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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Nigeria, all ports – Holidays declared for Eid-el-Kabir
* Yemen, all ports – Attack on vessel south-west of Socotra
* Oman, Port Sultan Qaboos – Port to cease commercial vessel activities
* India, all ports – Tropical Storm Phailin over Bay of Bengal
* Singapore, Jurong Port – Pipeline repairs
* Philippines, all ports – Typhoon Santi

DATE: October 11, 2013
COUNTRY: Nigeria
PORT: all ports
Holidays declared for Eid-el-Kabir

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Tuesday 15 October and
Wednesday 16 October Public Holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir

Normal work will resume on Thursday 17 October.

For information about operations in NIgeria contact GAC Nigeria at

DATE: October 11, 2013
PORT: all ports
Attack on vessel south-west of Socotra

Mariners are hereby advised of an attack on a merchant vessel position
04-39N 052-19E at 0935z 11Oct2013 approximately 178 NM sw of Socotra.

If transiting the area, ships are advised to transit with caution.

All flagged operators with ships in the affected area are requested to
forward this advisory to their ships by most expeditious means.

Initial reports indicate the vessel was approached by two skiffs in the
Indian Ocean approximately 270 NM east of Hobyo Somalia on or about 0935
UTC 11Oct13. The skiffs approached within 200 meters when the armed
security team fired warning shots. The assailants returned fire before
retreating. No further details reported at this time.

Contact the following with any questions: MARLO:  email
Phone:  +973-3940-1395.

(For information about operations in Yemen contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency
Centre at hub.ae@gac.com)

Source: U.S. Military Maritime Liaison Office (MARLO), Bahrain, Notice to
Mariners dated 11 October 2013

DATE: October 11, 2013
PORT: Port Sultan Qaboos
Port to cease commercial vessel activities

31 August 2014 has been set as the deadline by which Sultan Qaboos Port
will stop receiving container, cargo, vehicle carriers and other vessels
carrying project material, as part of plans to convert it into a tourist
hub and shift such commercial activities to Sohar Industrial Port.

The last four months of 2014 will be devoted to clearing all goods at the
port’s warehouses and yards.

Thereafter, Sultan Qaboos Port will receive tourist vessels, boats,
passenger ferries and military ships facilitating other marine works.

The port will continue handling cereal vessels having transactions with
Oman Flour Mills Company and will temporarily receive liquid tar, sheep,
fish products, food oil and cement vessels till further notice.

For information about operations in Oman contact GAC Oman at muscat@gac.com

DATE: October 11, 2013
PORT: all ports
Tropical Storm Phailin over Bay of Bengal

The very severe cyclonic storm, Phailin, over east central Bay of Bengal
remained stationary and lay centred at 0300 UTC of 11 October 2013 near
Latitude 16.0 deg. N and longitude 88.5 deg.E, about 520km south-southeast
of Paradip, 530km southeast of Gopalpur and 530km east-southeast of
Kalingapatnam. It would move northwestwards and cross north Andhra Pradesh
and Odisha Coast between Kallingapatnam and Paradip, close to Gopalput
(Odisha) by evening of 12 Ocotber 2013, as a very severe cyclonic storm
with a maximum sustained wind speed of 205-215 kmph.

According to satellite images, the intensity of the system is T 6.0.
Intense to very intense convection is seen over East Central Bay and
adjoining North Andaman Sea Islands and area between Lat. 14.0 deg.N to
17.0 deg.N and Long, 87.0 deg.E to 90.0 deg.E. The associated convection
has increased gradually with respect to organization during the past three
hours. The lowest cloud top temperature (CTT) is about -18 deg.C. The
system is eye pattern. Eye is circular wiuth diameter of about 15km. Eye
temperature minus 6 deg.C.

Maximum sustained surface wind speed is estimated to be about 100 knots
gusting to 110 knots around the system centre. The state of the sea is
phenomenal around the system centre….

(For information about operations in India contact GAC India at

Source: Extract from Tropical Storm Phailin Advisory No.14 issued at 0600
UTC on 11 October 2013

DATE: October 11, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Jurong Port
Pipeline repairs

From 14 October to 13 November, pipeline repair works will be carried out
off East Jurong Channel and Jurong Island.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No.140 of 2013 dated 10 October 2013, the works will be conducted 24
hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the area bounded
by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 17.133’N / 103 deg. 43’34.8″E
2) 01 deg. 17.133’N / 103 deg. 43’37.8″E
3) 01 deg. 17.180’N / 103 deg. 43’37.8″E
4) 01 deg. 17.180’N / 103 deg. 43’34.8″E

The pipeline repair works will entail the removal of manhole cover to the
submerged pipeline. Upon opening the manhole, divers will enter the
pipeline to carry out repairs. The work will be carried out using a crane
barge and divers.

A safety boat will be in attendance throughout the duration of the repair
works to warn other craft of the works in the vicinity.

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 & navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 25 (Pasir Panjang control);
(e) communicate with Jurong Control on Channel 25 for assistance, if

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at

DATE: October 11, 2013
COUNTRY: Philippines
PORT: all ports
Typhoon Santi

At 4:00 am today [11 October 2013], the eye of Typhoon SANTI was located
based on all available data at 340 km East of Baler, Aurora (15.4°N,
125.1°E) with maximum winds of 120 kph and gustiness of up to 150 kph. It
is forecast to move west at 15 kph.

Isabela, Ifugao, Nueva Viscaya, Quirino, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan,
Northern Quezon including Polilio Islands and Central Luzon will experience
stormy weather with rough to very rough seas.

Metro Manila, rest of CALABARZON, Marinduque, Lubang Islands, Abra,
Kalinga, Ilocos Sur, Mt. Province, Southern Cagayan, Catanduanes, Albay and
Camarines provinces will have rains with gusty winds with moderate to rough

The rest of Luzon and Visayas will be cloudy with light to moderate
rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers
or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over the
rest of the country and the coastal waters along these areas will be
moderate to rough.

(For information about operations in the Philippines contact GAC
Philippines at philippines@gac.com)

Source: PAGASA Weather Forecast dated 11 October 2013

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