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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Canal locks staff strike (update 8 Aug)
* Singapore, Singapore – Sensor deployment & testing at anchorage
* Brazil, Sao Francisco do Sul – Weekend and holiday cargo hold inspections to end


DATE: August 08, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Canal locks staff strike (update 8 Aug)

Kiel Canal authorities have advised that Brunsbuttel locks will be back in service as follows:
– from 2200 hours today (8 August) until 1400 hours on 9 August
– from 0600 to 1400 hours on 10 August
– from 1400 to 2200 hours on 11 August

Service will be provided byprivate companies and officials.

The situation for next week is not yet known.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC network agent

DATE: August 08, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Sensor deployment & testing at anchorage

Sensor deployment and testing will be carried out at Selay Pauh Anchorage from 12 August to 8 November 2013.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.106 of 2013, the works will be carried out between 0700 and 1800 hours daily (excluding Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays) within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01° 12.974’N / 103° 44.342’E
2) 01° 12.974’N / 103° 44.612’E
3) 01° 12.920’N / 103° 44.612’E
4) 01° 12.920’N / 103° 44.342’E

The daily tests will consist of deployment of buoys, sensors, object drop testing and recovery of drop objects.

A 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 68 (West Control);
(e) Communicate with West Control on VHF 68 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: August 08, 2013
PORT: Sao Francisco do Sul
Weekend and holiday cargo hold inspections to end

The Ministry of Agriculture at Sao Francisco do Sul Port in southern Brazil has announced that from 12 August 2013 there will be no cargo hold inspections during the weekends and on holidays, due to a reduction of surveyors staff was reduced and retiring staff not being retired.

Vessels may therefore experience delays when concluding loading operations during the weekend, and may have to stay at berth until the first commercial hour on Monday or the day after the holiday.

Port users, Shipping Agencies Association and exporters’ representatives are lobbying to revert this decision as it is contrary to the ’24 Hours Port Services Plan’ announced by the Federal Government.

For information about operations in Brazil contact GAC Brazil at brazil@gac.com

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