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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Worldwide – World Holidays: 10-23 March 2013
* Singapore, Singapore – Search & Rescue after coaster craft sinks

DATE: March 09, 2013
COUNTRY: Worldwide
World Holidays: 10-23 March 2013

Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the
following:
Sun 10 Mar – Mahashivratri (Sri Lanka)
Mon 11 Mar – Lithuania Restoration of Independence Day
Mon 11 Mar – Makha Bucha (Thailand)
Tue 12 Mar – Nyepi Day (Indonesia)
Fri 15 Mar – Hungary National Day
Mon 18 Mar – Greek Orthodox Ash Monday (Clean Monday)
Thu 21 Mar – South Africa Human Rights Day
Thu 21 Mar – Nowruz (Persian New Year) (Turkmenistan)
Thu 21-Sat 23 Mar – Nauryz Meiramy (so-called “Kazakh New Year”,
historically Iranian-Turkic New Year) (Turkmenistan)
Sat 23 Mar – Pakistan Day

For information about operations around the world contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found in the ‘Contacts’ section of www.gac.com

DATE: March 09, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Search & Rescue after coaster craft sinks

At 0625hrs (Singapore time) on 9 March 2013, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) received a report that an
Indonesian-registered coaster craft, Budi Jasa 18, had sunk in the West Keppel Fairway. 5 crew members onboard the craft has been rescued and 1 person was reported missing.

Budi Jasa 18 sank as a result of a collision with Sea Hawk, a ferry that was proceeding from Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal (PPFT) to Pulau Bukom. At the time of the incident, Sea Hawk was carrying 200 passengers. 8 passengers suffered injuries, of which 5 were sent to Bukom Clinic to receive medical treatment for cuts and abrasions, and 3 were sent to Alexandra Hospital.

MPA is currently co-ordinating the search and rescue (SAR) operation, involving 2 MPA and 2 Police Coast Guard craft. Divers have also been activated.

MPA has issued navigational broadcasts to vessels in the vicinity to keep clear of the SAR area and to report any sighting of the missing person. Port operations are unaffected.

MPA is investigating the incident.

For media enquiries, please call MPA’s media hotline at 6375 1643.

(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)
Source: Maritime and POrt Authority of Singapore News Release issued on 9 March 2013

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