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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United Kingdom, Grangemouth – Petrochemical plant to remain open
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Dredging in Nim Wan, Deep Bay

DATE: October 25, 2013
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
PORT: Grangemouth
Petrochemical plant to remain open

The Grangemouth petrochemical plant is to stay open after a new deal was
struck with workers.

Workers were told in a mass meeting today (25 October) that the decision to
close the site, announced earlier this week, would be reversed.

In a statement, the plant’s operator Ineos said it would reopen its
petrochemicals business and the neighbouring oil refinery with immediate

The closure move came after workers rejected a deal which would have
changed their pay and pensions. Ministers and the Unite union were involved
in top level talks yesterday to try to save the site and a fresh offer was
made by unions to the company.

For information about operations in Grangemouth contact GAC UK at
agency.grangemouth@gac.com. For operations elsewhere in the UK contact

DATE: October 25, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Dredging in Nim Wan, Deep Bay

For approximately 4 months, dredging operations will be carried out [in Nim
Wan, Deep Bay] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the
following co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (A) to (I) and the adjacent
(A) 22 deg. 25.438’N / 113 deg. 55.764’E
(B) 22 deg. 25.430’N / 113 deg. 55.671’E
(C) 22 deg. 25.506’N / 113 deg. 55.645’E
(D) 22 deg. 25.560’N / 113 deg. 55.816’E
(E) 22 deg. 25.550’N / 113 deg. 55.951’E
(F) 22 deg. 25.605’N / 113 deg. 56.111’E
(G) 22 deg. 25.672’N / 113 deg. 56.084’E
(H) 22 deg. 25.696’N / 113 deg. 56.183’E
(I) 22 deg. 25.599’N / 113 deg. 56.230’E

The works will be carried out by one grab dredger. Two hopper barges and
one tug 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 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 dredger.

The hours of work will be round-the-clock.

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

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.120 of 2013

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