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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Kiel Canal strike update (16 August)
* United States, all ports – Hurricane Condition Report from Gulf of Mexico
* Singapore, Pasir Panjang – Underwater drilling and blasting works at
Pasir Panjang Terminal, Phase 3 & 4-Update
* Singapore, Jurong Port – Soil investigation works at Seraya Power Station
Jetty, Jurong Island

DATE: August 16, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Kiel Canal strike update (16 August)

The Kiel-Canal authorities have announced that locks will be operated as
follows:
Kiel Holtenau: from 15 August 1400 hours (local time) until 17 August
(Saturday) 0600 hours – one big lock available in service
Brunsbuttel: from 15 August 1400 hours (local time) until 2200 hours –
nightshift no work
Brunsbuttel: from 16 August 1400 hours (local time) until 2200 hours –
nightshift no work

Also, at Brunsbuttel, one big lock is in service, so waiting time may
arise.

On 17 August (Saturday), with the start of morning shift at 0600 hours,
everything should be back to normal, but only one big lock will be
available on each side, due to repair work.

Further updates will be given once information is available.

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

Source: Kiel-Canal authorities

DATE: August 16, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: all ports
Hurricane Condition Report from Gulf of Mexico

It has been informed by the Louisiana Maritime Association that Disturbance
33 has become less organized during overnight hour. All of the showers and
storms that were present yesterday dissipated.

The disturbance is located near the eastern Yucatan Peninsula and is moving
to the northwest near 13 mph. A turn to the north is expected during the
next 24 hours. As forecasted, the main part of the disturbance will move
toward the northern Gulf Coast by Saturday or Sunday, bringing heavy
rainfall to the southeast United States, and could remain to the south in
the Bay of Campeche.

For information about operations in the Americas contact GAC USA at
usa@gac.com

Source: Louisiana Maritime Association

DATE: August 16, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Pasir Panjang
Underwater drilling and blasting works at Pasir Panjang Terminal, Phase 3 & 4-Update

The working area has been revised and the working period extended for
underwater drilling and blasting works Pasir Panjang Terminal, Phase 3 & 4.
The work will now be conducted from 20 August to 28 August 13.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine
Notice No.110 of 2013, the works will be carried out in the vicinity of
Pasir Panjang  Terminal within the working area bounded by the following
co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

Blasting Area Sector G2
1)1°16.436’N / 103°46.601’E
2)1°16.336’N / 103°46.768’E
3)1°16.169’N / 103°46.669’E
4)1°16.270’N / 103°46.502’E

Drilling will be carried out 24hrs daily, including Sundays.

Blasting will be carried daily in accordance to the following schedule
except on Sundays:
1)0800hrs – 0900hrs
2)1200hrs – 1400hrs
3)1630hrs – 1830hrs

Prior to the commencement of drilling and blasting works in Sector G2
blasting Area, only vessel of not more than 230m LOA is allowed to berth at
P24-P25.

Underwater drilling and blasting works will be carried out by work barge,
Orion 84, held in position by 4-point anchor winch/wire spread. Orion 84
will have a circular safety working zone in accordance to the Explosive
Safety Regulations centered at the barge.

During the operation, Orion 84 shall be attended to by anchor / tug boats.

Storage of explosives will be on board a licensed Explosive Lighter Barge
guarded by Armed Protection Officers (APOs) at all times.

These craft will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and
night signals.

Safety boats will be in attendance at all times to warn and re-direct craft
in the vicinity to keep clear of the on-going underwater drilling and
blasting work area.

The following Blast Warning Procedure will be adopted for each underwater
blasting operation:
a) All personnel will be evacuated from the danger zone prior to blasting
operations;
b) APOs in Safety Boats will cordon off the blasting area 30mins prior to
commencement of blasting operations;
c) Two (2) prolonged horn blasts will be sounded 15mins prior to
commencement of blasting operations;
d) Red Flag will be hoisted to warn mariners 5mins prior to commencement of
blasting operations;
e) Three (3) short horn blasts will be sounded 5mins prior to commencement
of blasting operations;
f) Four (4) short horn blasts will be sounded immediately prior to blasting
operations – blast is initiated on fourth (4th) horn blast;
g) One (1) prolonged horn blasts will be sounded after the completion of
blasting operations; and
h) Red Flag will be lowered to signal the completion of blasting
operations.

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 and navigate with caution;
d) comply with the instructions from Pasir Panjang Control and the APO
craft at the scene;
e) cease all underwater diving activities within a radius of 144 meters
from the perimeter of the working area during the periods of blasting;
f) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 25; and
g) communicate with Pasir Panjang Control on VHF Channel 25 for assistance,
if required.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore

DATE: August 16, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Jurong Port
Soil investigation works at Seraya Power Station Jetty, Jurong Island

Soil investigation at Seraya Power Station Jetty, Jurong Island, will be
carried out from 19 August to 15 September 2013.

According to the Maritime Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice
No. 109 of 2013, the work will be conducted 24 hours daily – including
Sundays and Public Holidays – within a working area bounded by the
following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 1°17.181’N / 103°43.742′ E
2) 1°17.030’N /  103°43.865’E
3) 1°17.018′ N / 103°43.908’E

Soil investigation works will be carried out by means of borehole drilling
using jack-up barge. The jack-up barge, with tug boats in attendance, will
have a circular safety working zone of 50 meters radius centered at the
barge.

Tugboats will be used for shifting the barges from one borehole location to
another.

These craft will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and
night signals.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area 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 safety zone of the barge;
b) maintain a proper lookout;
c) proceed at a safe speed and 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 about operations in Singapore, please contact GAC
Singapore at Singapore@gac.com

Source: Maritime Port Authority of Singapore

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