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GAC 01072014Tropical waves conditions
COUNTRY: Worldwide

Disturbance 17 is a strong tropical wave southeast of the Cape Verde Islands. The system is moving to the west near 20 kts (23 mph). Dry dusty air from the Sahara will keep development chances below 10 percent over the next 3 to 4 days as the system continues its westward motion through the Atlantic. In 5 to 6 days, the system will move into a slightly more favorable environment as it tracks near the Lesser Antilles. Therefore, development chances within the 5 to 7 day time frame increase to 20 percent. The disturbance is expected to reach the western Caribbean in about 9 to 10 days where conditions could be quite favorable for development. From there, the system could move into the southern Gulf of Mexico or Bay of Campeche by the August 21st to 24th time frame. More tropical waves are expected to move into the eastern Atlantic behind disturbance 17.

The frontal boundary off the Carolina coast still needs to be monitored. Although there are no indications of organization within the area of thunderstorms associated with the front, such weather systems can occasionally develop into tropical cyclones. Areas of thunderstorms will move east-northeast to northeast along the frontal boundary over the next few days. Development chances are low.

Disturbance 16 is a weak tropical wave in the western Caribbean that could cause more heavy

thunderstorms for Cuba and Jamaica today. The system is moving to the west near 17 kts (20 mph). No development is expected.

Disturbance 18 has been recognized as a weak tropical wave near the Lesser Antilles. It is producing some showers and storms over the Lesser Antilles as it moves westward near 18 kts (21 mph). Development is not expected.

For further information about our operations in the Americas, contact GAC at hub@gac.com.

Source: Louisiana Maritime Association

Labour to stop for independence day
August 12, 2014, Indonesia, all ports

Due to Indonesia’s Independence Day on 17 August, unions have announced that all labour on vessels should be stopped as per the below schedule:

– On Saturday, 16 August, no later than 18.00 hours local time.

– Working to vessel to resume on Monday, 18 August, at 08.00 hours local time from Samarinda (resume working on board at approximately 13.00 hours)

For further details and information about operations in Indonesia contact PT Andhika GAC Indonesia at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

Changes to bunker excise
August 12, 2014, Australia, all ports

In reference to our previous advice (NTI 14047 – 14th May 2014) – the Fuel Tax Credits Scheme has changed. The carbon charge has now been removed from the fuel tax credit rates for fuel acquired from 1st July, 2014 – leaving the credit rate at $0.38143. (Previous rate was at $0.31622)

The present rate of excise payable remains at $0.38143 – thus presently the net result being a zero rated tax – returning to the system in place prior to the carbon tax coming into effect.

The Australian Government is proposing to index the excise duty rates payable for most fuels every six months – if this change becomes law, the fuel tax credit rates will change again.

This will be monitored and to be further advised accordingly.

For further information please contact GAC at shipping.australia@gac.com.

Current average delays in Panama Canal
August 12, 2014, Panama, Panama Canal

It is advised that there will be average traffic delays in Panama Canal. The projected queue as of 24:00 hours on August 13 is 34 vessels.

Current average delays (today and tomorrow’s traffic) as follows:

Supers (large, over 91 feet in beam, transit with restrictions):

Northbound: 1-2 days

Southbound: 1-2 days

Regulars (small, under 91 feet in beam, unrestricted transit):

Northbound: 1-2 days

Southbound: 1-2 days

The booking competitions today were as follows:

Second period Large vessel (slots for Sep. 1): 10 slots, no applicants

Second period Small vessel (slots for Sep. 1): 4 slots, no applicants

Third period Large vessel (slots for Aug. 14): 7 slots, 4 applicants, 3 slots left

Third period Small vessel (slots for Aug. 14): 8 slots, no applicants

The Auction Booking Slots for Aug. 11-13 were not offered because there were normal booking slots still available.

For further information, please contact GAC at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com.

Tropical waves conditions
COUNTRY: Worldwide

Disturbance 17 is a strong tropical wave southeast of the Cape Verde Islands. The system is moving to the west near 20 kts (23 mph). Dry dusty air from the Sahara will keep development chances below 10 percent over the next 3 to 4 days as the system continues its westward motion through the Atlantic. In 5 to 6 days, the system will move into a slightly more favorable environment as it tracks near the Lesser Antilles. Therefore, development chances within the 5 to 7 day time frame increase to 20 percent. The disturbance is expected to reach the western Caribbean in about 9 to 10 days where conditions could be quite favorable for development. From there, the system could move into the southern Gulf of Mexico or Bay of Campeche by the August 21st to 24th time frame. More tropical waves are expected to move into the eastern Atlantic behind disturbance 17.

The frontal boundary off the Carolina coast still needs to be monitored. Although there are no indications of organization within the area of thunderstorms associated with the front, such weather systems can occasionally develop into tropical cyclones. Areas of thunderstorms will move east-northeast to northeast along the frontal boundary over the next few days. Development chances are low.

Disturbance 16 is a weak tropical wave in the western Caribbean that could cause more heavy

thunderstorms for Cuba and Jamaica today. The system is moving to the west near 17 kts (20 mph). No development is expected.

Disturbance 18 has been recognized as a weak tropical wave near the Lesser Antilles. It is producing some showers and storms over the Lesser Antilles as it moves westward near 18 kts (21 mph). Development is not expected.

 

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