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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United Kingdom, Hull – Closure of lock at King George Dock, Hull
* Singapore, all ports – New initiatives to strengthen maritime sector
* Singapore, Singapore – Dumping of excavated materials
DATE: April 09, 2013
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
PORT: Hull
Closure of lock at King George Dock, Hull

In order to replace the outer gate sill rubbers at King George Dock Lock, Hull, the lock will be closed to all shipping during the following times:

Tue 9 April: 0800 until 1700
(HW 0626, LW 1241, HW 1825)

Wed 10 April: 0800 until 1730
(HW 0703, LW 1325, HW 1907)

Thu 11 April: 0830 until 1800
(HW 0737, LW 1406, HW 1946)

For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

DATE: April 09, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: all ports
New initiatives to strengthen maritime sector

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will be rolling out new initiatives to drive maritime research and development (R&D), productivity improvements, and manpower development to further strengthen Singapore’s
maritime sector.

The new initiatives were announced by Mr Tharman Shanmugaratnam, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, at the opening of the Sea Asia Exhibition and Conference, held in conjunction with Singapore Maritime Week

….To continue developing Singapore’s maritime R&D capabilities, MPA will be extending the validity of the Maritime Innovation and Technology (MINT) Fund by five years and topping up the Fund by a further S$50 million. The
MINT Fund was established in 2003 with S$100 million to fund and support R&D and test-bedding of maritime technologies by universities, research institutes and companies in Singapore over a period of ten years.

To support our maritime industry’s productivity efforts and help raise productivity in the sector, MPA will be introducing a new S$25 million Productivity Programme under the Maritime Cluster Fund (MCF). The new
Productivity Programme will support the maritime industry’s effort to raise productivity by providing co-funding for initiatives like business process re-engineering, automation and adoption of other productivity tools or

An example of a project under this new Productivity Programme is the study on how to improve productivity in Singapore’s harbour craft sector. MPA, together with industry players, will embark on a review of the harbour
craft market structure, including identifying opportunities for productivity improvements, such as re-defining the business model to enhance efficiency, re-designing jobs as well as putting in place manpower development plans and more efficient designs for harbour craft.

Quality manpower is critical to the growth of the maritime industry. MPA continues to work closely with various IHLs to enhance manpower development and promote maritime careers.

MPA will be setting aside S$2 million from the Manpower Development Programme under the MCF for a new Global Internship Award over the next five years. The award offers high-achieving local undergraduates from the
three local universities – National University of Singapore (NUS), Nanyang Technological University (NTU) and Singapore Management University (SMU) – a fully-sponsored maritime-focused internship, comprising both local and
overseas components. Through this exposure with international maritime companies, students will gain a deeper appreciation of the global nature of shipping and the importance of shipping.

MPA also works in partnership with IHLs on maritime education and is pleased that the Singapore Management University (SMU) will be launching a new Maritime Economics Concentration under the School of Economics in
August this year. Under this concentration, SMU undergraduates will benefit from a structured and rigorous programme, which includes maritime modules, internship opportunities, overseas industry study missions, site visits and talks by industry practitioners. This will help build up the shore-based talent pool for Maritime Singapore.

The American Bureau of Shipping (ABS), MPA and the Singapore University of Technology and Design (SUTD) will jointly be establishing the ABS-MPA Maritime Technology Professorship Programme at SUTD. This programme aims to
build up SUTD’s capabilities in maritime education and R&D, which will help to strengthen the overall maritime education and R&D landscape in Singapore.

Besides the professorship at SUTD, MPA has, since 2003, established a Professorship in Maritime Business Economics at SMU, Professorships in Maritime Law and Maritime Economics at NUS and a Professorship in Shipping
Management at NTU to engage visiting professors to teach maritime modules and share their expertise.

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

Source: Extract from Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore News Release dated 9 April 2013

DATE: April 09, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Dumping of excavated materials

The working period for the operation to dump excavated materials off Tuas View Extension has been extended. The works will now be carried out between 26 April and 25 October.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.41 of 2013, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
A) 1 deg. 15.030’N / 103 deg. 37.080’N
B) 1 deg. 15.060’N / 103 deg. 37.141’N
C) 1 deg. 15.060’N / 103 deg. 37.524’N
(Light Buoy Characteristics: HS-TVE-01 / Fl.Y.3s (sync))
D) 1 deg. 14.894’N / 103 deg. 37.524’N
(Light Buoy Characteristics: HS-TVE-02 / Fl.Y.3s (sync))
E) 1 deg. 14.894’N / 103 deg. 37.142’N
(Light Buoy Characteristics: HS-TVE-03 / Fl.Y.3s (sync))

Dumping of excavated materials will be carried out by hopper barges within the working area.

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) maintain a proper look-out;
(b) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
(c) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control);
(d) communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

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

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