-tomasruiz.mexico@gac.com

DATE: February 21, 2013
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 21/02/13

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 21/02/13
180 CST   380 CST   MGO MDO
Aden                                             725.00    0  1, 110.00  0
Alexandria                                       695.00    685.00  1, 170.00  0
Amsterdam                                        641.00    615.00    958.00   0
Antwerp                                          654.00    624.00    977.00   0
Aqaba                                            0         0 1, 060.00  0
Bahrain                                          0         0 1, 140.00  0
Busan                                            690.00    667.00 1, 015.00  1, 005.00
Cape Town                                        693.00    0 1, 104.00  0
Colombo                                          760.00    740.00 1, 175.00  0
Dubai                                            655.00    640.00    920.00   0
Durban                                           666.00    0 1, 105.00  0
Falmouth                                         719.00    658.00 1, 030.00  0
Fujairah                                         675.00    655.00 1, 010.00  0
Gibraltar                                        745.50    712.50 1, 041.50  0
Hong Kong                                        672.50    665.50 1, 020.00  0
Houston                                          725.00    635.00 1, 040.00  0
Istanbul                                         688.50    658.50 1, 050.50  0
Jeddah                                           700.00    690.00 1, 090.00  0
Kaohsiung                                        695.00    688.00 1, 065.00  1, 050.00
Kuwait                                           663.50    659.50 1, 004.00  0
Malta                                            750.50    725.50 1, 012.50  0
Mumbai                                           679.00    675.00 1, 122.00  0

New York & New Jersey                            685.00    655.00 1, 060.00  0
Panama                                           715.00    645.00 1, 045.00  0
Piraeus                                          754.50    729.50 1, 019.50  0
Port Louis                                       738.00    0 , 0 78.00  0
Port Said                                        720.00    685.00 , 0 75.00  0
Qatar                                            0         0         915.00   0
Richards Bay                                     678.00    0 , 115.00  0
Rio de Janeiro                                   671.00    647.00 , 035.00  0
Rotterdam                                        649.00    623.00    966.00 0
Salalah                                          755.00    696.00 1, 195.00  0
Shanghai                                         699.00    681.00 1, 096.00  0
Sharjah                                          655.00    640.00    920.00    0
Singapore                                        646.00    638.00    996.00   0
St Petersburg                                    622.50    600.50    0    0
Suez                                             0         0 1, 100.00  0
Walvis Bay                                       0         0 1, 085.00  0

West Africa OFFSHORE – FROM ABIDJAN TO LUANDA  0         752.00    1, 109.00 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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