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 In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:  

  • * Singapore, all ports – Oil spill compensation claims agreement renewed  
  • * Singapore, Singapore – Dredging & construction at Ayer Merbau Basin  
  • * Australia, Melbourne – Bridge inspection & maintenance works  
  • * Australia, Hay Point – Coal terminal berths closed  
  • * Argentina, Villa Constitucion – Grain elevator explosion under  investigation  
  • * Argentina, all ports – Port tariffs increase  
  • * Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 10/04/13  

 DATE: April 10, 2013  COUNTRY: Singapore  PORT: all ports  Oil spill compensation claims agreement renewed

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) and the International  Tanker Owners Pollution Federation Limited (ITOPF) renewed a Memorandum of  Understanding (MOU) today aimed at expediting the processing of oil spill  compensation claims.

The MOU on Oil Spill Resources was first signed in 2007 and Singapore was  the first country in the world to establish such an agreement that covered  a pre-agreed schedule of rates for oil spill response resources. The  agreement was supported by the International Group of P&I Clubs and the  International Oil Pollution Compensation Fund. In addition to establishing  a pre-agreed schedule of rates to expedite claims settlements, the MOU  helped ensure necessary resources were available to handle oil spills. As  part of the renewal, the schedule of rates were reviewed and updated based  on current market conditions….

(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 10 April 2013

DATE: April 10, 2013  COUNTRY: Singapore  PORT: Singapore  Dredging & construction at Ayer Merbau Basin  

Dredging and construction works will be carried out at Ayer Merbau from 10  April to 10 October.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine  Notice No.43 of 2013, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily –  including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by  the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):  1)  1° 16.127’N / 103° 43.397’E  2)  1° 16.136’N / 103° 43.400’E  3)  1° 16.134’N / 103° 43.371’E  4)  1° 16.148’N / 103° 43.369’E  5)  1° 16.153’N / 103° 43.421’E  6)  1° 16.192’N / 103° 43.462’E  7)  1° 16.171’N / 103° 43.521’E  8)  1° 16.145’N / 103° 43.512’E  9)  1° 16.136’N / 103° 43.483’E  10) 1° 16.126’N / 103° 43.443’E

Dredging and construction works will be carried out by the grab dredger and  crane barge. The grab dredger will be held by 2-point anchoring system. The  dredger, with flat top barges in attendance, will have a circular safety  working zone of 50-metre radius centred at the dredger.

Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by  the flat top barges.

During the operation, the dredgers will be attended by tug boat. The tug  boats will be used to shift the dredger.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn  other craft of the project.

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 and navigate with caution;  (d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (Pasir Panjang Control);  and  (e) communicate with Pasir Panjang Control on VHF Channel 68 for  assistance, if required.

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

DATE: April 10, 2013  COUNTRY: Australia  PORT: Melbourne  Bridge inspection & maintenance works    

VicRoads are commencing inspections and maintenance works on the West Gate  Bridge over the River Yarra.

The works will be undertaken between the hours of 19:30 to 04:30 on  weeknights and require the use of an Under Bridge INspection Platform. The  works are due for completion on about 31 May 2013.

The following restrictions for transiting vessels will apply for the  duration of the works:

VESSELS WITH AN AIR DRAUGHT OF LESS THAN 43.5M  No restrictions apply:  – Incoming vessels must report to Melbourne VTS when passing Breakwater  Pier.  – Departing vessels report to Melbourne VTS upon departure from berths  upstream of the West Gate Bridge.

VESSELS WITH AN AIR DRAUGHT BETWEEN 43.5M & 47.5m  Transit is permitted subject to the evacuation of all personnel from the  platform:  – Incoming vessels must report to Melbourne VTS 30 minutes prior ro arrival  at Fawkner Beacon.  – Departing vessels report to Melbourne VTS 30 minutes prior to departing  berths upstream of the West Gate Bridge.

VESSELS WITH AN AIR DRAUGHT BETWEEN 47.5M & 50.1m  Transit is permitted subject to the evacuation of all personnel and the  removal of the platform from the navigable channel:  – Incoming vessels must report to Melbourne VTS at Hovell Pile.  – Departing vessels report to Melbourne VTS two hours prior to departing  berths upstream of the West Gate Bridge.

Melbourne VTS will relay the notice to the West Gate Bridge PLatform  Master.

Masters and agents are reminded of the critical nature of the operation and  are advised to exercise due care to ensure the accuracy of the air draught  when providing a vessel’s arrival and departure information to Melbourne  VTS.

Masters and agents are also reminded to ensure the accuracy of estimated  departure time when notifying Melbourne VTS of the required 30 minutes/2  hours notice to depart the berth depending on a vessel’s air draught.

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

Source: Port of Melbourne Victorian Notices to Mariners No.051(T)-2013  dated 10 April 2013

DATE: April 10, 2013  COUNTRY: Australia  PORT: Hay Point  Coal terminal berths closed  

Due to adverse weather, Berth No.1 at Hay Point Coal Terminal was closed at  1100 hour local time yesterday (9 April) for safety reasons. Berth No.2 has  also been closed.

The terminal will attempt to berth vessels on Saturday (13 April), by which  time the weather conditions are expected to have eased.

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

DATE: April 10, 2013  COUNTRY: Argentina  PORT: Villa Constitucion  Grain elevator explosion under investigation

The Port Authorities at Villa Constitucion Port are still evaluating the  cause of and damages from an explosion at the grain elevator during the  loading of corn to a ship on Saturday.

At this stage, it is not yet clear if the elevator will be declared a  complete loss. It is, however closed down until further notice.

(For information about operations in Argentina, contact the GAC Americas  Hub Agency Centre at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: Agencia Maritima Internacionale – GAC agent

DATE: April 10, 2013  COUNTRY: Argentina  PORT: all ports  Port tariffs increase  

Due to increases in local maintenance costs, labour salary demands and  annual inflation of about 25%, the tariffs at all Argentinean ports have  increased, or are set to increase, by 15-25%.

These tariffs include fees for pilots, tugs, mooring, tolls, watchmen,  tally clerks and others. For details at specific ports, check in advance.

(For information about operations in Argentina contact the GAC Americas Hub  Agency Centre at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: Agencia Maritima Internacionale – GAC agent

DATE: April 10, 2013  Bunker Update:  MARKET PRICE UPDATE 10/04/13  

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert   MARKET PRICE UPDATE 10/04/13

180 CST   380 CST   MGO     MDO

  •  Aberdeen                                         0         0         916.00     0
  •  Aden                                             740.00    0  1, 095.00  0
  •  Alexandria                                       0         0  1, 200.00  0
  •  Amsterdam                                        614.00    590.00    865.00     0
  •  Antwerp                                          627.00    597.00    874.00     0
  •  Aqaba                                            0         0  1, 104.00  0
  •  Bahrain                                          0         0  1, 035.00  0
  •  Bergen                                           680.00    655.00    923.00     0
  •  Busan                                            676.00    653.00    930.00     920.00
  •  Cape Town                                        713.00    0  1, 136.00  0
  •  Colombo                                          730.00    715.00  1, 155.00  0
  •  Dubai                                            650.00    630.00    860.00     0
  •  Durban                                           660.00    0  1, 085.00  0
  •  Falmouth                                         0         645.00    955.00     0
  •  Fujairah                                         636.00    630.50  1, 003.00  0
  •  Gibraltar                                        667.50    635.50    930.50     0
  •  Hong Kong                                        646.00    640.25    917.50     0
  •  Houston                                          695.00    605.00    980.00     0
  •  Istanbul                                         645.50    620.50    950.50     0
  •  Jeddah                                           700.00    675.00  1, 080.00  0
  •  Kaohsiung                                        673.00    671.00    975.00     960.00
  •  Kuwait                                           635.50    630.00  1, 002.50  0
  •  Leith                                            0         0         949.00     0
  •  Lerwick                                          0         0         930.40     0
  •  Malta                                            675.50    649.50    901.50     0
  •  Mumbai                                           645.00    640.00  1, 022.50  0
  •  New York & New Jersey                            642.00    612.00    980.00     0
  •  Panama                                           690.00    618.00  1, 015.00  0
  •  Piraeus                                          673.50    643.50    908.50     0
  •  Port Louis                                       744.00    0  1, 077.00  0
  •  Port Said                                        720.00    710.00  1, 200.00  0
  •  Qatar                                            0         0         935.00     0
  •  Richards Bay                                     672.00    0  1, 100.00  0
  •  Rio de Janeiro                                   636.00    612.00    990.00     0
  •  Rotterdam                                        622.00    598.00    873.00     0
  •  Salalah                                          725.00    682.00  1, 110.00  0
  •  Shanghai                                         666.00    646.50  1, 065.00  0
  •  Sharjah                                          650.00    630.00    860.00     0
  •  Singapore                                        631.00    625.00    885.00     0
  •  St Petersburg                                    570.50    549.50    0     0
  •  Stavanger                                        0         0         917.00     0
  •  Suez                                             720.00    692.00  1, 075.00  0
  •  Walvis Bay                                       0         0  1, 080.00  0
  •  West Africa OFFSHORE – FROM ABIDJAN TO LUANDA  0         744.00    1, 095.00   0

Present in seven locations worldwide, GAC Bunker Fuels, part of the GAC  group, is a global broker and trader of marine fuels and lubricants.

The  prices listed are for indication purposes only, and local offices should be  approached directly for firm prices.

Contact Martyn McMahon on +971  566032534 or Martyn.mcmahon@gac.com quoting HPN for more information or  with your bunker enquiry.

 

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