Disturbance 17 is located along 49W, and is moving west near 1 kts (16 mph). It remains poorly organized but cold improve some as it approaches the Lesser Antilles tomorrow and early Saturday. However, once in the eastern Caribbean Sea it will encounter somewhat hostile conditions. There is a slight chance it could eventually move to near the Florida Peninsula, either in the eastern Gulf of Mexico or near the Bahamas. If it survives long enough to the reach Florida region, it will be a very weak disturbance with little to no chance of development. No computer model is currently predicting development and we think overall
development chances are less than 5 percent.
Disturbance 19 is located near 11N/27.8W, and is currently stationary. It has become better organized since yesterday with some rotation evident on satellite imagery. One major model is predicting development around the early to middle part of next week, after it merges with an area of thunderstorms moving off the coast of Africa this morning. The disturbance is expected to remain generally stationary, or even drift eastward, until after it merges. If the system develops, a slow west or west-northwest motion is expected. It will still be well east of the
Lesser Antilles by the end of next week. Most guidance indicates it will remain a disturbance until it weakens late next week. Development chances over the next 48 hours are near zero, with a 20 percent chance over the next 7 days.
Disturbance 18 is along 81W and is moving west near 12 kts (14 mph). Development is not expected.
For further information about our operations in the Americas, contact GAC at email@example.com.
Source: Louisiana Maritime Association
Marine Safety and Security Bulletin from USCG Sector Baltimore
August 15, 2014, United States, Baltimore, Maryland
Notice is hereby given for a regulated area through promulgation of Special Local Regulations for Marine Event, as described in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CPR) § 100.T05-0540 Special Local Regulations for Marine Events, Patapsco River; Baltimore, MD, to be established under Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations Part 100, which allows the Coast Guard to take such actions.
The following location is a regulated area, all waters of the Patapsco River, within an area bounded by a line connecting position:
latitude 39°16’00” N, longitude 076°36’30” W; thence to latitude 39°16’00” N, longitude 076°33’00” W; thence to latitude 39°14’30” N, longitude 076°33’00” W; thence to latitude 39°14’30” N, longitude 076°36’30” W; thence to
the point of origin, located between Port Covington and Seagirt Marine Terminal at Baltimore, MD. All coordinates reference Datum NAD 1983.
Within this regulated area, a spectator area for commercial passenger vessels is designated. The designated spectator area includes, all waters of the Patapsco River, located between:
the northern boundary of the regulated area described above at latitude 39°16’00” N, thence southerly to the northern boundary of the safety zone represented by a line connecting position latitude 39°15’44” N, longitude 076°35’55” W; to position latitude 39°15’19” N, longitude 076°33’25” W, located adjacent to the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine at Baltimore, MD.
The Coast Guard Patrol Commander (PATCOM) may forbid and control the movement of all vessels and persons in the regulated area. When hailed or signaled by an official patrol, a vessel or person in the regulated area shall immediately comply with the directions given. Failure to do so may result in expulsion from the area, citation for failure to comply, or both. The PATCOM may terminate the event, or the operation of any participant in the event, at any time it is deemed necessary for the protection of life or property. All Coast
Guard vessels enforcing this regulated area can be contacted on marine band radio VHF-PM channel 16 (156.8
MHz). Spectators are allowed inside the regulated area, but must remain outside the safety zone at all times. Only commercial passenger vessels will be permitted to anchor within the designated spectator area. Spectators may contact the Coast Guard Patrol Commander to request permission to pass through the regulated area. If permission is granted, spectators must pass directly through the regulated area, outside the event area, at a safe speed and without loitering. The Coast Guard will publish a notice in the Fifth Coast Guard District
Local Notice to Mariners and issue a marine information broadcast on VHF-FM marine band radio announcing specific event date and times.
Coast Guard Patrol Commander means a commissioned, warrant, or petty officer of the U.S. Coast Guard who has been designated by the Commander, Coast Guard Sector Baltimore.
Official Patrol means any vessel assigned or approved by Commander, Coast Guard Sector Baltimore with a commissioned, warrant, or petty officer on board and displaying a Coast Guard ensign.
Participant means all persons and vessels participating in the Star-Spangled Spectacular Fireworks event under the auspices of the Marine Event Permit issued to the event sponsor and approved by Commander, Coast Guard Sector Baltimore.
Spectator means all persons and vessels not registered with the event sponsor as participants or official patrol.
This regulated area will be enforced from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 11, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on
September 12, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 13, 2014, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on
September 14, 2014.
PENALTY: Vessels or persons violating this section may liable pursuant to 33 U.S.C. 1236.
Notice is hereby given for a safety zone, as described in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) § 165.T05-
0540 Safety Zone, Patapsco River; Baltimore, MD, to be established under the Ports and Waterways Safety Act
(PWSA), 33 U.S.C. 1226, which allows the Coast Guard to take such actions.
The aerobatic show box is a safety zone. The following area is a safety zone, all waters of the Patapsco River, within an area bounded by a line connecting position:
latitude 39°15’44” N, longitude 076°35’56” W; to latitude 39°15’19” N, longitude 076°33’26” W; thence to latitude 39°14’49” N, longitude 076°33’35” W; thence to
latitude 39°15’15” N, longitude 076°36’04” W; thence to point of origin. All coordinates reference Datum NAD 1983.
The general safety zone regulations found in 33 CFR 165.23 apply to this safety zone. Entry into or remaining in the area of this zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Baltimore. All vessels underway within this zone at the time it is implemented are to depart the zone. Persons desiring to transit the area of the zone must first request authorization from the COTP Baltimore or his designated representative. To seek permission to transit the area, the COTP Baltimore and his designated representatives can be contacted at phone number 410-576-2693 or on Marine Band Radio VHF-FM channel
16. USCG vessels enforcing this section can be contacted on VHF-FM channel 16.
Captain of the Port Baltimore means the Commander, U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore, Maryland.
Designated representative means any Coast Guard commissioned, warrant, or petty officer who has been authorized by the Captain of the Port Baltimore to assist in enforcing the safety zone described above.
This safety zone will be enforced from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 11, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 12, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 13, 2014, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on September 14, 2014.
PENALTY: Vessels or persons violating this section may liable pursuant to 33 U.S.C. 1232 and 50 U.S.C. 192.
Recommended viewing areas for recreational boaters are the waters to the south, east, and west of the aerobatic show box, as well as to the north (north of the line defined by latitude 39° 16.0’N). In
addition, spectator vessels shall remain clear of all navigable channels and at least 100 yards away from any commercial vessels at anchor and commercial waterfront facilities.
Due to the location and orientation of the aerobatic show box, boaters are encouraged to plan ahead in determining where they intend to view the air show, realizing that enforcement of the safety zone and aerobatic show box may cut off access to certain areas of the Port of Baltimore for the duration of the aerial practices, performance demonstrations and air shows.
Source: U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore
LOOP Shutdown due to Sheen
August 15, 2014, United States, New Orleans, Louisiana
On August 13th LOOP’s Offshore Marine Terminal suspended its crude oil offloading operations while investigating an oil sheen discovered along the LOOP pipeline right-of-way. Sheening continued in the area of the pipeline. Therefore, activities to expose the line for more detailed inspection and repair, if confirmed, are now underway and will continue through the weekend. A detailed work plan is under development, but it is expected that marine offloading and main oil pipeline operations will not resume within the next 4 days.
An update will follow at 18:00 today, August 14th .
These activities do not affect LOOP’s onshore operations at the Clovelly Hub and deliveries of crude oil continue on schedule.
For information about operations in New Orleans contact GAC New Orleans at firstname.lastname@example.org
Source: LOOP LLC
Closure of Port of Venice/Porto Marghera
August 15, 2014, Italy, Venice
The entrance of Port of Venice/Porto Marghera will be closed from August 18th at 03.00 to August 25th at 00.01.
Port traffic will be suspended from August 18th at 03.00 up to August 18th at 07.00.
From August 18th at 07.00 up to August 25th at 00.01, transit will be allowed only through the lock chamber for vessel with the following dimensions:
Ro/Ro ships max 200 metres with working bow thruster
Cargo ships up to max 220 metres with working bow thruster and favourable current
Tankers ships max 170 metres with working bow thruster
From August 25th at 00.01 up to the start of positioning of structure MB-B04 (expected on September 2nd), transit will be allowed through the lock chamber for vessels within the above size limit and through channel for vessels over the above size limit with 2 tugs made fast and a maximum speed of 5 knots.
(For information about operations in Italy, contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at email@example.com)
Panama Canal Situation
August 15, 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 16 is 35 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. 4): 10 slots, no applicants
Second period Small vessel (slots for Sep. 4): 4 slots, no applicants
Third period Large vessel (slots for Aug. 17): 7 slots, 1 applicant, 6 slots left
Third period Small vessel (slots for Aug. 17): 4 slots, 1 applicant, 3 slots left
The Auction Booking Slots for Aug. 16 were not offered because there were normal booking slots still available.
For further information, please contact GAC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
Market Price Update 15/08/14
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