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

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United Kingdom, Tees – Production outage
* Ghana, all ports – Suspension of production in offshore oil field
* United States, Freeport, Texas – Revised deep draft vessel restrictions
* India, Haldia – Revised night berthing restriction at oil jetty
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Yacht Races between Hong Kong and Macau
* Chile, all ports – Customs strike

DATE: September 13, 2013
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
PORT: Tees
Production outage

ConocoPhillips have advised that an unplanned 7–10 day production outage at
Tees will commence this weekend (15 September).

For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

DATE: September 13, 2013
COUNTRY: Ghana
PORT: all ports
Suspension of production in offshore oil field

The Jubilee partners have announced a planned 21-day halt to oil production
in the Jubilee offshore field from Friday 20 September.

The suspension is to make way for routine maintenance of the Floating
Production, Storage and Offloading (FPSO) platform, the FPSO Kwame Nkrumah.

For information about operations in Ghana contact GAC Ghana at
ghana@gac.com

DATE: September 13, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Freeport, Texas
Revised deep draft vessel restrictions

The Intracoastal Waterway intersection of the Freeport ship channel is
experiencing fluid bottom sediment which requires us to implement the
following immediately:

To insure the navigational safety of vessels transiting the area, the
Brazos Pilots will require all vessel movements with a draft of 38 feet
fresh water or more to have an additional 5100 HP Moran class tug or
better. Additional requirements may include restricted movements during
maximum tidal conditions or any other condition that may adversely affect
the maneuverability of ships in the intersection.

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

Source: Letter from Brazos Pilots Association, Freeport, Texas, dated 12
September 2013

DATE: September 13, 2013
COUNTRY: India
PORT: Haldia
Revised night berthing restriction at oil jetty

Kolkata Port Trust has advised that inward vessels up to LOA 150 metres and
draft up to 6.5 metres are now acceptable at No.1 Haldia Oil Jetty at
night.

For information about operations in India contact GAC India at
india@gac.com

DATE: September 13, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Yacht Races between Hong Kong and Macau

Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau will take place on 20 September
2013 (Friday) and 22 September 2013 (Sunday). About 20 sailing boats are
expected to participate in the races.

The outbound trip from Hong Kong to Macau will start at 1000 hours on 20
September 2013 in an area south-east of Lamma Island (approximately one
nautical mile south of Wong Chuk Kok Light). Depending on the weather
condition, it will follow:
(a) Course 1 – a westerly route through south of Lamma Island, south of Tai
A Chau, thence to Macau if the wind is coming from the north;
OR
(b) Course 2 – a south-westerly route through the southern Boundary of the
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, thence to Macau if the wind is
coming from the south.

The return trip from Macau to Hong Kong will start at 1030 hours on 22
September 2013 and will follow:
(a) Course 1 – a route through south of Tai A Chau and to complete the race
at a position east of Cheung Chau if the wind is coming from the north;
OR
(b) Course 2 – a route through south of Shek Kwu Chau and to complete the
race at a position east of Cheung Chau if the wind is coming from the
south.

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the
vicinity of the race routes should proceed with caution, giving practical
consideration to the contestants.

Compliance with the provisions of the International Regulations for
Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 is mandatory.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at
shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.103 of 2013

DATE: September 13, 2013
COUNTRY: Chile
PORT: all ports
Customs strike

Chile’s National Association of Customs Officers, ANFACH, embarked on
indefinite strike yesterday (12 September) in support of demands for better
working conditions and investment in technology.

Customs duties are being conducted by a skeleton staff in almost all
Chilean ports.

This strike is not affecting oil terminals.

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

Source: Ultramar Agencia Maritima, Chile – GAC agent

* received late and refers to Friday 13th September 2013

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