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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, all ports – 2013 Vessel General Permit issued
* Singapore, Singapore – Submarine cable recovery off coast of Tanah Merah
* Australia, Newcastle – Channel depth further increased
* Australia, Geraldton – Berth closure for maintenance

DATE: April 05, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: all ports
2013 Vessel General Permit issued

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has issued the 2013 Vessel
General Permit, which will come into effect on 19 December 2013.

The aim of the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System’s (NPDES)
2013 Vessel General Permit (VGP) is to protect the nation’s waters from
ship-borne pollutants and reduce invasive species. It covers commercial
vessels longer than 79 feet, excluding military and recreational vessels,
and will replace the 2008 vessel general permit that expires on 19 December
2013.

The new permit includes a stricter numeric discharge standard limiting the
release of non-indigenous invasive species in ballast water. It also
contains additional environmental protection for the Great Lakes, requiring
certain vessels to take additional precautions.

The 2013 final VGP seeks to reduce the administrative burden for vessel
owners and operators by eliminating duplicate reporting requirements,
expanding electronic record-keeping opportunities, and reducing
self-inspection frequency for vessels that are out of service for extended
periods.

The new discharge standards are in line with the International Maritime
Organisation’s 2004 Ballast Water Convention.

More information can be found at http://www.epa.gov/npdes/vessels. For an
overview of the Final 2013 VGP  go to
http://www.epa.gov/npdes/pubs/vgp_overview2013.pdf.

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

DATE: April 05, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Submarine cable recovery off coast of Tanah Merah

An operation to recover submarine will be carried out off the coast of
Tanah Merah from 8 April to 30 May.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine
Notice No.39 of 2013, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily –
including Sundays & Public Holidays – on a route indicated by the following
coordinates (WGS 84 Datum)
1)    01° 18.482’N / 104° 00.263’E
AC30) 01° 18.409’N / 104° 00.387’E
AC29) 01° 18.265’N / 104° 00.627’E
AC28) 01° 17.836’N / 104° 01.345’E
AC27) 01° 17.413’N / 104° 02.052’E
2)    01° 17.014’N / 103° 02.719’E

The recovery of submarine cables will entail pre-trenching works, locating
of “out-of-service” cable crossings and recovery of cables. The works will
be carried out by the cable laying barge ‘CB Networker’. The safety zone is
a circular area with a radius of 150 meters centered at the location of the
barge. A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft
to keep clear of the working radius.

Craft involved in the operation 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 appropriate VHF Channel 12;
and
(e) communicate with East Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if
required.

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

DATE: April 05, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Newcastle
Channel depth further increased

Dredging is continuing at Newcastle to reduce the silted section of the
Harbour Channel. Today (5 April) it was announced that the depth is now
15.00 metres at zero tide, a further increase of 0.1 metres.

Recent flooding had caused a build of silt, reducing the Channel Depth from
15.20 metres to 14.30 metres at zero tide. Round-the-clock dredging is
underway tp remove the silt and restore the original depth.

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

DATE: April 05, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Geraldton
Berth closure for maintenance
 
Geraldton Port Authority has advised that Berth 5 will be unavailable from
1800 hours on Sunday 5 May until 2359 hours on Friday 10 May, due to plant
shutdown for maintenance.

There will be no shiploading at the berth during this time.

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

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