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GAC-newYour daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, all ports – Possible strike
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Urgent repairs to lock chambers
* Togo, all ports – New anchorage procedures
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine site investigation for Tuen Mun–Chek Lap
Kok Link
* Puerto Rico, all ports – Tropical Storm Gabrielle bringing heavy rains
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 05/09/2013

DATE: September 05, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: all ports
Possible strike

The German workers’ union ver.di has called for a nationwide strike from 9
to 15 September.

It is not yet known to what impact this will have on Kiel Canal operations.

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

Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC network agent

DATE: September 05, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Urgent repairs to lock chambers

The Kiel Canal Authority has announced that due to urgently required
repairs, both the small old lock chambers at Brunsbuttel Locks have been
taken out of service.

It is hoped that the repairs to the small old north lock chamber will be
completed by tomorrow,  Friday 6 September. Work on the small old south lock
chamber is expected to be completed by Monday, 9 September.

Meanwhile, only the big north lock chamber is in operation.

Depending on traffic levels, delays may be possible.

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

Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC network agent

DATE: September 05, 2013
PORT: all ports
New anchorage procedures

The Togolese Government has adopted measures to enhance the safety and
security of vessels navigating in or through the country’s territorial

A vessel identification station called “TOGO NAVY” is established at Lome
military naval base. This station is responsible for identifying all
vessels navigating in or through Togolese territorial waters to ensure
optimal control over these waters. The details of the vessel identification
station are as follows:
VHF: Channel 16, Channel 10 “TOGO NAVY”
Tel: 00 228 22 23 70 83
Fax: 00 228 22 71 01 10
INMARSAT-C: 584 422 801 833
Mail: base.marine@yahoo.com

The Togo Navy has four patrol boats and an Air Force helicopter to patrol
maritime areas specifically in the safe anchorage. Two new Offshore Patrol
Boat are expected at the end of the first semester of 2014.

A berthing zone and waiting zone where 24-hour patrols by vessels belonging
to the National Navy have been established. The coordinates of the berthing
zone and waiting zone are as follows:

A) 06°05.000N / 001°13.000 E
B) 05°56.000N / 001°13.000 E
C) 06°01.000N / 001°12.000 E
D) 06°07.000N / 001°18.000 E

E) 06°08.000N / 001°25.000 E
F) 06°03.000N / 001°27.000 E
G) 06°04.000N / 001°30.000 E
H) 06°09.000N / 001°29.000 e

All vessels are must contact the “TOGO NAVY” identification station on VHF
channel 10 prior to entering the territorial waters. In cases where the
vessel has armed protection, this should be notified 48 hours in advance
and all arms and weaponry should be disarmed prior to entry into
territorial waters.

All vessels within Togolese territorial waters are bound to:
– ensure permanent radiotelephonic monitoring (VHF) on the international
call frequency (channel 16) and channel 10;
– inform the “TOGO NAVY” identification station, by all means at its
disposal, of any incident or accident which may compromise the safety of
persons, the vessel or its navigation, and more generally of any situation
likely to lead to pollution of the waters and coastline;
– ensure compliance with injunctions issued by the shipping and maritime
authorities and to respond to any request for information issued by the
Togolese authorities;

Vessels in Togolese territorial waters are obliged to comply with the
following provisions:
– ensure the AIS emitter is continuously activated;
– indicate the presence of any vessel navigating within a distance of less
than 222 metres;
– have a Shipping Agency;
– issue prior information to the Shipping Agency and the “TOGO NAVY”
identification station prior to any operations being undertaken
(transhipment or resupply) with other vessels;
– inform the “TOGO NAVY” identification station of departure from the
mooring point two hours prior to unberthing.

All vessels shall be under the obligation to preferably anchor in the
berthing zone or waiting zone where supervision and patrols are undertaken

All vessels, shipping companies, and shipping agents shall be entitled to
request special protection by the State Armed Services through its Shipping

All movements and manoeuvres of supply vessels towards moored vessels are
prohibited at night. Each supply vessel shall be under the obligation to
indicate its manoeuvres to the “TOGO NAVY” identification station.

(For information about operations in Togo contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency
Centre at hub.ae@gac.com)

Source: OMA Togo – GAC network agent

DATE: September 05, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Marine site investigation for Tuen Mun–Chek Lap Kok Link

For approximately 4 months, marine site investigation works involving
drilling of boreholes for the Tuen Mun–Chek Lap Kok Link will be carried
out [to the East of the River Trade Terminal] within the area bounded by
straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (A) to
(G) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 21.969’N / 113 deg. 56.930’E
(B) 22 deg. 21.477’N / 113 deg. 57.240’E
(C) 22 deg. 21.445’N / 113 deg. 57.243’E
(D) 22 deg. 21.302’N / 113 deg. 57.196’E
(E) 22 deg. 21.309’N / 113 deg. 57.117’E
(F) 22 deg. 21.618’N / 113 deg. 56.904’E
(G) 22 deg. 21.632’N / 113 deg. 56.867’E

The works will be carried out by one flat top barge and two jack-up
platforms. Some tugs and work boats will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres will be established around the

Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark
the positions of the anchors extending from the barge.

A working area of approximately 25 metres will be established around each
jack-up platform. Yellow flashing lights will be installed at the four
corners of the each platform to indicate the position of the platform.

The hours of work will be round-the-clock.

Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in
international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.102 of 2013

DATE: September 05, 2013
COUNTRY: Puerto Rico
PORT: all ports
Tropical Storm Gabrielle bringing heavy rains

A tropical storm warning is in effect for Puerto Rico and the Dominican
Republic from Cabo Engano to Cabo Frances Viejo.

A tropical storm watch is in effect for Dominican Republic from Santo
Domingo to Cabo Engano.

Interests in the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos Islands
should monitor the progress of this system….

….At 800am AST (1200 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Gabrielle was
estimated near latitude 17.7 north, longitude 67.4 west….  ….Gabrielle
is moving toward the northwest near 8mph (13 km/h) and this general motion
is expected to continue today. A turn toward the north-northwest is
expected on Friday with a slight decrease in forward speed. On the forecast
track, the center should pass near or over the southwestern portion of
Puerto Rico this morning and across the Mona Passage later today.

Gabrielle should then move east of the Turks and the Caicos Islands on

Maximum sustained winds are near 40mph (65 km/h) with higher gusts, mainly
in squalls to the northeast of the center.  Gabrielle is currently poorly
organized and little change in strength is expected today. Some slight
strengthening is possible tonight and Friday.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the

…Gabrielle is expected to produce total rainfall amounts of 3-6 inches
over Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and eastern portions of the
Dominican Republic with isolated maximum amounts of up to 12 inches
possible in areas of mountainous terrain. These rains could cause dangerous
flash floods and mud slides over mountainous terrain.

Tropical storm conditions, mainly in a few squalls, could reach the coast
of Puerto Rico this morning and could reach the warning area in the
Dominican Republic later today. Tropical storm conditions are possible
within the watch area later today.

(For information about operations in the Americas contact the GAC Houston
Hub Agency Centre at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Tropical Storm Gabrielle
Intermediate Advisory No.3a issued at 800am AST on 5 September 2013

DATE: September 05, 2013
Bunker Update:
GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert

180 CST   380 CST   MGO MDO

  • Aberdeen                                         0         0         958.00  
  • Aden                                             720.00    0  1, 100.00  0
  • Alexandria                                       725.00    705.00 1, 200.00  0
  • Amsterdam                                        614.00    589.00    936.00   0
  • Antwerp                                          623.00    595.00    939.00  0
  • Aqaba                                            0         696.00    990.00   0
  • Bahrain                                          0         0   1, 049.00  0
  • Bergen                                           696.00    666.00    995.00   0
  • Busan                                            649.00    622.00    940.00  930.00
  • Cape Town                                        637.00    0   1, 009.00  0
  • Colombo                                          660.00    655.00   1, 010.00  0
  • Dubai                                            640.00    625.00    890.00  0
  • Durban                                           622.00    0   1, 065.00  0
  • Falmouth                                         697.00    645.00    972.00  0
  • Fujairah                                         650.00    612.00  1, 000.00  0
  • Gibraltar                                        685.50    653.50   1, 010.00  0
  • Hong Kong                                        628.50    622.50    947.50   0
  • Houston                                          696.00    625.00   1, 020.00  0
  • Istanbul                                         664.00    635.00  1, 027.50  0
  • Jeddah                                           685.00    665.00  1, 065.00  0
  • Kaohsiung                                        651.00    638.00  1, 030.00  1, 015.00
  • Kuwait                                           618.00    611.00    999.00  0
  • Leith                                            0         0   1, 040.00  0
  • Lerwick                                          0         0         983.00  0
  • Malta                                            718.50    695.50   1, 003.00  0
  • Mumbai                                           641.50    634.50  1, 121.00  0
  • New York & New Jersey                            647.00    625.00    960.00  0
  • Panama                                           705.00    645.00  1, 045.00  0
  • Piraeus                                          707.50    676.50    984.50  0
  • Port Louis                                       720.00    0   1, 050.00  0
  • Port Said                                        725.00    705.00  1, 070.00  0
  • Qatar                                            0         0         990.00  0
  • Richards Bay                                     635.00    0         0   0
  • Rio de Janeiro                                   657.00    633.00  1, 000.00  0
  • Rotterdam                                        622.00    597.00    944.00  0
  • Salalah                                          707.00    657.00  1, 170.00  0
  • Shanghai                                         663.50    632.50  1, 072.00  0
  • Sharjah                                          640.00    625.00    890.00  0
  • Singapore                                        614.00    606.00    925.00  0
  • St Petersburg                                    620.00    600.00    0   0
  • Stavanger                                        0         0  1, 000.00  0
  • Suez                                             675.00    655.00  1, 060.00  0
  • Walvis Bay                                       705.00    0   1, 015.00  0
  • West Africa OFFSHORE – FROM ABIDJAN TO LUANDA  0         696.00    1, 050.00   0

Present in seven locations worldwide, GAC Bunker Fuels, part of the GAC
group, is a global broker and trader of marine fuels and lubricants.

The  prices listed are for indication purposes only, and local offices should be
approached directly for firm prices.

Middle East & Africa:  bunker.ae@gac.com
Europe:                bunker.gb@gac.com
Egypt &  Mediterranean: bunker.eg@gac.com
Americas:  bunker.us@gac.com
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Indian Subcontinent:   bunker.sl@gac.com

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