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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Oman, all ports – National Day holidays
* Philippines, all ports – Storm-hit ports resume limited operations
* Australia, Dampier – Channel depth re-declared

DATE: November 18, 2013
PORT: all ports
National Day holidays

The Government of Oman has declared National Day holidays for the private
and public sectors from 27 to 28 November.

Port Sultan Qaboos will be closed for normal official matters but vessel
operations will continue with overtime charges applicable.

The last working day will be 26 November, and all offices will re-open
after the weekend, on 1 December.

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

DATE: November 18, 2013
COUNTRY: Philippines
PORT: all ports
Storm-hit ports resume limited operations

Ten days after Typhoon Haiyan, the Philippine Ports Authority (PPA) advise
that the hardest hit ports – Tacloban and Ormoc – have resumed limited
operations for commercial and relief missions, as vessel operators respond
to the government’s call for help in the delivery of aid shipments to
affected areas.

As cargo-handling equipment at both ports were washed away by the typhoon,
operations are limited to self-sustaining vessels or those capable of
loading/unloading cargoes, as well as to roll-on roll-off (Ro-Ro) vessels.

PPA assessment showed that reqular-sized vessels can safety dock at the two
ports but the agency is still apprehensive about accommodating vessels used
in the long-haul trade given the hazards posed by debris along the shores.

The partial opening of the Tacloban and Ormoc ports to decongest traffic at
the Ro-Ro ports of Matnog in Sorsogon and Allen in Northern Samar.

The ports at Cebu and Dumaguete are operational.

On Friday, November 15, one week after the storm ravaged central
Philippines, the authorities were still working to get aid to all affected
areas, with at least 10 of Leyte’s 40 towns still not reached. Thousands of
survivors have fled Samar and Leyte, some to Manila, others to Cebu, and
still others to surrounding provinces.

Operations in Tacloban remain limited, while all airports under CAAP are
now operational. National roads in Eastern Visayas are finally open, and
efforts are now being focused on clearing Tacloban City’s secondary and
city roads.

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

DATE: November 18, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Dampier
Channel depth re-declared

Rio Tinto advise that the main channel depth at East Intercourse Island,
Dampier, has been re-declared at 15.50 metres chart datum, with immediate

Meanwhile, ploughing works continue in the Rio Tinto Channel area.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at

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