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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Singapore, Singapore – Proposed upgrading of berthing facilities
* Egypt, Suez Canal – Surcharge for on-deck container tiers

DATE: February 05, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Proposed upgrading of berthing facilities

From 20 February to 31 August, works for the proposed upgrading of
facilities will be carried out at Technics Offshore Jetty, Serangoon
Harbour within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS
84 Datum):
1) 01° 23.255’N / 103° 58.276’E
2) 01° 23.301’N / 103° 58.347’E
3) 01° 23.275’N / 103° 58.363’E
4) 01° 23.229’N / 103° 58.293’E

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No.19 of 2014 dated 5 February 2014, the works will be conducted 24
hours daily including Sundays and Public Holidays and will involve the
installation of two additional mooring dolphins with 50 tons bollards and
replacement of existing ARC fenders to cone fenders at the existing jetty.

The permanent marine pile will be installed by crane barges. A total of 6
steel piles will be permanently installed for dolphin support. Upon
completion of piling work, reinforcement work will be carried out by means
of pile cutting and pile head treatment. Installation of bollard and rubber
ladder will be carried out upon completion of reinforcement work.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity in case of an emergency.

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 appropriate VHF Channel 21;
e) Communicate with Sembawang control on VHF Channel 21 for assistance, if

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at

DATE: February 05, 2014
PORT: Suez Canal
Surcharge for on-deck container tiers

The surcharge for container tiers on deck northbound containerships in the
Suez Canal shall be modified from 1 May to:
– 4% for vessels carrying one tier
– 6% for vessels carrying two tiers
– 8% for vessels carrying three tiers
– 11% for vessels carrying four tiers
– 15% for vessels carrying five tiers
– 21% for vessels carrying six tiers
– An increase of 2% shall be applied for each tier in excess of six tiers,
which means that a surcharge of 23% shall be applied on vessels carrying
seven tiers of containers …etc.

For information about operations in the Suez Canal contact GAC Egypt at

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