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Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Nigeria, Bonny Nigeria LNG Terminal – Terminal channel blocked
* Singapore, all ports – Cancellation of bunkering service providers’ licenses
* Indonesia, Balikpapan – Coal terminal resumes operations
* Australia, Port Kembla – Port closed due to adverse weather

DATE: June 25, 2013
COUNTRY: Nigeria
PORT: Bonny Nigeria LNG Terminal
Terminal channel blocked

The NLNG channel at Bonny LNG Terminal remains blocked for the fifth day
today (25 June) after the Nigeria Maritime Administration and Safety Agency
(NIMASA) imposed a blockade effectively halting the berthing, loading and
sailing of vessels.

The action was taken on Friday (21 June) by NIMASA, the Government body
responsible for collecting 3% freight charges of all imports and exports to
Nigeria, in an effort to collect a backlog of dues owed by NLNG.

It was the second time that such action was taken by NIMASA. The first was
in May this year.

For information about operations in Nigeria contact GAC Nigeria at
nigeria@gac.com

DATE: June 25, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: all ports
Cancellation of bunkering service providers’ licenses

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) has, with effect from 24
June 2013, cancelled the licences of two bunkering service providers for
contravening the terms and conditions of their bunkering licences.

Golden Lights HS Bunkering Pte Ltd’s Bunkering Licence (Bunker  Supplier)
was cancelled as they allowed another company to use their Bunker Delivery
Notes (BDNs) to supply bunkers to the customers of that other company in
breach of Clause 3 of the terms and conditions of the Bunkering Licence
(Bunker Supplier).

Shing Li Shipping Pte Ltd’s Bunkering Licence (Bunker Craft Operator) was
cancelled as they were found to have breached Clause 31 of the terms and
conditions of the Bunkering Licence (Bunker Craft Operator) for delivering
bunkers on behalf of an unlicensed company to customers of that company.

All licensed Bunker Suppliers are reminded that under Clause 3 of the terms
and conditions of the Bunkering Licence (Bunker Supplier), bunker
suppliers shall not transfer, assign, sublet, share, part with or otherwise
dispose of any of their rights, duties, liabilities, obligations and
privileges under the terms and conditions of the Licence. All licensed
Bunker Craft Operators are also reminded that under Clause 31 of the terms
and conditions of the Bunkering
Licence (Bunker Craft Operator), bunker craft operators shall not make use
of any bunker craft to deliver bunkers on behalf of any person, firm or
company or which is not a bunker supplier licensed by MPA.

MPA will not hesitate to suspend or cancel the bunkering licence of any
Bunker Supplier or Bunker Craft Operator that is found to have contravened
any of the terms and conditions of its Licences.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.07
of 2013 dated 24 June 2013

DATE: June 25, 2013
COUNTRY: Indonesia
PORT: Balikpapan
Coal terminal resumes operations

The loading of coal shipments has resumed at Balikpapan Coal Terminal, one
of Indonesia’s largest coal terminals in Indonesia.

This follows repairs at the terminal which were completed on 23 June.

For information about operations in Indonesia, contact PT Andhika GAC at
shipping.indonesia@gac.com

DATE: June 25, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Port Kembla
Port closed due to adverse weather

Port Kembla was closed due to adverse weather conditions just after 2100
hours local time yesterday (24 June), and remains closed due to prevailing
wind and sea conditions.

Present indications are that the port will reopen on Wednesday afternoon
(26 June).

No anchoring is allowed in the vicinity of the Illawarra Coast and all
shipping has been directed to remain more than 12NM off the coast until
further notice. This includes ships anchored along the northern part of the
Illawarra coastline that are nominated for entry to Sydney Ports (Botany).
VTIC has been broadcasting warnings on a 4 hourly basis on VHF to all
shipping in the area.

The latest weather forecast from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for the
Illawarra are may be seen at
http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/illawarracoast.shtml

Current marine warnings:
http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/marinewind.shtml

Current severe weather warning:
http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/warnings/severe.shtml

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

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