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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Worldwide – World Holidays: 19 May-1 June 2013
* Panama, Panama Canal – Locks outage for dredging

DATE: May 18, 2013
COUNTRY: Worldwide
World Holidays: 19 May-1 June 2013

Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the following:
Sun 19 May – Pentecost Sunday
Sun 19 May – Turkey Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day
Mon 20 May – Pentecost Monday
Mon 20 May – Whit Monday
Sat 25 May – Vesak Day
Sat 25 May – Africa Unity Day (Ghana)
Mon 27 May – UK May Bank Holiday
Mon 27 May – USA Memorial Day
Wed 29 May – Democracy Day (Nigeria)
Thu 30 May – Corpus Christi
Fri 31 May – Indian Arrival Day (Trinidad)
Sat 1 Jun – King’s Birthday (Malaysia)

For information about operations around the world contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found in the ‘Contacts’ section of www.gac.com

DATE: May 18, 2013
PORT: Panama Canal
Locks outage for dredging

Beginning Sunday June 2, 2013, at 0001 hours through Saturday June 8, 2013 at 2400 hours, maintenance dredging will be conducted at the sea entrance on the East side of Miraflores Lock between the centerwall and the East prism line. Therefore, the East Lane of Miraflores Locks will be closed for shipping during this period.

The dredging work is part of the maintenance necessary to complete the removal of debris, sediment and other material that has accumulated in this area.

As a result, and in accordance with the rules governing the Transit Reservation System. Condition 2 will be in effect on Sunday, June 2, 2013,  through Saturday, June 8, 2103.

Applications for reserved transits while Condition 2 is in effect will be beginning at 0900 hours on Thursday, May 30, 2013. In addition,  Just-In-Time (JIT) slots available for supers will be reduced during this period to one slot per direction. The JIT slots available for regular vessels transiting wihtout restrictions, as well as the booking slot available through the Auction Process, and the slots available for regular vessels less than 300 feet in LOA, will continue to be offered during this period.

This document is cancelled for record purpose on JUne 30, 2013.

(For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-12-2013 dated 16 May 2013

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