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GAClogo_cmykYour daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, all ports – No wake areas
* India, all ports – Dead body sighted off Southwest Indian Coast
* Singapore, Pulau Ayer Chawan – Works at Ayer Chawan Basin, Jurong Island
* Indonesia, all ports – Visa types for Indonesia
* Singapore, Singapore – Construction of solid handling pier and protectionbund
* Turkey, all ports – Public holiday in Turkey
* Mexico, Coatzacoalcos – Tunnel installation works – fifth stage
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 01/05/13

DATE: May 01, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: all ports
No wake areas

Due to various ongoing operations in the Vessels Traffic Service Areas, the following no wake requests are in effect:

– Heavy Lift ops @ MM 57 AHOP, LDB
– HPL Bridge construction at MM106
– Nustar Dock 2 for pile driving operations at MM160

HPL Bridge navigation issues:
Vessels with an air draft greater than 130ft minus the Carrollton gage are required to give a 2 hour notice of transit to the VTS while the platforms are in use so KMTC can move them towards pier 2 to create a minimum channel width of 500 ft.

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

Source: Louisiana Maritime Association

DATE: May 01, 2013
COUNTRY: India
PORT: all ports
Dead body sighted off Southwest Indian Coast

A dead body has been sighted floating face up in position 08-33.75’N /076-03.95’E (off southwest Indian coat).

Body was wearing white tshirt, black shorts, and no shoes.

Vessel sighting body was a loaded VLCC. Recovery was not attempted as there were no facilities for handling onboard, and in high risk area.

Vessel was unable to contact India Coastguard on VHF or fishing boats in range.

All vessels are thereby advised to proceed with caution.

For more information about operations in India, contact GAC India at india@gac.com
Source: MARLO Bahrain

DATE: May 01, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Pulau Ayer Chawan
Works at Ayer Chawan Basin, Jurong Island

With effect from 14 May 13 to 13 Nov 13, construction of solid handling pier and protection bund will be carried out at Ayer Chawan Basin, Jurong Island.

The working area is bounded by the following coordinates:

A 01° 17.074’ / 103° 42.002’
B 01° 17.137’ / 103° 41.961’
C 01° 17.105’ / 103° 41.931’
D 01° 17.148’ / 103° 41.885’ (PAC Toa 1/ Yellow Buoy/ FL Y 2s)
E 01° 17.272’ / 103° 41.999’ (PAC Toa 2/ Yellow Buoy/ FL Y 4s)
E1 01° 17.186’ / 103° 42.031’ (PAC Toa 2A/ Yellow Buoy/ FL Y 8s)
F 01° 17.117’ / 103° 42.071’
F1 01° 17.112’ / 103° 42.064’ (PAC Toa 3/ Yellow Bouy /FL Y 6s)
G 01° 17.100’ / 103° 42.044’
H 01° 17.074’ / 103° 42.060’
I 01° 17.250’ / 103° 42.069’
J 01° 17.209’ / 103° 42.088’

The works will be conducted 24 hours daily including Sundays and Public Holidays.

The craft for deployment in the working area will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

Construction of the jetty will entail piling, concrete works, installation of walkways, marine fendering system and mooring facilities. Piling and concrete works will be carried out by work barges. Construction of the
protection sand bund wall will also be carried out within the working area. Safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft of the project work.

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

For more information on operations in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com
Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

DATE: May 01, 2013
COUNTRY: Indonesia
PORT: all ports
Visa types for Indonesia

According to the Immigration Head Office Jakarta Indonesia, the following are the type of visas required for Indonesia.

1. Transit Visa: Index 111
This visa is valid for a maximum period of 14 days. Transit Visa is applied for all aspects of transit solely for the purpose of continuous air and sea passage. This visa can be applied at the nearest Indonesian Embassy. Any foreign crew joining vessel in Indonesia must hold Indonesia transit visa index 111. Validity of passport minimum 6 months.

2. Visit Visa: Index 211 – Singe Entry
This visa is available for a single visit only and valid for a maximum period of 60 days. This visa can be applied at the nearest Indonesian Embassy. Validity of passport minimum 6 months.

3. Visit Visa: Index 212 – Multiple Entry
This visa is available for visitors who require several visits to Indonesia, and valid for a maximum period of 1 year with no more than 60 days per every visit. This visa can be applied at the nearest Indonesian VEmbassy. Validity of passport minimum 18 months. Should have visited Indonesia minimum 2 times, using single entry visa. Please see Note No. 1.

4. Visit Visa: Index 213 – Visa on Arrival (VOA)
This visa is available for visitors of certain countries upon arrival in the designated Indonesian seaports or airports.   This Visa is valid for a maximum period of 60 days. USD 25 per passport except for Asean group
countries – Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam. Please see Note No. 1.

Note No. 1
Visit Visa: Index 212 – Multiple Entry, Visit Visa: Index 213 – Visa on Arrival (VOA) are applied for all non-working purposes which include government, tourism, socio-cultural, and business meeting.

5. Temporary Stay Visa: Index 311 – 319
This visa is available for working and other non-working purposes.

For more information about operations in Indonesia, contact PT Andhika GAC at shipping.indonesia@gac.com
Source: Immigration Head Office Jakarta Indonesia

DATE: May 01, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Construction of solid handling pier and protection bund

The working period has been extended for the construction of a solid handling pier and protection bund at Ayer Chawan Basin, Jurong Island. The works will now be conducted from 14 May to 14 November.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.59 of 2013, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within a working area bounded by the
following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
A)  01° 17.074’N / 103° 42.002’E
B)  01° 17.137’N / 103° 41.961’E
C)  01° 17.105’N / 103° 41.931’E
D)  01° 17.148’N / 103° 41.885’E
(PAC Toa 1/ Yellow Buoy/ FL Y 2s)
E)  01° 17.272’N / 103° 41.999’E
(PAC Toa 2/ Yellow Buoy/ FL Y 4s)
E1) 01° 17.186’N / 103° 42.031’E
(PAC Toa 2A/ Yellow Buoy/ FL Y 8s)
F)  01° 17.117’N / 103° 42.071’E
F1) 01° 17.112’N / 103° 42.064’E
(PAC Toa 3/ Yellow Bouy /FL Y 6s)
G)  01° 17.100’N / 103° 42.044’E
H)  01° 17.074’N / 103° 42.060’E
I)  01° 17.250’N / 103° 42.069’E
J)  01° 17.209’N / 103° 42.088’E

Construction of the jetty will entail piling, concrete works, installation of walkways, marine fendering system and mooring facilities. Piling and concrete works will be carried out by work barges.

Construction of the protection sand bund wall will also be carried out within the working area.

Safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft of the project work.

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 & navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control);
and
(e) 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)

DATE: May 01, 2013
COUNTRY: Turkey
PORT: all ports
Public holiday in Turkey

Due to the “International Workers Day” in Turkey on 01 May 2013, allofficial institutions and banks will be  closed for the day.

Please make all of your crew, spare, provision, etc arrangements and forward them so that GAC Turkey can clear and deliver them to your vessels timely

Some ports may be closed and official services will be increased by 50% (pilotage, towage, mooring, customs), therefore please check with GAC Turkey prior calling any Turkish Port. GAC Istanbul will be on duty during
the holiday.

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

DATE: May 01, 2013
COUNTRY: Mexico
PORT: Coatzacoalcos
Tunnel installation works – fifth stage

The fifth and final stage of works to install a tunnel under the Coatzacolacos River will be conducted from 00:01 hours on 3 May until 24:00 hours on 6 May.

According to the authorities, the work will interfere with the navigation of vessels entering and/or sailing to other 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.

During the working period, the following restrictions will be in force:

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

2) When the port reopens, it will be for 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.

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

DATE: May 01, 2013
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 01/05/13
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GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 01/05/13
180 CST   380 CST   MGO  MDO
Aberdeen                                         0         0         902.00  0

Aden                                             730.00    0 1, 090.00  0
Alexandria                                       0         695.00 1, 200.00  0
Amsterdam                                        600.00    575.00    822.00  0
Antwerp                                          608.00    582.00    824.00   0
Aqaba                                            0         728.00 1, 030.00  0
Bahrain                                          0         0 1, 004.00  0
Bergen                                           666.00    643.00 1, 005.00  0
Busan                                            672.00    643.00    900.00   890.00
Cape Town                                        0         0         972.00   0
Colombo                                          695.00    685.00 1, 080.00  0
Dubai                                            630.00    614.00    820.00    0
Durban                                           668.00    0 1, 093.00  0
Falmouth                                         0         605.00    970.00   0
Fujairah                                         698.00    624.50 1, 015.00  0
Gibraltar                                        662.50    629.50    907.50   0
Hong Kong                                        638.50    625.25    908.50   0
Houston                                          666.00    579.00    950.00   0
Istanbul                                         643.50    618.50    921.50  0
Jeddah                                           695.00    675.00 1, 080.00  0
Kaohsiung                                        658.00    654.00    934.00  919.00
Kuwait                                           632.50    624.00 1, 014.00  0
Leith                                            0         0         943.00    0
Lerwick                                          0         0         899.00   0
Malta                                            675.50    652.50    885.50  0
Mumbai                                           643.00    634.50 1, 026.50  0
New York & New Jersey                            610.00    579.00    950.00   0
Panama                                           675.00    605.00    995.00   0
Piraeus                                          666.50    642.50    889.00   0
Port Louis                                       742.00    0 1, 063.00  0
Port Said                                        710.00    690.00 1, 200.00  0
Qatar                                            0         0         910.00   0
Richards Bay                                     680.00    0 1, 102.00  0
Rio de Janeiro                                   632.50    609.00    990.00    0
Rotterdam                                        608.00    583.00    830.00   0
Salalah                                          710.00    665.00 1, 105.00  0
Shanghai                                         0.50      0         0  0
Sharjah                                          630.00    614.00    820.00  0
Singapore                                        629.00    620.00    855.00   0
St Petersburg                                    581.50    558.50    0  0
Stavanger                                        0         0         900.00  0
Suez                                             700.00    680.00   1, 090.00  0
Walvis Bay                                       740.00    0   1, 040.00  0
West Africa OFFSHORE – FROM ABIDJAN TO LUANDA  0         690.00    1, 088.00   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.

Middle East & Africa: bunker.ae@gac.com
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Americas; bunker.us@gac.com
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Contact Martyn McMahon on +971
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with your bunker enquiry.

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