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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Indonesia, all ports – Crew changes during APEC Summit
* Singapore, Singapore – Soil investigation off Pulau Sebarok
* Australia, Dampier – Reduction of channel depth
* Brazil, Sao Francisco do Sul – Explosion and fire at warehouse

DATE: September 25, 2013
COUNTRY: Indonesia
PORT: all ports
Crew changes during APEC Summit

During the APEC Summit to be held in Bali from 5 to 7 October, normal
operating hours at Denpasar International Airport will be restricted.
Vessels owners are recommended to avoid crew changes at Bali during the
same period.

On 7 October, delays are expected – the airport will issue a notice to all
relevant parties.

Instead of the usual 24/7 working hours, during the AREC Summit, Denpasar
Airport will be closed during the following times:
– 5 October: 10.00-16.00LT
– 6 October: 10.00-20.00LT
– 8 October: 10.00-20.00LT
– 9 October: 10.00-16.00LT

For information about operations in Indonesia contact PT Andhika GAC at
shipping.indonesia@gac.com

DATE: September 25, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Soil investigation off Pulau Sebarok

From 1 October 2013 to 31 January 2014, soil investigation works will be
carried out off Pulau Sebarok.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No.126 of 2013 dated 24 September 2013, the works will be conducted
24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – at the following
marine borehole co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
BH1) 1 deg. 12.534’N / 103 deg. 47.352’E
BH2) 1 deg. 12.534’N / 103 deg. 47.449’E
BH3) 1 deg. 12.553’N / 103 deg. 47.488’E
BH4) 1 deg. 12.593’N / 103 deg. 47.352’E
BH5) 1 deg. 12.593’N / 103 deg. 47.449’E
BH6) 1 deg. 12.653’N / 103 deg. 47.352’E
BH7) 1 deg. 12.666’N / 103 deg. 47.393’E
BH8) 1 deg. 12.653’N / 103 deg. 47.450’E

Soil investigation works will be carried out by means of borehole drilling
using work barge. Work barge will be working on only one borehole at any
one time.

The barge, with tug boats in attendance, will have a circular safety
working zone of 30 meters radius centered at the barge. Tugboats will be
used for shifting the barge from one borehole location to another.

A Safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working areas 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 areas, mariners are reminded to:
(a) keep well clear and not to enter the working areas;
(b) maintain a proper lookout;
(c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (West Control
Control);
and
(e) communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if
required.

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

DATE: September 25, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Dampier
Reduction of channel depth

A recent survey by Rio Tinto of the East Intercourse Island and Parker
Point departure channels, and the main channel out of our Dampier
terminals, reveal a reduction in depth.

Following consultation with the Dampier Port Authority, it has been decided
to declare the depth for the entire departure route at 15.0 metres.

The Dampier Port Authority will release a Marine Order detailing the change
in the near future, but maximum sailing drafts will be calculated on the
basis of the new depth of 15.0 metres immediately.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at
shipping.australia@gac.com

DATE: September 25, 2013
COUNTRY: Brazil
PORT: Sao Francisco do Sul
Explosion and fire at warehouse

According to media reports, there was an explosion and fire at a warehouse
holding potassium nitrate near the port of Sao Francisco do Sul (South
area) last night (24 September).

Firefighters are still trying to extinguish the fire. According to
information from the Brazilian Agency of Civil Defense, the road to the
port will remain blocked until fire is completely extinguished.

There is currently no information about any injuries or fatalities. The
cause of the explosion is under investigation.

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

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