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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United Kingdom, Portland – Commercial diving during bunkering
* United Kingdom, Fawley – Slop facilities unavailable
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine Site Investigation at Northern Fairway
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Dredging at Yau Ma Tei Seafront
* Singapore, Pasir Panjang – Underwater drilling & blasting works
* Singapore, Jurong Port – Dredging at Keppel Shipyard
* Singapore, Singapore – Access to Marina South Pier during Kusu Pilgrimage
Season
* Australia, Dampier – Revised depths at Rio Tinto Iron Ore berths/channels
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 30/09/2013

DATE: September 30, 2013
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
PORT: Portland
Commercial diving during bunkering

From September 2013 Portland Port has changed its policy to allow for
commercial dive operations to take place at the same time as bunker
operations.

The new policy means that operators pay only for the price of the bunkers,
with no additional fee* for port and harbour dues.

Services available include in-water surveys, propeller polishing and
underwater hull cleaning and repairs. The new policy will ensure that ship
owners, operators and managers are offered a cost and time effective
solution in scheduling  in-water maintenance at Portland.

(*Additional fees will apply for pilotage and towage, if applicable,
subject to vessel size)

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

DATE: September 30, 2013
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
PORT: Fawley
Slop facilities unavailable

Due to technical difficulties with the slop system at Fawley (FMT), until
further notice, slop facilities will not be available.

The receipt of tank washings or engine room sludge will not be possibloe at
the terminal.

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

DATE: September 30, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Marine Site Investigation at Northern Fairway

For approximately 5 weeks, marine site investigation works involving
sediment sampling will be carried out [at the Northern Fairway] within the
area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84
Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 19.188’N / 114 deg. 06.675’E
(B) 22 deg. 19.094’N / 114 deg. 06.732’E
(C) 22 deg. 18.777’N / 114 deg. 06.256’E
(D) 22 deg. 18.918’N / 114 deg. 06.169’E

The works will be carried out by a flat top barge. A tug and a motor boat
will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres will be established around the
barge. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid
to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barge.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried
out on Sundays and public holidays. With the exception of the northern part
of the works area within the waters of the Northern Fairway, vessels
employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of
work.

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
shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.111 of 2013

DATE: September 30, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Dredging at Yau Ma Tei Seafront

For approximately five weeks, dredging operations will be carried out [at
Yau Ma Tei Seafront] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the
following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent
shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 19.091’N / 114 deg. 09.296’E
(B) 22 deg. 19.091’N / 114 deg. 09.214’E
(C) 22 deg. 19.228’N / 114 deg. 09.214’E
(D) 22 deg. 19.228’N / 114 deg. 09.296’E

The works will be carried out by a grab dredger. One working boat, two tug
boats and three split-hopper barges will assist in the works. The number of
vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit
operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around the grab dredger will be
established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be
laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the grab dredger.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried
out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will
stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

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
shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong Marine Department Notice No.112 of 2013

DATE: September 30, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Pasir Panjang
Underwater drilling & blasting works

The working area for underwater drilling and blasting works at Pasir
Panjang Terminal, Phase 3 & 4, has been revised and the working period has
been extended.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No. 131 of 2013, drilling works will be conducted 24hrs daily –
including Sundays & Public Holidays – from 30 September to 18 October,
within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84
Datum):

BLASTING AREA SECTOR C2
1) 1 deg. 16.661’N / 103 deg. 46.580’E
2) 1 deg. 16.507’N / 103 deg. 46.489’E
3) 1 deg. 16.385’N / 103 deg. 46.692’E
4) 1 deg. 16.475’N / 103 deg. 46.745’E
5) 1 deg. 16.620’N / 103 deg. 46.649’E

Blasting work will be carried out 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.

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.

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) 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

DATE: September 30, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Jurong Port
Dredging at Keppel Shipyard

From 16 October 2013 to 15 April 2014, dredging work will be carried out at
Keppel Shipyard Benoi Road, off West Jurong Channel.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No.128 of 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):
A) 1 deg. 17.8800’N / 103 deg. 40.914’E
B) 1 deg. 17.8455’N / 103 deg. 40.929’E
C) 1 deg. 17.7965’N / 103 deg. 40.823’E
D) 1 deg. 17.8310’N / 103 deg. 40.807’E

Dredging works will be carried out by the grab dredgers. The grab dredgers
will be held by 4-point anchoring system and each anchor position will be
marked by a yellow buoy, Fl Y 3s.The dredgers, with hopper barges in
attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius
centred at the dredgers. Dredged materials will be transported to the
designated dumping ground by the hopper barges.

During the operation, the dredgers will be attended by tug boat. 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 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 21 (Jurong 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 30, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Access to Marina South Pier during Kusu Pilgrimage Season

Every year during the ninth lunar month, tens of thousands of devotees make
their way to Marina South Pier to take the ferries to Kusu Island for their
annual Kusu Pilgrimage. This year’s Kusu Pilgrimage period is from 05
October 2013 to 02 November 2013.

In view of the expected road traffic congestion and limited parking space
at Marina South Pier, the shipping community is encouraged to take the
public transport and not to drive to Marina South Pier. Please take note of
the following information:

There will be controlled entry to Marina South Pier Carpark from 6.00am to
5.00pm on weekends and public holidays during the Kusu Pilgrimage period
from 05 Oct 2013 to 02 Nov 2013. Only authorized vehicles with valid
parking labels will be allowed to enter and park at Marina South Pier.

During the controlled entry period, motorists could park at Marina Bay
Cruise Centre (MBCC) car park (please refer to the map in Appendix 1) and
make use of the free shuttle services plying between MBCC and Marina South
Pier.

A free shuttle service will run between the MBCC Car Park and Marina South
Pier from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm on weekends and public holidays during the
Kusu Pilgrimage period. The frequency of the shuttle service is
approximately every 15 minutes….

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No. 125
of 2013

DATE: September 30, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Dampier
Revised depths at Rio Tinto Iron Ore berths/channels

A recent hydrographic survey followed by a dive survey conducted at the Rio
Tinto Berths and Channels have indicated areas of reduced depths.

The table below indicates the current depths at all Rio Tinto Iron Ore and
Fuel Facilities. This marine notice supersedes all other marine notices
issued in the past by the DPA that refer to this topic.

Rio Tinto Berths and Channels:

Berth/ Channel: Parker Point 2
– Previous (old) declared depth: 18.7
– Current (new) declared depth: 18.7

Berth/Channel: Parker Point 3
-Previous (old) declared depth: 18.8
– Current (new) declared depth: 18.8

Berth/Channel: Parker Point 4
– Previous (old) declared depth: 19.5
– Current (new) declared depth: 19.5

Berth/Channel: Parker Point 5
– Previous (old) declared depth: 19.4
– Current (new) declared depth: 18.1

East Intercourse Island
– Previous (old) declared depth: 19.1
– Current (new) declared depth: 19.1

East Intercourse Island Lay By
– Previous (old) declared depth: 19.4
– Current (new) declared depth: 19.4

Dampier Fuel Wharf
– Previous (old) declared depth: 11.4
– Current (new) declared depth: 11.4

Parker Point Departure Channel
– Previous (old) declared depth: 15.3
– Current (new) declared depth: 15.0

East Intercourse Island Departure Channel
– Previous (old) declared depth: 15.5
– Current (new) declared depth: 15.5

Rio Tinto Deep Water Channel
– Previous (old) declared depth: 15.5
– Current (new) declared depth: 15.0

Parker Point Approach Channel
– Previous (old) declared depth: 7.8
– Current (new) declared depth: 8.0

Australian charts 57, 58, 59 and 60 will be updated by the Australian
Hydrographic Office in due course.

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

Source: Dampier Port Authority Marine Notice No.33/2013

DATE: September 30, 2013
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 30/09/2013
—————
GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 30/09/2013

180 CST   380 CST   MGO   M

  • Aberdeen                                         0         0         959.00   0
  • Aden                                             720.00    0 1, 095.00  0
  • Alexandria                                       725.00    700.00  1, 200.00  0
  • Amsterdam                                        613.00    590.00    906.00      0
  • Antwerp                                          620.00    590.00    917.00    0
  • Aqaba                                            0         696.00   1, 000.00  0
  • Bahrain                                          0         0     1, 049.00  0
  • Bergen                                           693.00    664.00    970.00     0
  • Busan                                            655.00    632.00    925.00   915.00
  • Cape Town                                        643.00    0         994.00   0
  • Colombo                                          655.00    675.00    1, 015.00  0
  • Dubai                                            620.00    610.00    865.00    0
  • Durban                                           624.00    0    1, 057.00  0
  • Falmouth                                         697.00    645.00    972.00     0
  • Fujairah                                         642.00    612.00     1, 000.00
  • Gibraltar                                        678.50    643.00    960.00    0
  • Hong Kong                                        632.00    630.00    918.00
  • Houston                                          671.00    600.00    985.00    0
  • Istanbul                                         658.00    626.00    982.00      0
  • Jeddah                                           690.00    670.00   1, 095.00  0
  • Kaohsiung                                        654.00    639.00   1, 020.00  1, 005.00
  • Kuwait                                           645.00    615.00   1, 050.00  0
  • Leith                                            0         0         999.00    0
  • Lerwick                                          0         0         965.00    0
  • Malta                                            710.00    682.00    945.00    0
  • Mumbai                                           648.00    643.00   1, 093.00  0
  • New York & New Jersey                            629.00    602.00    975.00    0
  • Panama                                           675.00    614.00   1, 025.00  0
  • Piraeus                                          692.00    663.00    950.00    0
  • Port Louis                                       722.00    0   1, 082.00  0
  • Port Said                                        725.00    697.00   1, 065.00  0
  • Qatar                                            0         0         985.00    0
  • Richards Bay                                     634.00    0   1, 067.00  0
  • Rio de Janeiro                                   641.00    617.00  1, 000.00  0
  • Rotterdam                                        621.00    598.00    914.00     0
  • Salalah                                          710.00    670.00   1, 140.00  0
  • Shanghai                                         665.00    648.00   1, 061.00  0
  • Sharjah                                          620.00    610.00    865.00    0
  • Singapore                                        610.00    603.00    907.00     0
  • St Petersburg                                    446.00    426.00    0     0
  • Stavanger                                        0         0         973.00    0
  • Suez                                             674.00    652.00   1, 055.00  0
  • Walvis Bay                                       700.00    0  1, 060.00  0
  • West Africa OFFSHORE – FROM ABIDJAN TO LUANDA  0         660.00    985.00   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
Asia Pacific:          bunker.sg@gac.com
Indian Subcontinent:   bunker.sl@gac.com

Contact Martyn McMahon on +971 566032534 or Martyn.mcmahon@gac.com quoting HPN for more information or with your bunker enquiry.

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