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GAC 01072014Terminal operations continuing despite strike threat
December 17, 2014, Nigeria, Bonny

Operations at Bonny NLNG Terminal and BRT are continuing smoothly and without disruption, despite a threatened indefinite strike by the Maritime Workers of Nigeria Union (MWUN).

At the weekend, the union had notified the relevant authorities of the intention to shut down the country’s ports, if the latest ultimatum given to the government to address pending issues passed without any action by Monday, 15 December.

For information about operations in Nigeria contact GAC Nigeria at nigeria@gac.com

Limited anchorage space in San Francisco Bay
December 17, 2014, United States, San Francisco, California

Numerous factors have impacted the availability of general anchorage space for deep draft vessels in the San Francisco Bay Area. As of December 16, 2014, most of the berths in General Anchorages 8 and 9 in San Francisco Bay are occupied. The remaining 9 berths have limited depth and may not accommodate deeper draft vessels.

Over the next few days, several vessels are scheduled to arrive from sea or shift from cargo terminals to anchorage berths. In the event that suitable anchorage space is not available, owners, agents and crews should be prepared to make alternate mooring arrangements or expect that the vessel will need to remain at sea until safe anchorage space becomes available within the designated San Francisco Bay anchorages as defined in 33CFR110.224.

Parties are advised to plan ahead and contact the Vessel Traffic Service at (415) 399-7410 or VHF-FM Channel 12 to determine which anchorage berths may be available. Once a berth is identified, please contact the San Francisco Bar Pilots at (415) 393-0457 to determine if available berths are suitable to safely anchor your ship.

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector San Francisco, Marine Safety and Security Information Bulletin (MSIB) 14-10 dated 16 December 2014

Port holidays announced
December 17, 2014, Indonesia, Batam

Batam Port and the Batam Port Labours Union have announced the following holidays at the port during the upcoming Christmas and New Year period.

No work will be conducted at the port between 1700 hours local time on 24 December and 0800 hours local time on 26 December.

Work will cease again at 17.00 hours local time on 31 December and resume at 0800 hours local time on 2 January 2015.

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

Changes to Adamasta Rock Light Beacon
December 17, 2014, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

From 23 December 2014, the light characteristics and the type of structure of the Adamasta Rock light beacon will be changed.

The details are as follows:


22º 13.42’N / 114º 01.39’E (WGS 84 Datum)

New light characteristics:

Fl (2) 10s

New type of structure:

Black concrete tower with a single broad horizontal red band

Top mark:

Two black spheres, one above the other

Other particulars remain the same.

(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.159 of 2014

Amended port navigation depths
December 17, 2014, Australia, Townsville

The Port of Townsville Ltd. has advised of new depths for channels and berths.

According to the Queensland Notice to Mariners

717 (Temporary) of 2014 dated 16 December 2014, the actual navigation depths below port datum, Lowest Astronomical Tide, have been amended as follows:

Outer Harbour (Arrival Channel)

Actual Depth: 6.1m

Outer Harbour (Departure Channel)

Actual Depth: 9.8m

Sea Channel

Actual Depth: 11.9m*

Platypus Channel

Actual Depth: 11.9m*

Inner Harbour

Actual Depth: 11.1m*

No.1 Berth Pocket

Actual Depth: 12.1m*

No.2 Berth Pocket

Actual Depth: 12.1m*

No.3 Berth Pocket

Actual Depth: 11.7m*

No.4 Berth Pocket

Actual Depth: 9.7m*

No.7 Berth Pocket

Actual Depth: 11.0m*

Between No.7 and No.8

Actual Depth: 12.4m*

(seaward of zero mark at No.7)

No.8 Berth Pocket

Actual Depth: 13.0m

No.9 Berth Pocket

Actual Depth: 11.4m*

Between No.9 and No.10

Actual Depth: 7.3m

(seaward of zero mark at No.10)

No.10 Berth Pocket

Actual Depth: 11.2m

No.11 Berth Pocket

Actual Depth: 11.0m

Ross River Channel

Actual Depth: 2.2m

(entrance to beacon No.6)

Ross River

no declared depth upstream of Beacon No.6

Ross Creek

no declared depth

* Revised entries

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

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