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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Oman, Salalah Port – Monsoon surge control guidelines
* Singapore, Singapore – Soil investigation work off East Coast Park
* Australia, Port Hedland – New mobile shore crane

DATE: May 13, 2014
PORT: Salalah Port
Monsoon surge control guidelines

During the monsoon season, from June to September, the harbour basin may
experience waves which can cause srging of vessels in the port.

Surge can result in the parting of less organized mooring lines. Effective
moring and good seamanship can greatly reduce the adverse effects of surge.

Below are some guidelines which will help in minimizing the effects of

1. Discuss and agree with the pilot on the mooring plan before entering the
Harbour. Always use good quality lines in good condition preferably with
lesser nylon like fiber for reduced elasticity.

2. Pay special attention to the FWD and AFT spring lines, ensure at least 2
springs each for’d and aft passed to same lead, with the lines always
taught with equal tension.

3. Ensure load is equally shared among lines. Avoid ‘mix mooring’ on same

4. Lines have to be protected from chaffing and avoid passing the lines
over sharp edges.

5. Pass lines with reasonable leads for better shock absorption.

6. Personnel to always stand clear of the backlash zone of the lines.

7. Winches should not be engaged in Auto Tension mode.

8. It is recommended that vessels keep backup mooring lines to replace
parted ropes if any.

9. Vessel to report any parted lines to port control on VHF CH 12.

10. Automatic mooring system, ‘Cavotec Moormaster 600’, is installed at
Berth No 6 and ‘Cavotec Moormaster 200’ is installed at Berth No 1. There
are 4 units at Berth No 6 with 3 pads each with units having a holding
power of 60 MT each. At berth No 1 there are 12 single pad units, each unit
with 20 MT holding power. These mooring units working on vacuum principle
will be used whenever possible along with the conventional mooring ropes in
order to reduce surge. While alongside every care must be exercised to
ensure that the cavotec units are not damaged due to the mooring lines.

11. Maintain listening watch on VHF CH 12 and CH 16 at all times while in
the port.

12. Port of Salalah has new shock lines of 20 meters each with breaking
strength of 165 tons and these shall be provided to vessels free of cost on
demand during monsoon season. Each vessel shall be provided 4 shock lines
for using in conjunction with the vessel’s Aft /forward springs, however,
this facility shall be available only for those vessels which are not
moored with Cavotec at berth# 1 or at berth #6. The method to use shock
line shall be that one eye of the shock line will be passed through the eye
of the vessel’s spring line and will be secured back on the bollard like a
slip rope.

13. The general support officer on the jetty while mooring will report any
substandard lines to the pilot who will bring it to the notice of the

(For information about operations in Salalah contact GAC Oman at

Source: Port of Salalah notice dated 13 May 2014

DATE: May 13, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Soil investigation work off East Coast Park

From 15 May to 14 June, soil investigation works will be carried out off
East Coast Park.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No.63 of 2014, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily –
including Sundays & Public Holidays – at the following marine borehole
coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
SMBH1) 1°18.103’N / 103° 55.188’E
SMBH2) 1°18.071’N / 103° 55.188’E
SMBH3) 1°18.048’N / 103° 55.199’E
BMBH1) 1°18.817’N / 103° 57.806’E
BMBH2) 1°18.796’N / 103° 57.850’E
BMBH3) 1°18.753’N / 103° 57.845’E
BMBH4) 1°18.719’N / 103° 57.867’E

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

The work barge, with tug boats in attendance, will have a circular safety
working zone of 50 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 68 (West Control);
(e) communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at

DATE: May 13, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Port Hedland
New mobile shore crane

Qube Logistics have received a Liebherr 420 mobile shore crane for
discharging ships or assistance around the berth Laydown areas at Port

It will be the first shore based crane permanently based in the port
instead of relying on mobile cranes.

It offers the following advantages:

* Double weight distributing pads which reduce the weight per meter load on
the wharf, allowing the crane to use most of the wharf area on Berth No.2
(unlike other cranes this size which are restricted to one small area on
the wharf).

* Maximum lifting capacity rated to 124MT. Suitable for Heavy Lifts and

For full operational details and information about operations in Australia
contact GAC Austtralia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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