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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Shallow spot found
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Emergency Wreck Removal
* Australia, Newcastle – Port pricing schedule to increase
* Egypt, Suez – Vessels calling for bunker supply or awaiting instructions
* Panama, Panama Canal – Water conservation measures 
DATE: May 10, 2013 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Shallow spot found
A shallow spot was found to the west of SIU A CHAU. The details of the shallow spot are as follows:
Position: 22° 11.17’N / 113° 53.94’E* (approximate) Shallow Spot Found
Depth: Close to zero
Area: About 50m x 10m
Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep well clear of the above area.
(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)
Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.53 of 2013
DATE: May 10, 2013 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Emergency Wreck Removal 
For approximately 30 weather working days, emergency wreck removal works will be carried out within an area bounded by straight lines joining the following coordinates (WGS-84 datum):
(A) 22° 10.958’N / 114° 13.172’E
(B) 22° 10.975’N / 114° 13.662’E
(C) 22° 10.552’N / 114° 13.179’E
(D) 22° 10.550’N / 114° 13.649’E
The works will be carried out by a group of vessels comprising heavy-lift crane barges, salvage tugs, grab dredgers, hopper barges, flat-top barges and work boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements. Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the works.
The works will be carried out round the clock.
Vessels engaged in the works will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations. Where anchors are used to secure the heavy-lift barges, each will be marked by a yellow marker buoy fitted with a white flashing light.
Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep well clear at slow speed, bearing in mind divers may be working in the area.
(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)
Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.55 of 2013 dated 9 May 2013
DATE: May 10, 2013 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: Newcastle Port pricing schedule to increase
The Newcastle Port Corporation will increase their pricing schedule effective from 1 July 2013.
The 2.8 % increase is on: – Navigation Services – Pilotage – Site Occupation on Newcastle Port Corporation common user berths – Wharfage charges across Newcastle Port Corporation common user berths
The increase of 2.8% is in accordance with the Australian Bureau of Statistics Consumer Price Index (CPI) (Sydney) for the period from March 2012 to March 2013. For a copy, contact GAC Newcastle at shipping.newcastle@gac.com
For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com
DATE: May 10, 2013 COUNTRY: Egypt PORT: Suez Vessels calling for bunker supply or awaiting instructions
Vessels calling at Suez for owner’s matters only (such as crew change, bunker supply, awaiting instructions, etc.) and intending to drop anchor in the W area must obtain written approval at least 24 hours prior to arrival in Suez from the Red Sea Port Authority to be submitted to the Suez Canal Authority to enable such services to be rendered.
The requirement came into effect on 1 May 2013.
For information about operations in Egypt contact GAC Egypt at Egypt@gac.com
DATE: May 10, 2013 COUNTRY: Panama PORT: Panama Canal Water conservation measures
Due to an abnormally long dry season, the water levels in Gatun and Madden lakes are below normal and are being closely monitored.
While long-range weather forecasting is extremely difficult, an effort has been made to estimate the level conditions of the lakes for the next several weeks. Based on analysis of historical data, available weather information and the current lake levels, the Panama Canal does not at this time foresee the need for implementing draft restrictions in the near future, unless the current dry weather condition persists.
Nevertheless, in an attempt to mitigate the current problem and reduce the possibility of establishing draft restrictions, the following water conservation measures have been implemented: – Interruption of hydraulic assist at the locks for deep draft vessels; – Maximization of the use of cross-filling and spilling at the locks; – Maximization of the use of tandem lockages; and – Use of short-chamber lockages.
These water conservation measures are expected to have a minor impact on the Canal’s overall capacity and the level of service should not be adversely affected.
(For information about operations in Panama congtact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)
Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-11-2013 dated 8 May 2013

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