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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Singapore, Sembawang – Dredging works off Sembawang wharves
* Panama, Panama Canal – Pre-Arrival Information

DATE: September 17, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Sembawang
Dredging works off Sembawang wharves

From 20 September 2013 to 22 March 2014, dredging will be carried out off
Sembawang wharves and their vicinity.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No. 120 of 2013 dated 17 September 2013, the works will be conducted
24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working
area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 1° 27.851’N / 103° 50.116’E
2) 1° 27.887’N / 103° 50.055’E
3) 1° 27.901’N / 103° 50.063’E
4) 1° 27.912’N / 103° 50.044’E
5) 1° 28.095’N / 103° 50.148’E
6) 1° 28.160’N / 103° 50.185’E
7) 1° 28.015’N / 103° 50.440’E
8) 1° 27.846’N / 103° 50.184’E

Dredging works will be carried out by grab dredger held in position by 3
spuds as anchors. The dredger, with hopper barges in attendance, will have
a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centred at the dredger.
Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by
the hopper barges assisted by pusher tugs.

During the operation, the dredger will be attended by tug boats. The tug
boats will be used to shift the dredger.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn
other craft of the project.

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 and navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 21(Sembawang Control);
(e) communicate with Sembawang Control on VHF Channel 21 for assistance, if

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at

DATE: September 17, 2013
PORT: Panama Canal
Pre-Arrival Information

The Panama Canal Authority would like to remind its customers of the
requirement to submit the ‘Ship Due Information’ through the Electronic
Data Collection System (EDCS) at least 96 hours prior to the vessel’s
arrival at Canal waters.

The timely submission of this information is crucial to the implementation
of the pre-arrival inspection process. Failure to provide accurate, timely
and complete information may classify the vessel as “not ready”, and may
delay the vessel’s transit and/or harbor movement until the information is
received and the “not ready” status is lifted.

Additionally, all vessels over 150 feet LOA shall continue submitting Form
1743, “Pre arrival Vessel Information”, including the vessel’s visibility
condition for transit or harbor, at least 48 hours prior to the vessel’s
arrival in order to avoid the assessment of additional fees due to late

As stated in Advisory to Shipping A-17-2012, the visibility condition from
conning positions 1, 2, and 3 reported in this document shall be expressed
in ship lengths calculated for tropical salt water. This form has been
modified to include information required for the pre-inspection process.

Revisions to previously submitted ship due information through EDCS are
permitted at least 36 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival. A notification
must be sent to Arqueadores@pancanal.com.
Revisions submitted less than 36 hours prior to arrival may result in the
assignment of resources based on previous information and the assessment of
additional charges, if applicable.

Technical assistance for EDCS is available at (507) 272-2222.

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford &
McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No. A-25-2013

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