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GAC 01072014Lock closure for urgent maintenance work
August 25, 2014, Germany, Kiel Canal

Due to urgent maintenance work and further inspection, the Kiel Canal’s New Big South Lock Chamber at Brunsbuettel locks will be out service until Friday (29 August).

During this period, the New Big North Lock Chamber and the Small South Lock Chamber will remain in service.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

Lock closure notice
August 25, 2014, United Kingdom, Hull

In order to complete urgent repairs to the inner gates at King George Dock Lock, the lock to be closed to all shipping from 0930 to 1730 on Friday (29 August).

For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

Measures to counter spread of Ebola
August 25, 2014, South Africa, all ports

South Africa’s Department of Health has published a Cabinet decision with regards to measures to counter and control the potential spread of Ebola from West African countries where outbreaks have been reported.

Cases of the disease have been reported in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Nigeria, and recently an increase in the number of cases has been noted in the first three.

The Department of Health has taken measures in South Africa to enhance surveillance, distribute guidelines to all hospitals in public and private sectors, designate health facilities for the treatment of patients, deployed personal protective equipment (PPE) to designated facilities, conducted training, activated outbreak response teams and is operating a hotline for clinicians through the National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD).

Countries have been divided into three categories:

1. High risk countries (Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone);

2. Medium risk countries (Nigeria, Kenya and Ethiopia). Some of these countries – like Kenya and Ethiopia – have no Ebola yet, but are mentioned here because most people travelling from West Africa to South Africa travel via these countries;

3. Low risk countries (all other countries excluding the above)

For high risk countries, there are four types of travelers likely to enter South Africa:

(a) South Africans based in the affected countries;

(b) People with permanent residence status who may come from affected countries;

(c) South Africans who may be traveling to affected countries to conduct business;

and

(d) Citizens of the affected countries who want to travel to South Africa

For all these travellers, Cabinet decided as follows:

* A total travel ban for all non-citizens travelling from these high risk countries, unless the travel is considered absolutely essential;

* For citizens of South Africa who wish to travel to these countries, they will be requested to delay their travel unless it is also absolutely essential for them to travel;

*ƒnFor South African citizens returning from these countries, they will have to be subjected to a stricter screening process that is as follows:

– Completing a comprehensive health questionnaire before being allowed entry back into the country;

– If the comprehensive medical questionnaire and the temperature screening reveal something, they will have to subject themselves to a complete medical examination.

For medium and low risk countries, the ongoing normal surveillance will be enhanced.

For further details and information about operations in South Africa, contact GAC South Africa at shipping.capetown@gac.com

Marine Works in Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter
August 25, 2014, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately 4 months, marine works involving site investigation, dredging operations, temporary reclamation, construction of temporary seawall and construction of tunnel will be carried out in the following areas in Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter:

AREA 1:

This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (I) and the adjacent shoreline:

(A) 22º 17.056’N / 114º 10.998’E

(B) 22º 17.064’N / 114º 11.019’E

(C) 22º 17.086’N / 114º 11.030’E

(D) 22º 17.068’N / 114º 11.071’E

(E) 22º 17.024’N / 114º 11.093’E

(F) 22º 17.017’N / 114º 11.084’E

(G) 22º 17.008’N / 114º 11.082’E

(H) 22º 16.987’N / 114º 11.033’E

(I) 22º 16.940’N / 114º 10.995’E

AREA 2:

This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (J) to (O) and the adjacent shoreline:

(J) 22º 17.198’N / 114º 11.334’E

(K) 22º 17.096’N / 114º 11.231’E

(L) 22º 17.147’N / 114º 11.181’E

(M) 22º 17.196’N / 114º 11.240’E

(N) 22º 17.199’N / 114º 11.253’E

(O) 22º 17.243’N / 114º 11.299’E

AREA 3:

This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (P) to (S) and the adjacent shoreline:

(P) 22º 17.084’N / 114º 11.300’E

(Q) 22º 17.128’N / 114º 11.331’E

(R) 22º 17.155’N / 114º 11.336’E

(S) 22º 17.163’N / 114º 11.346’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one grab dredger, one backhoe pontoon, one flat top barge, two jack-up platforms, two split hopper barges, three bucket pontoons and four derrick barges. Some tugs and some guard boats will provide assistance. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 25 metres around the backhoe pontoon and each jack-up platform will be established. Yellow flashing lights will be installed at the four corners of the backhoe pontoon and each jack-up platform to indicate their positions.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around the dredger and each barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the dredger and the barges.

Several silt curtains extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works areas. Each silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow markers fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtains.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 2300 hours. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the works will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.105 of 2014

Repairs for Light Beacon off Sha Lo Wan
August 25, 2014, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately 3 months, repair works for a light beacon are being carried out [off Sha Lo Wan, Lantau Island] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):

(A) 22 deg. 17.544’N / 113 deg. 53.878’E

(B) 22 deg. 17.511’N / 113 deg. 53.878’E

(C) 22 deg. 17.511’N / 113 deg. 53.831’E

(D) 22 deg. 17.544’N / 113 deg. 53.831’E

The works will be carried out by a backhoe pontoon. One tug will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 15 metres will be established around the backhoe pontoon. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the pontoon.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow markers fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

The hours of work will be from 0700 hours to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.104 of 2014

GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
Market Price Update 25/08/14

COUNTRY 180 CST 380 CST MGO MDO
Aberdeen 0 0 883.00 0
Aden 760.00 685.00 1, 100.00 0
Alexandria 755.00 655.00 1, 180.00 0
Amsterdam 594.00 569.00 842.00 0
Antwerp 590.00 565.00 838.00 0
Aqaba 0 730.00 1, 050.00 0
Bahrain 0 0 1, 025.00 0
Bergen 646.00 623.00 897.00 0
Busan 630.00 610.00 905.00 895.00
Cape Town 639.00 0 932.00 0
Colombo 695.00 660.00 1, 020.00 0
Dubai 628.00 618.00 852.00 0
Durban 611.00 0 1, 008.00 0
Fujairah 596.00 595.00 980.00 0
Gibraltar 644.00 610.00 892.00 0
Hambantota 659.00 642.00 1, 000.00 0
Hong Kong 606.00 598.00 894.00 0
Houston 660.00 575.00 941.00 0
Istanbul 623.00 597.00 913.00 0
Jeddah 715.00 658.00 1, 085.00 0
Kaohsiung 649.00 639.00 990.00 975.00
Kuwait 0 636.00 1, 250.00 0
Lerwick 0 0 924.00 0
Malta 673.00 650.00 860.00 0
Montrose 0 0 923.00 0
Mumbai 624.00 616.00 1, 090.00 0
New York & New Jersey 642.00 585.00 938.00 0
Panama 670.00 576.00 1, 010.00 0
Piraeus 640.00 615.00 885.00 0
Port Louis 740.00 695.00 1, 007.00 0
Port Said 760.00 665.00 1, 085.00 0
Qatar 0 0 920.00 0
Richards Bay 627.00 0 1, 016.00 0
Rio de Janeiro 606.00 582.00 995.00 0
Rotterdam 580.00 562.00 835.00 0
Salalah 695.00 645.00 1, 125.00 0
Shanghai 638.00 614.00 1, 025.00 0
Sharjah 628.00 618.00 852.00 0
Singapore 598.00 585.00 875.00 0
Sohar 0 645.00 1, 030.00 0
St Petersburg 476.00 436.00 790.00 0
Stavanger 0 0 904.00 0
Suez 715.00 658.00 1, 085.00 0
Walvis Bay 696.00 0 1, 043.00 0
West Africa OFFSHORE – FROM ABIDJAN TO LUANDA 0 667.00 1, 033.00 0

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