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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United States, Delaware River – Pyrotechnic exercise
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Repairs to private pier
* Chile, Iquique – Terminal operative one week after quake
* Venezuela, all ports – New exchange rate for services to foreign vessels

DATE: April 09, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Delaware River
Pyrotechnic exercise

On April 9, 2014, commencing at 10am and ending at 12am Coast Guard Station
Philadelphia will be conducting a live pyrotechnic exercise at position 39º
30’47″N and -75º 32’55″W near Anchorage No.2.

A vessel seeking to pass within 500 yards of this exercise shall inform the
on scene Coast Guard vessels on VHF channel 16.

Specific firing times can also be obtained on VHF channel 16. Approaching
vessels should contact Coast Guard Station Philadelphia 15 minutes before
entering the area.

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay, Marine Safety Information
Bulletin # 28-14

DATE: April 09, 2014
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Repairs to private pier

For approximately 4 months, marine works involving repairing of private
pier will be carried out [at K. Wah Centre, North Point] within the area
bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum)
from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22º 17.609’N / 114º 12.291’E
(B) 22º 17.619’N / 114º 12.293’E
(C) 22º 17.618’N / 114º 12.296’E
(D) 22º 17.608’N / 114º 12.294’E

The works will be carried out by one work boat. One guard boat will provide

The hours of work will be from 0900 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried
out on Sundays and Public Holidays. Vessels engaged in the works will stay
in the works area outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of

Vessels engaged in the works 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 there are divers working in the area.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at

Source: Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.47 of 2014 dated 8 April

DATE: April 09, 2014
PORT: Iquique
Terminal operative one week after quake

The Patache Terminal at Iquique was yesterday (8 April) declared operative
by the Port Authority, one week after the earthquake that shook the area.

The EPI Terminal, however, remains out of service due to significant damage
at the break water pier. It is estimated that repairs would take at least
six months, providing that the technical report declared the feasibility of
the repairs.

At the ITI Terminal, Berth No.3 partially operative, suitable for only RORO
vessels. No mobile shore crane allowed on the wharf. Berth No.4 in good
condition and operative, providing priority to full container vessels.
Copec, Petrobras, Patillos I, Patillos II, TMP and Collahuasi fully

(For information about operations in Chile, and thorughout the Americas,
contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Centre at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: Ultramar Network, Chile – GAC agent

DATE: April 09, 2014
COUNTRY: Venezuela
PORT: all ports
New exchange rate for services to foreign vessels

A new exchange rate has come into effect in Venezuela for services rendered
to foreign-flagged vessels performing international trading. The official
rate, as per SICAD II public currency exchange auctions, is BsF. 49.06 per

This new rate – which came into effect for all transactions made from 4
April onwards – produces significant savings for foreign clients calling

The new exchange rate will not affect or taken in consideration for
calculation of services rendered and fixed on tariffs and settled on USD
(Terminal Fixed Charges invoiced by PDVSA) as the method of payment remains
unchanged, deposited in a foreign Bank Account.

For information about operations in Venezuela contact GAC-Vensport at

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