Brazos Pilots Association in Freeport, Texas, advise that a 600-700′ long wire is presenting a hazard to vessels in the north Freeport general anchorage.
According to advice from the Association, yesterday (25 August) one of its inbound vessels came off anchor from the anchorage, and while heaving the anchor, it was determined that a 1 1/8-1 1/4′ wire was fouled in the anchor. The wire was cut and the vessel was able to proceed to berth.
The obstruction continues to exist at Lat 28 deg. 53.691N, Long 095 deg. 11.704W, laying in a general east/west direction and constitutes a hazard to vessels anchoring in or near the location.
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August 26, 2014, Australia, Port Kembla
Due to approaching heavy weather, Port Kembla anchorage is closed to shipping. All ships at the anchorage must heave anchor and stay about 12NM from the coast.
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Miraflores locks lane outage
August 26, 2014, Panama, Panama Canal
The Panama Canal has invoked booking Condition 2 for the duration of Miraflores locks lane outage from 26 August to 2 September.
This will reduce the amount of booking slots available per day to 10 supers and 6 regulars. All slots for supers are taken 26 August-2 September. Auction Booking Slots will be offered normally for this maintenance period.
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