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HOT PORT NEWS from GAC
Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Benin, Cotonou – Port operations to cease for Easter
* Ghana, Tema – Ports closed for Easter holiday
* Singapore, Singapore – Shell Bukom SBM subsea pipeline repair
* Panama, Panama Canal – Extension of Just-in-Time Transit Service trial
period

DATE: March 29, 2013
COUNTRY: Benin
PORT: Cotonou
Port operations to cease for Easter

Due to the Easter holidays, port operations and ship movements at Cotonou
will cease at 2000 tomorrow (Saturday 30 March) and resume at 0630 on
Monday (1 April).

For information about operations in Benin, please contact GAC-OMA Benin at
gac.oma-benin@gac.com

DATE: March 29, 2013
COUNTRY: Ghana
PORT: Tema
Ports closed for Easter holiday

Due to the Easter holiday, the ports of Tema and Takoradi are closed for 24
hours, with port operations and ship movements ceasing at 0600 today (29
March) and resuming at 0600 tomorrow (30 March).

Any company wishing to work during this period should seek permission from
the director of the port.

For information about operations in , please contact GAC Ghana at
ghana@gac.com

DATE: March 29, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Shell Bukom SBM subsea pipeline repair

The working area has been revised and
the working period extended for repairs to the Shell Bukom SBM subsea
pipeline. The works will now be conducted from 1 to 30 April.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine
Notice No.36 of 2013, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily –
including Sundays & Public Holidays from – within the area bounded by the
following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01° 13.114’N / 103° 46.752′
2) 01° 11.869’N / 103° 47.635′
3) 01° 11.756’N / 103° 47.865′
4) 01° 11.251’N / 103° 47.876′
5) 01° 10.932’N / 103° 47.420′
6) 01° 10.971’N / 103° 46.956′
7) 01° 11.600’N / 103° 46.997′
8) 01° 11.967’N / 103° 47.258′
9) 01° 12.797’N / 103° 46.468′

The repair works will entail the removal and reinstallation of existing SBM
buoy and new subsea pipeline. Pipeline reinstallation works will be carried
out by pipelay barge “LEIGHTON STEALTH” held by 4-point anchor moorings
within the working area.

A safety boat will be in attendance throughout the duration of the repair
works to warn other craft of the works in the vicinity.

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

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
(a) keep well clear and not to enter the working area;
(b) maintain a proper lookout;
(c) proceed at a safe speed & navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (West Control);
and
(e) communicate with West Control on Channel 68 for assistance, if
required.

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

DATE: March 29, 2013
COUNTRY: Panama
PORT: Panama Canal
Extension of Just-in-Time Transit Service trial period

The trial period for the Just-in-Time Transit Service (JIT) is extended
until further notice. IN order to provide greater flexibility and expand
the service to more vessels, modifications to the existing procedure are
being implemented as noted below.

Effective April 2, 2013, non-booked vessels may request to participate in
the JIT service: however, participation will be confirmed after securing a
booking slot for that specific transit date.

The selection procedure published in Advisory to Shipping A-0302013 for
“supers” (vessels with beams of 27.74 metres or 91 feet and over) that
submit their request at least 96 hours prior to the proposed transit date
will remain as announced, with the exception that vessels securing a
booking slot prior to submitting their request for participation in the JIT
service will have priority over non-booked vessels for tie-breaking
purposes.

Vessels may submit their joint request to participate in the JIT service
less than 96 hours prior to their intended trasnit date, but no later than
1100 hours on the closing date of the 3rd booking period. The allocation of
these slots will be based in the order the requests were received.

Finally, two (2) JIT service slots per day will be offered to “regulars”
(vessels under 27.74 metres or 91 feet in beam) wihtout transit
restrictions, with a maximum of one (1) JIT service slot per direction. The
allocation of these JIT service slots will be determined by the order the
requested were received.

During the trial period the JIT service will be offered with no additional
cost to the vessel…

The ACP [Panama Canal Authority] will not be liable for any loss or damage
that may arise from the client’s participation in the JIT service trial.
However, this does not refer to damages resulting from navigation in the
Panama Canal in accordance with the Panama Canal Authority Organic Law and
its regulations.

The ACP reserves the right to suspend this trial period, in whole or in
part, and for an indefinite period of time, for operational or other
reasons. Vessels that were confirmed a JIT service slot prior to a
suspension of the service will retain their slot.

All other terms and conditions announced in Advisory A-03-2013 remain
unchanged.

Your comments and suggestions regarding this service are highly appreciated
and may be submitted via e-mail to JITtrials@pancanal.com

(For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at
gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-06-2013 dated 28
March 2013

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