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GAC 01072014Dredging in New Castle Range
October 07, 2014, United States, Delaware River

Dredging work is underway in the New Castle Range of the Delaware River and will continue until November 15.

According to the Marine Safety Information Bulletin No.36-14 issued by the U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay, a safety zone is established closing Pea Patch Island anchorage #5 and the upper portion of Reedy Point South anchorage #3.

All vessels are prohibited from transiting or anchoring in Pea Patch Island anchorage #5 for the duration of the operation.

The safety zone for Reedy Point South anchorage #3 is north of a line drawn between positions 39° 33’7.5″N/75° 33’2.0″W and 39° 33’8.8″N/75° 32’31.8″W, as charted on NOAA chart 12311. Vessels transiting to or from the Chesapeake and Delaware Canal should transit through this area to avoid interfering with the dredge ESSEX and all related dredge equipment.

The dredge ESSEX is operating in New Castle Range, working from north to south in the channel, starting in the vicinity of Killcohook National Wildlife Refuge. Mariners are cautioned to remain a safe distance away from the dredge, buoys, cables, pipeline, barges, derricks, wires, and related equipment.

Submerged pipeline will be placed to facilitate dredging. Monitor VHF channel 16 for information on the pipe-laying operation.

Traffic should call the dredge ESSEX at least 30 minutes prior to passage. The dredge ESSEX will monitor VHF channels 13 and 16. Mariners are urged to use extreme caution and operate at minimum steerage speed to reduce wake when transiting the area.

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

Stop work meeting called
October 07, 2014, Australia, all ports

A 4-hours stop work meeting has been formally notified by the MUA at the PB Towage operations at the ports of Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Newcastle on Friday 10 October.

This comes after PB Towage and the respective maritime unions failed to reach a settlement on the renewal of the PB Towage Enterprise Agreement.

Negotiations are continuing, with the unions due to report back through the Fair Work Commission on Monday 13 October.

PB Towage advise they are pursuing all avenues to avert the stoppage on Friday, but it looks set to proceed as follows:

– BRISBANE: 1100–1500 hours


For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Source: Sydney , Brisbane , Melbourne & Newcastle

National Holiday in Ecuador
October 07, 2014, Ecuador, all ports

Most public services in Ecuador will be closed on Friday 10 October, due to a National Holiday. Ports and terminals, however, will work normally during the day.

(For information about operations in Ecuador or elsewhere in the Americas, contact the GAC USA Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: Ultramar Network Ecuador – GAC agent

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