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Hurricane Arthur update (4 July)
July 04, 2014, United States, all ports

At 700am EDT (1100 UTC) the eye of Hurricane Arthur was located by NOAA Doppler radar near latitude 36.5 N, longitude 74.7 W. Arthur is moving toward the northeast near 23mph (37 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue with an increase in forward speed during the next couple of days. On the forecast track, the center of Arthur will move well offshore of the mid-Atlantic coast of the United States today (4 July), pass southeast of New England tonight and be near or over Western Nova Scotia early Saturday.
Maximum sustained winds are near 100mph (155 km/h) with higher gusts. Some weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours, and Arthur is expected to become a post-tropical cyclone tonight or Saturday.
Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 40 miles (65km) from the center, and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205km)….

….Tropical storm conditions will continue in portions of the warning areas in North Carolina and Virginia this morning. Tropical storm conditions are expected to reach the warning area in New England by tonight.
The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the ide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters. The water could reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide.
North Carolina within the hurricane warning area: 3-5 ft
Pamlico and Albemarle Sounds: 2-4 ft
Extreme southeastern Virginia: 1-3 ft
Coastal flooding is also possible along Cape Cod.

The highest water will occur along the immediate coast in areas of onshore flow. The surge will be accompanied by large and damaging waves. Surge-related flooding depends on the relative timing of the surge and the tidal cycle and can vary greatly over short distances….

….A NOAA National Ocean Service tide gauge at Oregon Inlet recently indicated over 3 feet of storm surge inundation in the area.

Rainfall will be diminishing over eastern North Carolina this morning with storm total accumulations of 4-6 inches and isolated maximum of 8 inches possible. Rainfall totals of 1-2 inches are possible over southeastern Virginia. Rainfall accumulations of 2-4 inches are possible across Rhode Island, eastern Massachusetts and coastal Maine.
Swells generated by Arthur are affecting areas along the coast of North Carolina and will spread northward along the mid-Atlantic and northeast coasts of the United States today. These swells are expected to cause life-threatening surf and rip currents.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Hurricane Arthur Intermediate Advisory No.14a – 700am EDT Fri July 4 2014

Traffic restrictions at ports ahead of hurricane
July 04, 2014, United States, Wilmington (North Carolina)

Port Condition Whiskey was set for the Port of Wilmington, NC and Port Condition Zulu for the Port of Morehead City, NC at 1600 local time yesterday (3 July) in preparation of the anticipated impact of Hurricane Arthur.
Condition Zulu means all traffic is restricted. Therefore the port of Morehead City is closed to all inbound and outbound traffic, and no vessel may enter, depart or transit the safety zone without the permission of the Captain of the Port.
Vessels bound for Wilmington and Morehead City are advised to seek an alternative destination.

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

Reclamation at Pulau Tekong
July 04, 2014, Singapore, Singapore

The working period for reclamation works at Pulau Tekong has been extended. The works will now be carried out from 10 July 2014 to 9 January 2015.
According the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.90 of 2014 dated 1 July 2014, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily, including Sundays and Public Holidays, within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

L1) 01°25.890’N / 104°03.478’E
L2/* TJUT-20) 01°26.260’N / 104°03.478’E
(Yellow / Pillar / Fl Y 2s)
TJUT-19) 01°26.544’N / 104°02.353’E
(Black/Yellow / Pillar / Q Fl)
TJUT-18) 01°26.271’N / 104°01.343’E
(Yellow / Pillar / Fl Y 4s)
North Tekong) 01°26.021’N / 104°01.033’E
(Black/ Yellow / Pillar / Q Fl)
5) 01°25.488’N / 104°00.444’E
Tekong) 01°25.406’N / 104°00.442’E
(Green / Conical / Fl (3) G 15s)
West Tekong) 01°25.167’N / 104°00.434’E
TJUT-6) 01°24.583’N / 104°00.634’E
(Green / Conical / Fl (2) G 10s)
TJUT-5) 01°24.218’N / 104°00.759’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 4s)
TJUT-3) 01°23.350’N / 104°01.057’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 2s)
Malang Tiga) 01°23.044’N / 104°01.417’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 2.5s)
TJUT-1) 01°22.591’N / 104°01.949’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 4s)
Nelayan) 01°21.853’N / 104°02.817’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 4s)
TJUT-9) 01°21.074’N / 104°03.734’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 4s)
TJUT-21) 01°20.600’N / 104°04.290’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 2s)
6) 01°20.090’N / 104°04.899’E
South Nelayan)01°20.090’N / 104°05.009’E
(Yellow / Black / Pillar / Q(6) + LFl 15s)
8) 01°20.313’N / 104°05.215’E
9) 01°20.375’N / 104°05.212’E
10) 01°20.752’N / 104°04.944’E
TJUT-10) 01°21.079’N / 104°04.776’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 2s)
11) 01°21.406’N / 104°04.608’E
Red Calder) 01°21.750’N / 104°04.690’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 4s)
TJUT-11) 01°22.267’N / 104°04.876’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 6s)
Calder) 01°23.044’N / 104°05.159’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 8s)
12) 01°23.489’N / 104°05.338’E
13/ TJUT-22) 01°23.661’N / 104°05.391’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 10s)
14) 01°23.985’N / 104°05.423’E
15) 01°24.237’N / 104°05.408’E
16/ TJUT-23) 01°24.376’N / 104°05.375’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 2s)
17) 01°24.481’N / 104°05.260’E
18) 01°24.556’N / 104°05.050’E
* Note: Buoy ‘TJUT-20’ is installed with a silt and current meter
Reclamation works at Pulau Tekong will involve dredging, construction of revetment, soil investigation and soil improvement works. Soil improvement works will entail stabilized dredging, sand piling and deep cement mixing. The cutter-suction dredger will be used for the bund construction within the working area.
Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft of the operations in the area.
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 VHF channel 21;
(e) Communicate with Sembawang Control on VHF 21 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com
Guanabara Bay Olympic Sailing event
July 04, 2014, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro

Port Authorities at Rio de Janeiro are preparing to introduce new procedures for the upcoming Olympic Sailing event to be held in the south and east side of Guanabara Bay in July and August.
Sailing teams from around the world will take part and the Brazilian Olympic Committee expecting over 450 craft will participate.
Guanabara Bay will be closed for all type of navigation between 11am up to 5pm for both the first stage (28 July-2 August) and the second stage of the event (2-9 August).

During the period of the event:
– No special authorisations will be granted;
– The anchorage of platforms and similar will not be authorised from July;
– No authorisation will be issued for vessels to drop anchor at the Inner Anchorage (south side of the bridge) between 28 July and 9 August;
– If the sailing competitions finish ahead of schedule, the Maritime Authority may release the Guanabara Bay Navigation Channel;
– There will be 15 alternative anchorage áreas at the Outer Anchorage. The Maritime Authority will guide vessels to the respective areas;
– The Port Authority and Pilots will decide the sequence of incoming/outgoing maneuvers at Guanabara Bay;
– Local navigation at north side of the bridge shall not be affected.
Further instructions will be provided by the local Harbour Master in due course.
For information about operations in Brazil contact GAC Brazil at shipping.brazil@gac.com
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