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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, New York, NewYork – Channel restrictions for the Arthur Kill
* United Arab Emirates, all ports – Visa on arrival for citizens of 13 more EU countries
* Singapore, Singapore – Soil investigation for proposed terminal

DATE: March 19, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: New York, NewYork
Channel restrictions for the Arthur Kill

The Army Corps has informed that maintenance dredging in the Arthur Kill
has been only partially completed and that the previously shoaled areas in
and adjacent to Port Socony and Port Reading Reaches have not yet been
returned to full project depth. Based upon dredging completed thus far we
are able to modify the restrictions on draft previously announced in
September 2013.

For vessels due to transit the waters from south of Motiva and/or
Woodbridge Creek in the Arthur Kill to north of Tufts Point, or vice versa,
the maximum draft will be 32′ at low water and 36’6″ at high water.

Please use the Sandy Hook Channel Start-in and Sailing Guidelines by
reducing available draft by one(1′) foot if transiting through that area.
Controlling depth for this area is essentially 34′ MLW as per recent
surveys (February 2014) – maintenance dredging will resume in July 2014
once environmental windows expire.

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

Source: Notice from Sandy Hook Pilots

DATE: March 19, 2014
COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates
PORT: all ports
Visa on arrival for citizens of 13 more EU countries

From 22 March, citizens of 13 European Union states holding ordinary
passports will no longer need to acquire pre-entry visas to the UAE.

Citizens of Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Lithuania, Hungary,
Latvia, Estonia, Malta, Cyprus, Croatia, Romania and Bulgaria will
thereafter be able to obtain their visas upon arrival.

As a result, citizens of all 28 countries in the EU may enter the UAE
without having to previously apply for a visa.

For information about operations in the UAE, contact the respective GAC
office at abudhabi@gac.com, dubai@gac.com, fujairah@gac.com,
rasalkhaimah@gac.com or sharjah@gac.com

DATE: March 19, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Soil investigation for proposed terminal

From 24 March to 30 April, soil investigation works will be carried out
within the LNG/LPG/Chemical Gas Carrier anchorage and Temasek Fairway for
the proposed Tuas Terminal Phase-1.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine
Notice No.39 of 2014, the work will be conducted at the following Marine
Borehole locations (WGS 84 Datum):
BH-FW-1) 1°15.458’N / 103° 38.820’E
BH-FW-2) 1°15.320’N / 103° 38.925’E
BH-FW-3) 1°15.103’N / 103° 39.017’E
BH-FW-4) 1°14.929’N / 103° 39.090’E
BH-FW-5) 1°14.590’N / 103° 39.481’E
BH-FW-6) 1°14.367’N / 103° 39.389’E
BH-FW-7) 1°14.069’N / 103° 39.227’E
BH-FW-8) 1°14.145’N / 103° 39.505’E
BH-FW-9) 1°14.232’N / 103° 39.621’E
BH-FW-10) 1°13.895’N / 103° 39.588’E
BH-FW-11) 1°14.650’N / 103° 38.834’E
BH-FW-12) 1°14.601’N / 103° 38.454’E
BH-FW-13) 1°14.514’N / 103° 38.631’E
BH-FW-14) 1°14.465’N / 103° 38.451’E
BH-FW-15) 1°14.411’N / 103° 38.839’E

Working Hours:
Temasek Fairway – 12 hours daily from 0700hrs to 1900hrs including Sundays
and Public Holidays.
All other areas – 24 hours daily including Sundays and Public Holidays.

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

The jack-up barge, with tug boats in attendance, will have a circular
safety working zone of 50 metres radius centred 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);
(e) communicate with West Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance,
if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at

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