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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Singapore, Pasir Panjang – Underwater drilling and blasting
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Silt Curtains north-east of airport
* Australia, Gladstone – Heavy rain affects rail deliveries
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 04/03/13

DATE: March 04, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Pasir Panjang
Underwater drilling and blasting

Underwater drilling and blasting works will be carried out at Pasir Panjang Terminal from 5 March to 31 August.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s POrt Marine Notice No.22 of 2013 dated 4 March 2013, the works will be conducted in the vicinity of Pasir Panjang Terminal and Pasir Panjang Wharves, within the working areas bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

Drilling and Blasting Working Area A
1 01° 16.245’N / 103° 46.709’E
2 01° 16.210’N / 103° 46.768’E
3 01° 16.119’N / 103° 46.714’E
4 01° 16.154’N / 103° 46.655’E

Drilling and Blasting Working Area B
5 01° 16.211’N / 103° 46.768’E
6 01° 16.191’N / 103° 46.802’E
7 01° 16.121’N / 103° 46.760’E
8 01° 16.141’N / 103° 46.727’E

Drilling and Blasting Working Area C
9  01° 16.110’N / 103° 46.716’E
10 01° 16.094’N / 103° 46.744’E
11 01° 16.048’N / 103° 46.717’E
12 01° 16.064’N / 103° 46.689’E

Drilling and Blasting Working Area D
13 01° 16.215’N / 103° 46.816’E
14 01° 16.194’N / 103° 46.852’E
15 01° 16.095’N / 103° 46.793’E
16 01° 16.116’N / 103° 46.758’E

Drilling and Blasting Working Area E
17 01° 16.094’N / 103° 46.744’E
18 01° 16.079’N / 103° 46.770’E
19 01° 16.032’N / 103° 46.743’E
20 01° 16.048’N / 103° 46.717’E

Drilling and Blasting Working Area F
21 01° 16.563’N / 103° 46.787’E
22 01° 16.518’N / 103° 46.861’E
23 01° 16.499’N / 103° 46.850’E
24 01° 16.522’N / 103° 46.811’E

Drilling and Blasting Working Area G
25 01° 16.473’N / 103° 46.935’E
26 01° 16.437’N / 103° 46.995’E
27 01° 16.408’N / 103° 46.977’E
28 01° 16.444’N / 103° 46.917’E

Drilling will be carried out 24 hours daily, including Sunday and Public Holidays. Blasting works will only be carried out at one of the working areas at any one time.

Blasting will not be carried out on Sundays and Public Holidays. The schedule for blasting will be carried out as follows:
1. 0800hrs – 0900hrs
2. 1200hrs – 1400hrs
3. 1630hrs – 1830hrs

Underwater drilling and blasting works will be carried out by work barge “Orion 84” which will be held in position by 4-point anchors.

The following safety procedures and warning signals will be adopted for each blasting operation:
(a) All personnel will be evacuated from the danger zone prior to the blasting operations;
(b) Armed Protection Officers (APOs) in craft/safety boats will cordon off the working area 30 minutes before the blasting operations;
(c) “Pasir Panjang Control” will issue navigational warning on VHF Ch 25;
(d) Two (2) prolong blasts on the whistle will be sounded 15 minutes before the blasting, to ensure all divers and ships stay clear from the blasting area;
(e) Red flags and warning signs “Blasting in progress” will be erected to warn mariners 5 minutes prior to the blasting operations;
(f) Three (3) short blasts on the whistle will be sounded 5 minutes before the commencement of the blasting operations;
(g) At the point of blasting, four (4) short blasts will be sounded on the whistle with blasting initiated on the 4th short blast;
and
(h) One (1) prolonged blast will be sounded on the whistle after the completion of each blasting operation and red flag lowered.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and 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 working areas;
(b) maintain a proper lookout;
(c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
(d) comply with the instructions from Pasir Panjang Control and the APO craft at the scene;
(e) cease all underwater diving activities within a radius of 144 metres from the perimeter of the working areas during the periods of blasting;
(f) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 25;
and
(g) communicate with Pasir Panjang Control on VHF Channel 25 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: March 04, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Silt Curtains north-east of airport

For approximately 36 months, a cluster of silt curtains will be established and laid [to the north-east of Hong Kong International Airport] in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84) from
(A) to (C) and adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22º 19.313’N / 113º 56.115’E
(B) 22º 19.323’N / 113º 56.164’E
(C) 22º 19.254’N / 113º 56.190’E

The silt curtains will extend vertically from the sea surface to the seabed. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid
along the surface of the silt curtains to mark the extent of the silt curtains.

Diving operations will be carried out from a work boat from time to time during the laying operation, inspection and maintenance works.

Vessels engaged in the operations 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.27 of 2013 dated 4 March 2013

DATE: March 04, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Gladstone
Heavy rain affects rail deliveries

The Gladstone Region has more than 150mm of rain over the weekend. While this has not had a direct effect on shipping movements, the railwayvinfrastructure has again experienced delays and damage.

Moura Line:
The Moura Line has been closed due to flooding after heavy rain in the area, repairs are underway but are being hampered by continuing rainfall.  At this time, the best indication is that service may be resumed later this week

North Coast Line:
Operating with speed restrictions in place.

Blackwater Line:
Temporarily closed on Saturday due to heavy rainfall, the line has now re-opened with speed restrictions in place.

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

DATE: March 04, 2013
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 04/03/13
 
GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 04/03/13

180 CST   380 CST   MGO MDO

  • Aberdeen                                         0         0         960.00  0
  • Aden                                             725.00    0  1, 110.00  0
  • Alexandria                                       685.00    695.00 1, 220.00  0
  • Amsterdam                                        617.00    593.00    896.00 0
  • Antwerp                                          631.00    601.00    909.00  0
  • Aqaba                                            0         0   1, 060.00  0
  • Bahrain                                          0         0    1, 100.00  0
  • Bergen                                           710.00    686.00    959.00   0
  • Busan                                            680.00    655.00    985.00    975.00
  • Cape Town                                        691.00    0    1, 078.00  0
  • Colombo                                          750.00    730.00   1, 165.00  0
  • Dubai                                            675.00    660.00    920.00   0
  • Durban                                           651.00    0   1, 094.00  0
  • Falmouth                                         679.00    636.00    975.00  0
  • Fujairah                                         680.00    630.00   1, 030.00  0
  • Gibraltar                                        700.50    670.50    977.50   0
  • Hong Kong                                        652.50    647.50    963.50   0
  • Houston                                          700.00    610.00    995.00   0
  • Istanbul                                         670.50    649.50    989.50   0
  • Jeddah                                           700.00    685.00    1, 080.00  0
  • Kaohsiung                                        676.00    669.00   1, 023.00  1, 008.00
  • Kuwait                                           640.00    635.00    999.00   0
  • Leith                                            0         0    1, 000.00  0
  • Malta                                            705.50    680.50    950.50   0
  • Mumbai                                           655.50    650.50    1, 070.00  0
  • New York & New Jersey                            660.00    630.00    995.00   0
  • Panama                                           700.00    630.00   1, 035.00  0
  • Piraeus                                          711.50    684.50    960.50   0
  • Port Louis                                       750.00    0    1, 114.00  0
  • Port Said                                        690.00    710.00   1, 080.00  0
  • Qatar                                            0         0         970.00     0
  • Richards Bay                                     662.00    0    1, 104.00  0
  • Rio de Janeiro                                   652.00    628.00    1, 035.00  0
  • Rotterdam                                        625.00    601.00    904.00    0
  • Salalah                                          728.00    678.00    1, 125.00  0
  • Shanghai                                         682.50    663.00   1, 078.50  0
  • Sharjah                                          675.00    660.00    920.00   0
  • Singapore                                        641.00    633.00    961.00   0
  • St Petersburg                                    600.50    585.50    0    0
  • Stavanger                                        0         0         953.00   0
  • Suez                                             685.00    705.00 1, 070.00  0
  • Walvis Bay                                       0         0 1, 091.00  0
  • West Africa OFFSHORE – FROM ABIDJAN TO LUANDA  0         738.00    1, 077.00 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.

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