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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, Chesapeake & Delaware Canal – New air draft restrictions
* United Arab Emirates, Ras Al Khaimah – ISPS Code Declaration of Security
* India, Kandla – Deviations from approved stowage plan
* Singapore, Singapore – Construction works for MEGA Shipyard at Tuas View
* Australia, Port Kembla – Severe weather expected
* Turkey, all ports – Children’s Day public holiday
* Mexico, Coatzacoalcos – Tunnel installation works – fourth stage
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 18/04/13

 DATE: April 18, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Chesapeake & Delaware Canal
New air draft restrictions

Construction has been extended through November 30, 2013, at the Reedy Point and Summit Bridges over the C and D Canal. To facilitate
construction, equipment has been installed on the south side channel reducing the available vertical clearance by approximately four feet to 131
feet above MHW and the horizontal clearance is reduced to 225 feet.

The north side of the channel will remain open for vessel passage at normal operation elevation of 135 feet above MHW.

Construction at the Summit Bridge has an air-draft restriction over the entire channel of 133 feet above MHW and the vessel master shall confirm
their air draft requirements with the Army Corps dispatcher before transiting.

Mariners are advised to check for future notices on this project and use extreme caution when transiting the area.

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

DATE: April 18, 2013
COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates
PORT: Ras Al Khaimah
ISPS Code Declaration of Security

Saqr Port Authority has issued a reminder that a berthing request, accompanied by a Pre-Arrival Security Information form, should be forward
to the port facility prior to arrival in any Ras Al Khaimah port.

According to the Port Authority circular dated 18 April 2013, the Master of  a vessel must complete the Pre-Arrival form and declare its current
Security Level before arrival. If the Security Level is different from the port facility’s, the Master must complete a Declaration of Security (DoS)
on arrival.

The original DoS should be forwarded to the Port Facility Security Officer (PFSO) immediately upon berthing and prior to any operation or crew
exchange commencing. The Master of the vessel and the PFSO will agree the responsibilities for each activity of security.

If the vessel remains at a higher security state than the port facility whilst alongside, the vessel will be declared as a Temporary Restricted
Zone and additional security measures agreed and put in place.

For information about operations in Ras Al Khaimah, contact GAC Ras Al Khaimah at rasalkhaimah@gac.com

DATE: April 18, 2013
PORT: Kandla
Deviations from approved stowage plan

Following several instances of grain loading vessels at Kandla significantly deviating from the Mercantile and Marine Department (MMD)
approved cargo stowage plan, the port is taking measures to ensure that cargo loading is done only as approved.

Such deviations come to notice at the last moment when the MMD surveyor boards the vessel after completion of vessel loading. This has resulted in
reworking the entire grain loading stability calculations or restowing of the cargo to meet the stability requirements, thus delaying both the sailing of the ship and unnecessarily detaining MMD surveyors in the port sometime at very odd hours.

Any deviation in the cargo loading plan will be immediately communicated to MMD, Kandla along with the revised stability calculations.

Further, henceforth a scanned copy of the MMD approved cargo stowage plan must be submitted to the Port Operation Center by email prior to vessel berthing, clearly indicating the full and the slack cargo holds along with the cargo quantities failing which the vessels will not be berthed.

For information about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com

DATE: April 18, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Construction works for MEGA Shipyard at Tuas View Extension

From 18 April to 17 October, construction works will be carried out for the MEGA Shipyard at Tuas View Extension.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.52 of 2013, the works will be conducted from 0700 to 1900 hours
daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
A) 01° 15.23’N / 103° 36.72’E
B) 01° 15.23’N / 103° 36.34’E
C) 01° 14.48’N / 103° 36.34’E
D) 01° 14.48’N / 103° 36.76’E
E) 01° 15.18’N / 103° 36.76’E
F) 01° 15.18’N / 103° 36.72’E

Construction of the mega shipyard will entail the removal of existing rock revetment, placing of rock revetment, removal of cofferdam sheet pile and
installation of spun pile.

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

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 22 (Jurong Control);
(e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF 22 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: April 18, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Port Kembla
Severe weather expected

Port Kembla’s Harbour Master has advised that expected severe weather may cause delays to to shipping movements over the next 3-4 days.

Strong winds and heavy swells are forecast.

The port remains open and assessments will be conducted for shipping movements as required during the coming days.

However, the Harbour Master requires the anchorage to be cleared of shipping by 2200 hours this evening (18 April).

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

DATE: April 18, 2013
PORT: all ports
Children’s Day public holiday

Tuesday 23 April will be a public holiday, to mark Children’s Day, in Turkey. All official institutions and banks will be closed for the day.

Vessel owners and operators are therefore urged to make all arrangements for crew, spares, provisions, etc. in good time.

Fees for official services (pilotage, towage, mooring, customs) at Turkish ports will be increased by 50%.

GAC Turkey’s Operation Centre in Istanbul will be on duty during the holiday.

For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

DATE: April 18, 2013
PORT: Coatzacoalcos
Tunnel installation works – fourth stage

The fourth stage of works to install a tunnel under the Coatzacolacos River will be conducted from 00:01 hours tomorrow (19 April) until 24:00 hours on 22 April.

According to the authorities, the work will interfere with the navigation of vessels entering and/or sailing to either Pajaritos terminals
(Agronitrogenados, Innophos and Pemex) and to the Commercial Port terminals located on the left bank of the river (Celanese, Cemex, Vopak, Bredero Shaw, Pemex Gas, Multiver, Transferencias Graneleras del Istmo, Terminal Marítima de Altamira (PMI – Pet coke), Edf Man, etc.).

The works are part of a project to install a tunnel connecting the urban area of the City of Coatzacoalcos on the left bank to the Allende suburb on
the right bank. The tunnel is designed for cars, buses and, to certain degree, trucks in a bid to solve the traffic jams on Coatzacoalcos Bridge,
about 1.5 miles from the river mouth. The tunnel will cross the river about 1.1 miles of the river mouth and will be located in the entrance of
Pajaritos Channel and the Commercial Port on the left bank of the river.

The fourth stage starting tomorrow is the penultimate of five sections, during which the following restrictions will be in force:

1) During each stage, no traffic will be allowed during the four days, at both Pajaritos Terminal & Commercial Port Terminals.

2) When the port reopens after each stage, the port will be open 24 hours during the first day only.

3) For the following 8 days, port traffic will be restricted to daylight only (no night traffic allowed).

4) Vessels’ speed will be restricted to 6 knots while passing through the area.

The fifth and final stage is tentatively scheduled from 00:001 hours on 3 May until 24:00 hours on 6 May. This date is subject to confirmation.

For information about operations in Mexico contact GAC-Tomas Ruiz at gac-tomasruiz.mexico@gac.com

DATE: April 18, 2013
Bunker Update:
GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert

180 CST   380 CST   MGO   MDO
Aberdeen                                         0         0         888.00   0
Aden                                             740.00    0   1, 095.00  0
Alexandria                                   725.00    700.00 1, 200.00  0
Amsterdam                                 589.00    565.00    807.00   0
Antwerp                                       599.00    573.00    814.00   0
Aqaba                                               0         0  1, 035.00  0
Bahrain                                            0         0  1, 025.00  0
Bergen                                          656.00    634.00    874.00   0
Busan                                            665.00    635.00    880.00 870.00
Cape Town                                   698.00    0         965.00   0
Colombo                                       710.00    695.00 1, 095.00  0
Dubai                                            635.00    625.00    850.00   0
Durban                                         653.00    0 1, 055.00  0
Falmouth                                         0         620.00    935.00 0
Fujairah                                       621.50    610.00  1, 001.00  0
Gibraltar                                      648.50    620.50    884.50    0
Hong Kong                                  616.00    605.75    870.50   0
Houston                                       665.00    575.00    935.00   0
Istanbul                                       630.50    604.50    921.50  0
Jeddah                                         695.00    670.00 1, 075.00  0
Kaohsiung                                   662.00    660.00    939.00   924.00
Kuwait                                         621.00    609.50 1, 000.50  0
Leith                                                0         0         917.00   0
Lerwick                                           0         0         888.00  0
Malta                                            657.50    635.50    860.50  0
Mumbai                                       651.00    639.50  1, 006.50  0
New York & New Jersey           622.00    595.00    955.00   0
Panama                                        670.00    595.00    989.00   0
Piraeus                                         650.50    627.50    868.50   0
Port Louis                                    734.00    0   1, 043.00  0
Port Said                                      725.00    710.00  1, 175.00  0
Qatar                                                0             0         895.00   0
Richards Bay                              664.00       0     1, 068.00  0
Rio de Janeiro                            597.50    574.00    990.00   0
Rotterdam                                   597.00    573.00    815.00   0
Salalah                                          700.00    657.00  1, 100.00  0
Shanghai                                      649.50    627.50  1, 045.00  0
Sharjah                                         635.00    625.00    850.00   0
Singapore                                    615.00    607.00    850.00   0
St Petersburg                              570.50    551.50    0  0
Stavanger                                        0         0         868.00   0
Suez                                             720.00    692.00 1, 080.00  0
Walvis Bay                                  740.00    0   1, 054.00  0
West Africa OFFSHORE – FROM ABIDJAN TO LUANDA  0         748.00    1, 095.00   0
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