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HOT PORT NEWS from GAC

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* South Africa, all ports – TNPA 2013/2014 tariffs
* Oman, Masirah Island – Vessel sunk after fire
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Dockers’ strike

DATE: April 03, 2013
COUNTRY: South Africa
PORT: all ports
TNPA 2013/2014 tariffs

South Africa’s Ports Regulator has decided that Transnet National Ports Authority of South Africa (TNPA) tariffs for 2013/2014 are to be retained
at the same level as the 2012/2013 tariff, with the exception of the following cargo dues tariffs:

– Container full export cargo dues to be reduced by 43.2%

– Container full import cargo dues to be reduced by 14.3%

– Motor vehicles exported on own wheels (Ro-Ro) cargo dues to be reduced by  21.1%

For further details, including an updated copy of the TNPA tariff book in PDF format, or information about operations in South Africa contact GAC South Africa at southafrica@gac.com

DATE: April 03, 2013
COUNTRY: Oman
PORT: Masirah Island
Vessel sunk after fire

The M/V ATLANTIK CONFIDENCE had a fire in her engine room over the weekend at 1935N-06116E, approximately 150NM Southeast of Masirah Island, Oman.

The fire caused an explosion which resulted in a hull breach. Unfortunately, the crew could not manage to extinguish the fire and the Captain had no choice but to abandon ship.

USS NICHOLAS answered the ship’s MAYDAY and was on scene to render assistance. The M/V ALPINE MARIE rescued the ATLANTIK’s crew from the sea
and then transferred the crew to the M/V YM PLUTO.

At 0655UTC on 03APR13, the ATLANTIK CONFIDENCE sunk at position Lat: 20 12, 942N/Long: 061 26 02.E while in presence of salvage tug.

(For information about operations in Oman contact GAC Oman at muscat@gac.com)

Source: MARLO Bahrain Notice to Mariners dated 3 April 2013

DATE: April 03, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Dockers’ strike

Fears have been expressed that the ongoing dockers’ strike at Hong Kong’s Kwai Tsing terminals could have a negative impact on the port’s status. The
action, which started last Thursday, is in support of demands for a 17% pay rise.

The Hong Kong Shippers’ Council yesterday (2 April) advised operators and freight forwarders to divert cargo to Shenzhen if the strike at Kwai Tsing
continues.

Some vessels that had waited at Kwai Tsing since the strike began have since moved on to Shenzhen and Singapore.

Hong Kong was the world’s busiest container port for more than ten years until it was overtaken by Singapore in 2005. In 2010, Shanghai took over as
No.1.

For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com

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