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GAC-newYour daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United Arab Emirates, Dubai – Dubai Wooden Powerboats Championship
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Acoustic dolphin survey monitors off Airport
* Singapore, Jurong Port – Soil investigation off West Jurong Channel
* Panama, Panama Canal – Locks maintenance & Transit Reservation System
* Bunker Update – MARKET PRICE UPDATE 17/03/2014

DATE: March 17, 2014
COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates
PORT: Dubai
Dubai Wooden Powerboats Championship

Dubai International Marine Club has organised “Dubai Wooden Powerboat
Championship” on Friday, 21 March 2014.

Details are as below:
* Racing Area: between Burj Al Arab and Palm Jumeirah.
* Time & Date: between 1100-1200 hours LT on Friday 21 March 2014.

All VTS (Hamriyah port, Khor Dubai, Port Rashid, Fishing Harbours and Jabal
Ali Port) are requested to advise vessels accordingly. Owners, agents,
charters, marinas, yacht club and recreational sailing organisations shall
ensure that the contents of this notice are made known to the masters and
persons in charge of their vessel.

(For information about operations in Dubai contact GAC Dubai at
Dubai@gac.com)

Source: Dubai Maritime City Authority Navigation Warning #R009/2014 dated
17 March 2014

DATE: March 17, 2014
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Acoustic dolphin survey monitors off Airport

For approximately 13 months, an acoustic monitor will be temporarily
established on the seabed in each of the following locations (WGS 84
Datum):
(A) 22 deg. 18.150’N / 113 deg. 52.849’E
(B) 22 deg. 19.228’N / 113 deg. 54.391’E
(C) 22 deg. 19.527’N / 113 deg. 55.349’E
(D) 22 deg. 19.631’N / 113 deg. 56.339’E
(E) 22 deg. 20.295’N / 113 deg. 53.918’E

The acoustic monitor is an instrument for collecting dolphin data. It is a
structure of pyramid shape with a height of 0.5 metre and a square base of
1.0 metre by 1.0 metre.

Regular diving operations for retrieving data from and inspecting the
acoustic monitors will be carried out by a work boat in the above locations
once every two months.

The hours of works will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be
carried out on Sundays and public holidays.

The vessel engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in
international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep
clear at slow speed, bearing in mind that there are divers working in the
area.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at
shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong ong SAR Marine Department Notice No.36 of 2014

DATE: March 17, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Jurong Port
Soil investigation off West Jurong Channel

Soil investigation works are underway off West Jurong Channel, West Jurong,
and are due to continue until 15 August.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine
Notice No.35 of 2014, the works are being conducted 24 hours daily –
including Sundays and Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by
the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1. 1⁰ 16.142’N / 103⁰ 39.228’E
2. 1⁰ 16.370’N / 103⁰ 39.234’E
3. 1⁰ 16.579’N / 103⁰ 39.501’E
4. 1⁰ 16.643’N / 103⁰ 39.582’E
5. 1⁰ 16.540’N / 103⁰ 39.637’E
6. 1⁰ 16.499’N / 103⁰ 39.558’E
7. 1⁰ 16.433’N / 103⁰ 39.440’E
8. 1⁰ 16.333’N / 103⁰ 39.362’E

Soil investigation work will be carried out by means of borehole drilling
using jack-up barges. One jack-up barge will be working on only one
borehole at a time.

The jack-up barge, with tug boats in attendance, will have a circular
safety working zone of 30 meters radius centered at the barge. Tugboats
will be used for shifting the barge from one borehole location to another.

Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity of the working areas to warn
other craft of the project work.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and
international day and
night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working areas, mariners are reminded to:
(a) keep well clear and not to enter the working areas;
(b) maintain a proper lookout;
(c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (West Jurong Control);
and
(e) communicate with West Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance,
if required.

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

DATE: March 17, 2014
COUNTRY: Panama
PORT: Panama Canal
Locks maintenance & Transit Reservation System

Beginning Tuesday, March 18 2014, at 0600 hours, through Thursday, March 27
2014, at 2200 hours, the sidewall culvert on the West lane of Gatun Locks
will be out of service. This outage is required for repairs to the cutwater
of the rising stem valves 242 and 243.

In preparation for this outage, the West lane of Gatun Locks will be closed
for eight hours, from approximately 2200 hours on Monday March 17 2014 to
0600 hours on Tuesday, March 18 2014, for the installation of bulkheads.
After the culvert maintenance work is completed, the West lane of Gatun
Locks will again be closed for eight hours, from approximately 2200 hours
on Tuesday, March 27 2014, to 0600 hours on Friday, March 28 2014, for the
removal of bulkheads.

During the sidewall culvert repair period, Gatun Locks will operate with a
single culvert on the West lane. Consequently, all lockages in this lane
will take longer than usual.

As a result, and in accordance with the rules governing the Transit
Reservation System Condition I.a will be in effect from March 19 2014 until
March 27 2014.

Applications for reserved transits while Conditions 1.a. is in effect will
be received beginning 0900 hours on Saturday, March 15 2014. The booking
slot available through the Auction Process and the slots available for
regular vessels less than 300 feet in length, as well as the Just-in-Time
Transit service, will continue to be offered during this period.

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford &
McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-0502014 dated 14
March 2014

DATE: March 17, 2014
Bunker Update:
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 17/03/2014

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
MARKET PRICE UPDATE 17/03/2014

                        180 CST   380 CST   MGO         MDO

Aberdeen                0         0         550.00      0

Aden                    730.00    0         1, 115.00    0

Alexandria              760.00    0         1, 180.00    0

Amsterdam               604.00    581.00    890.00      0

Antwerp                 607.00    587.00    899.00      0

Aqaba                   0         697.00    1, 030.00    0

Bahrain                 0         0         1, 034.00    0

Bergen                  702.00    680.00    931.00      0

Busan                   670.00    640.00    947.50      937.50

Cape Town               635.00    0         1, 010.00    0

Colombo                 660.00    655.00    1, 020.00    0

Dubai                   640.00    620.00    910.00      0

Durban                  609.00    0         1, 034.00    0

Fujairah                618.50    612.50    990.00      0

Gibraltar               716.50    681.50    940.50      0

Grangemouth             0         0         570.00      0

Hong Kong               630.50    621.50    929.00      0

Houston                 653.00    583.00    975.00      0

Istanbul                644.50    611.50    960.50      0

Jeddah                  725.00    695.00    1, 075.00    0

Kaohsiung               668.00    656.00    1, 040.00    1, 025.00

Kuwait                  617.50    612.00    989.00      0

Leith                   0         0         572.00      0

Lerwick                 0         0         574.00      0

Malta                   742.50    723.50    907.50      0

Mersey                  0         0         555.00      0

Mumbai                  621.50    615.50    1, 098.50    0

New York & New Jersey   660.00    605.00    1, 030.00    0

Panama                  675.00    615.00    1, 040.00    0

Piraeus                 735.50    705.50    922.50      0

Port Louis              702.00    0         1, 040.00    0

Port Said               760.00    670.00    1, 075.00    0

Qatar                   0         0         960.00      0

Richards Bay            619.00    0         1, 044.00    0

Rio de Janeiro          666.00    643.00    990.00      0

Rotterdam               613.00    590.00    899.00      0

Salalah                 698.00    648.00    1, 095.00    0

Shanghai                656.00    630.50    1, 076.50    0

Sharjah                 640.00    620.00    910.00      0

Singapore               618.00    600.00    898.00      0

Sohar                   0         629.00    1, 020.00    0

St Petersburg           461.50    440.00    0           0

Stavanger               0         0         949.00      0

Suez                    0         0         1, 075.00    0

Sunderland              0         0         578.00      0

Thames                  0         0         572.00      0

Walvis Bay              710.00    0         1, 070.00    0

West Africa OFFSHORE    0         640.00    960.00      0

Present in seven locations worldwide, GAC Bunker Fuels, part of the GAC
group, is a global broker and trader of marine fuels and lubricants.

The prices listed are for indication purposes only, and local offices
should be approached directly for firm prices.

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