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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, Delaware River – Return to Seasonal Alert
* Singapore, Singapore – Sailing regatta off East Coast Beach
* Australia, Port Kembla – Pilot ladders
* Egypt, all ports – Dropping anchor

DATE: January 14, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Delaware River
Return to Seasonal Alert

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Delaware Bay is notifying mariners
that the port has returned to SEASONAL ALERT status in the Delaware Bay and
River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Habor and Canal, and the New Jersey ICW.

* Conditions are NOT favourable for the formation of new ice.

* There are no navigational restrictions.

* Water temperatures remain at or below freezing in the Delaware River and
C&D Canal.

* Drifting, melting ice is present in navigable waters, so mariners are
urged to proceed with caution.

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

DATE: January 14, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Sailing regatta off East Coast Beach

A sailing regatta will be held from 16 Jan 2014 to 18 Jan 2014. In exercise
of the powers conferred under Section 43 (c) of the MARITIME AND PORT
AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE ACT (CHAPTER 170A), the Port Master hereby prohibits
all vessels, unless authorized by the Port Master, from entering,
anchoring, mooring, transiting or being in the area….

….The area referred to in this Notice is bounded by the following
co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
A) 01° 16.70’N / 103° 54.20’E
B) 01° 16.90’N / 103° 54.70’E
C) 01° 17.70’N / 103° 54.60’E
D) 01° 17.65’N / 103° 54.15’E

The dates and times during which the prohibited area will be brought into
effect are as follows:
16 Jan 2014 1100 hours – 1700 hours
17 Jan 2014 1100 hours – 1700 hours
18 Jan 2014 1100 hours – 1700 hours

Further enquiries relating to the conduct and schedule of the Sailing
Regatta can be directed to the Regatta Coordinator Mr Huzaini at Tel: 6309
2449 (email: huzaini@one15marina.com).

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
(a) keep well clear of the area;
(b) maintain a proper lookout;
(c) proceed at a safe speed & navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 (East Control);
(e) communicate with East Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if

(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No. 08
of 2014 date 13 January 2014

DATE: January 14, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Port Kembla
Pilot ladders

Port Kembla Port Authority has issued a reminder about the importance of
maintaining pilot ladders in good condition in response to continuing
issues at the port.

Pilot ladders must be presented and secured as per AMSA MO21, IMO
Resolution A 1 045(27) and SOLAS Chapter V/23. This also includes the
correct size and type of rope used for the pilot ladder and man-ropes.

If the pilot ladder is not secured and in good condition as per regulations
then the vessel will be deferred until it is in readiness and the Port Auth
will charge “pilotage deferment charge”, which is 75% of the full pilotage

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at

DATE: January 14, 2014
PORT: all ports
Dropping anchor

Vessels must not drop anchor in Egyptian territorial waters without prior
notice and declaring the reasons for and the duration for their stay at

Due consideration should be given to ships intending to transit the Suez
Canal to anchor at the designated area belonging to SCA Waiting Areas
(declared in specific navigational charts) after checking with Port Said
port control.

The Suez Canal Authority is not responsible for any action taken related to
any vessel not in accordance with these instructions, as the vessel will be
arrested by the Security Authorities.

For information about opersations in Egypt contact GAC Egypt at

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