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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Angola, Soyo – Harbour Radar temporarily unavailable
* United States, all ports – Tropical Storm Karen expected near Central
Gulf Coast tomorrow
* Indonesia, all ports – Security measures for APEC summit

DATE: October 04, 2013
PORT: Soyo
Harbour Radar temporarily unavailable

Until further notice Soyo Port Control Harbour Radar is offline and
unavailable due to maintenance issues; it is anticipated that this service
will not be available for several weeks.

Soyo Port Control continue to monitor commercial traffic on the approaches
to and within Port of Soyo using AIS Information and integrated Chart
Display but all Port Users should be aware of the limitations of such
equipment; particularly the number of small local craft that are not
required to carry such equipment.

Extract from SOLAS regulation is copied below;

“Regulation 19 of SOLAS Chapter V
The regulation requires AIS to be fitted aboard all ships of 300 GRT and
upwards engaged on international voyages, cargo ships of 500 GRT and
upwards not engaged on international voyages and all passenger ships
irrespective of size.”

All vessels when underway within Port of Soyo should navigate with extreme
caution, particularly during the hours of darkness.

A further notice will be distributed once the Harbour Radar is back in

(For information about operations in Angola contact GAC Angola at

Source: Soyo Maritime Authority Safety Notice No.23/2013  dated 3 October

DATE: October 04, 2013
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: all ports
Tropical Storm Karen expected near Central Gulf Coast tomorrow

The tropical storm warning has been extended westward from Grand Isle
Louisiana to Morgan City.

A hurricane watch is in effect for Grand Isle Louisiana to west of Destin
Florida. A tropical storm warning is in effect for Morgan City Louisiana to
the mouth of the Pearl River. A tropical storm watch is in effect for
metropolitan New Orleans, Lake Maurepas, Lake Pontchartrain and Destin to
Indian Pass Florida

The hurricane watch could be changed to a tropical storm watch or warning
later today….

….At 1000am CDT (1500 UTC) the center of Tropical Storm Karen was located
near latitude 25.6 north, longitude 90.2 west. Karen is moving toward the
north-northwest near 10mph (17 km/h). A turn toward the north and a
decrease in forward speed are expected by early Saturday. A turn toward the
northeast is expected on Sunday with an increase in forward speed. On the
forecast track, the center of Karen is expected to be near the coast within
the tropical storm warning area Saturday night.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 50mph (85 km/h) with higher
gusts. Little change in strength is expected during the next day or so,
with some strengthening possible Saturday night and Sunday.

Tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 140 miles (220 km) mainly
to the north and east of the center. NOAA buoy 42001 located about 40 miles
(65 km) northeast of the center recently reported a sustained wind of 43mph
(69 km/h) and a wind gust of 51mph (83 km/h)….

….Tropical storm conditions are expected within portions of the tropical
storm warning area on Saturday. Hurricane conditions are possible in
portions of the hurricane watch area by Sunday morning.

The combination of storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas
near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach the
following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high
–       West of the Mississippi River to Terrebonne Bay: 1-3 ft
–       Mouth of the Mississippi River to Mobile Bay: 3-5 ft
–       East of Mobile Bay to west of Apalachee Bay: 1-3 ft
–       Apalachee Bay including Cedar Key: 2-4 ft
–       South of Apalachee Bay to Tampa Bay: 1-2 ft

The highest water will occur along the immediate coast near and to the east
of where landfall occurs…where the surge will be accompanied by dangerous
waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge
and the tidal cycle and can vary greatly over short distances….

….Karen is expected to produce rainfall amounts of 3-6 inches over
portions of the central and eastern Gulf Coast through Sunday night, mainly
near and to the right of the path of the center. Isolated storm total
amounts of 10 inches are possible.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at

Source: National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Tropical Storm Karen Advisory
No.6 issued at 1000am CDT on 4 October 2013

DATE: October 04, 2013
COUNTRY: Indonesia
PORT: all ports
Security measures for APEC summit

Indonesian police are implementing tight security measures in Bali for the
Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Nusa Dua on 5-7 October.

Special squads from the army, air force and navy will be activated and
warships, helicopters and planes will patrol around Bali.

For information about operations in Indonesia contact PT Andhika GAC at

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