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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United Kingdom, Immingham – IGJ berth outage postponed
* United States, Boston, Massachusetts – Decrease of MARSEC Level
* India, all ports – Introduction of VTS fee
* Singapore, Singapore – Shoreline restoration work at Jalan Mempuring
* Singapore, Singapore – Repairs and restoration work
* Australia, Port Kembla – Severe weather prompts port closure
* Mexico, Coatzacoalcos – Delayed fourth stage of tunnel installation works
 
DATE: April 19, 2013
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
PORT: Immingham
IGJ berth outage postponed

Due to engineering complications and high gusting winds, the Immingham Gas Jetty (IGJ) outage scheduled for today and tomorrow has been postponed until Saturday and Sunday.

It will not be possible to handle any white oil, but LPG ships can use the berth up until 0800 on Saturday.

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

DATE: April 19, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Boston, Massachusetts
Decrease of MARSEC Level

As of 2200 on April 18, 2013 the Captain of the Port Boston decreased the MARSEC Threat Level to MARSEC Level 1 with the issuance of Captain of the Port Boston Bulletin 11-13, available on our Homeport website at
http://homeport.uscg.mil/Boston.

The Coast Guard will continue an increased maritime presence in conjunction with other law enforcement agencies to ensure the security of ports, waterways and facilities.

We ask the maritime industry, boaters, and the general public to maintain a high state of alert and vigilance and to contact the Sector Command Center at (617) 223-5757 or VHF channel 16 with any security concerns within the
port. Additionally, please check our Homeport website often for updates to the public from the U.S. Coast Guard.

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Boston, notice dated 18 April 2013

 DATE: April 19, 2013
COUNTRY: India
PORT: all ports
Introduction of VTS fee

Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) fees are now being levied for the Vessel Traffic & Port Management System (VTPMS) to control and monitor shipping traffic in the entire area of the Gulf of Kutchh.

According to the Gujarat Maritime Board circular dated 12 April 2013, the levy has been approved and is being levied from the date of the circular for the system covering the entire area from 068 deg. 16′ to 070 deg. 30′
on the eastern longitude and 22 deg. 14.5′ to 23 deg. 34.0′ on the northern latitude.

The VTPMS shall monitor all types of movements of vessels including cargo vessels carrying hazardous and non-hazardous cargo, visiting all ports in the entire area of the Gulf of Kutchh.

For further details of the new VTS fee and information about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com

DATE: April 19, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Shoreline restoration work at Jalan Mempuring

From 30 April to 30 July, restoration work will be carried out along the shoreline at Jalan Mempuring, off Sembawang Wharves.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.49 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):
M1) 01 deg. 27.595’N / 103 deg. 50.616’E
M2) 01 deg. 27.614’N / 103 deg. 50.634’E
M3) 01 deg. 27.562’N / 103 deg. 50.694’E
M4) 01 deg. 27.543’N / 103 deg. 50.678’E

The restoration works will entail topping up of sand/stone in the revetment and construction activities.

The works will be carried out by excavators from the landward side and the materials for the restoration works will be provided by the work barges.

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

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working areas, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear and not to enter the working areas;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 21 (Sembawang Control);
and
e) Communicate with Sembawang Control on VHF Channel 21 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: April 19, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Repairs and restoration work

From 20 April to 19 October, repairs and restoration work will be carried out at the existing rock bund at Sentosa Cove.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.51 of 2013, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays –  within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1)  01 deg. 14.428’N / 103 deg. 49.823’E
2)  01 deg. 14.393’N / 103 deg. 49.753’E
3)  01 deg. 14.348’N / 103 deg. 49.807’E
4)  01 deg. 14.234’N / 103 deg. 49.975’E
5)  01 deg. 14.291’N / 103 deg. 50.088’E
6)  01 deg. 14.316’N / 103 deg. 50.150’E
7)  01 deg. 14.286’N / 103 deg. 50.216’E
8)  01 deg. 14.358’N / 103 deg. 50.338’E
9)  01 deg. 14.503’N / 103 deg. 50.452’E
10) 01 deg. 14.530’N / 103 deg. 50.494’E
11) 01 deg. 14.605’N / 103 deg. 50.607’E
12) 01 deg. 14.777’N / 103 deg. 50.740’E
13) 01 deg. 14.965’N / 103 deg. 50.868’E
14) 01 deg. 15.153’N / 103 deg. 50.923’E
15) 01 deg. 15.228’N / 103 deg. 50.770’E
16) 01 deg. 15.169’N / 103 deg. 50.555’E
17) 01 deg. 15.141’N / 103 deg. 50.546’E

The repair and restoration works will entail sorting, leveling and pitching of existing rock bund. The works will be carried out by excavators and the materials for the restoration works will be provided by the work barges.

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

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) 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 (West Control);and
e) communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: April 19, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Port Kembla
Severe weather prompts port closure

Port Kembla’s Harbour Master has advised that the port is closed due to severe weather. The situation will be re-assessed at 0900 hours  tomorrow (Saturday 20 April).

It is anticipated that the port may be closed until 21 April. The Harbour Master will review the weather and sea conditions at regular intervals.

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

DATE: April 19, 2013
COUNTRY: Mexico
PORT: Coatzacoalcos
Delayed fourth stage of tunnel installation works

Due to forecast bad weather, the fourth stage of works to install a tunnel under the Coatzacoalcos River will be carried out from 00:01 hours on 21 April to 24:00 hours on 24 April.

The Mexican Government is installing the tunnel to connect the urban area of the City of Coatzacoalcos on the left bank of the river to the Allende suburb on the right bank. The tunnel is designed to ease traffic jams on the
Coatzacoalcos Bridge, about 1.5 miles of the river mouth.

The tunnel will cross the river about 1.1 miles of the river mouth, located right in the entrance of Pajaritos Channel and the Commercial Port on the left bank of the river.

The works will interfere with the navigation of vessels entering/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 following restrictions will be in force:

– During each stage no traffic will be allowed during 4 days at both Pajaritos Terminal & Commercial Port Terminals.

– Once the port has reopened after the 4 day closure, the port will reopen for 24 hours only during the first day.

– The following 8 days port traffic will be restricted on daylight only (no night traffic allowed).

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

The fifth stage is tentatively scheduled for 00:01 hours on 3 May to 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

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