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GAC 01072014De-watering operations
January 15, 2015, Germany, Kiel Canal

Due to persistent rainfall, the Kiel Canal Authority has commenced de-watering operations at Brunsbuttel until late afternoon today (15 January). All lock chambers are in use for this operation and no traffic through the lock is possible.

Consequently the current waiting times prior to entering the Kiel Canal for ships with LOA >125m and/or draft >6, 50 are:

– Kiel-Holtenau: about 5 hours

– Brunsbuttel: about 8 hours

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

Source: Satori & Berger – GAC agent

West Coast ports “approaching gridlock”
January 15, 2015, United States, all ports

The U.S. is experiencing delays at some major ports due to congestion and labor issues, with the Pacific Maritime Association (PMA) warning that operations at the five largest ports on the West Coast are approaching gridlock.

The PMA, which represents management in contract talks with the International Longshore and Warehouse Union (ILWU), said this week that more than two months of ILWU staged slowdowns had reduced terminal productivity at the five largest ports on the West Coast. The ILWU said last week the shortage of yard crane operators was a consequence of PMA’s refusal – before the commencement of negotiations – to adequately train.

A federal mediator has been asked to get involved in contract negotiations. To date, the ILWU and PMA have reached tentative agreements on health care and increases to pay guarantees.

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

Bridge construction at Semakau Landfill
January 15, 2015, Singapore, Singapore

From 19 January to 19 April, works for the construction of a bridge will be carried out at Semakau Landfill.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.07 of 2015, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

1) 01 deg. 11.493’N / 103 deg. 46.394’E

2) 01 deg. 11.509’N / 103 deg. 46.413’E

3) 01 deg. 11.494’N / 103 deg. 46.427’E

4) 01 deg. 11.478’N / 103 deg. 46.412’E

The construction work will involve the excavation of soil, erection of formwork and working platform, column construction and beam structural work.

Craft will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:

a) Keep well clear and not to enter the working area;

b) Maintain a proper lookout;

c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;

d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (West Control);


e) Communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

Restrictions during Papal visit
January 15, 2015, Philippines, Manila

The Philippines Coast Guard has advised that the following additions restrictions have been put in place in Manila for the visit of Pope Francis, who is due to arrive in the country today (15 January):

Areas affected: MICT, North Harbor and Harbor Center


A) Lat 14 deg. 35’41″N / Long 120 deg. 56’36″E

B) Lat 14 deg. 36’11″N / Long 120 deg. 55’47″E

C) Lat 14 deg. 36’23″N / Long 120 deg. 55’47″E

D) Lat 14 deg. 38’03″N / Long 120 deg. 56’00″E

E) Lat 14 deg. 38’03″N / Long 120 deg. 56’30″E

No sailing in the Exclusive Zone during the following times:

16 Jan 2015 – from 3:00am to 8:00pm

18 Jan 2015 – from 3:00am to 8:00pm

All ships/watercrafts/vessels, regardless of tonnage, transiting the vicinity of the above mentioned areas during the above periods are advised not to enter/navigate within these areas and to abide by safety and security measures at all times.

For information about operations in the Philippines, contact GAC Philippines at philippines@gac.com

Dredging of entrance channel
January 15, 2015, Colombia, Cartagena

Due to ongoing dredging of the entrance channel at Cartagena, which will be dreged to 20.50 meters.

Due to the operations, inward/outward transit of vessels with a LOA of over 180m and beam more than 32m is suspended, except on the following dates when vessels will be able to transit without restrictions:

January 15, 2015

From 00:00 to 02:00 hrs

From 08:30 to 09:30 hrs

From 11:30 to 12:30 hrs

From 19:00 to 21:00 hrs

January 16, 2015

From 06:00 to 08:00 hrs

From 11:00 to 13:00 hrs

From 16:00 to 18:00 hrs

January 17, 2015

From 05:30 to 06:30 hrs

From 11:30 to 13:30 hrs

From 22:00 to 24:00 hrs

January 18, 2015

From 06:00 to 09:00 hrs

From 13:00 to 14:00 hrs

From 22:00 to 24:00 hrs

January 19, 2015

From 06:00 to 08:00 hrs

From 14:30 to 15:30 hrs

From 22:00 to 24:00 hrs

January 20, 2015

From 06:00 to 08:00 hrs

From 13:00 to 15:00 hrs

(For information about operations in Colombia, and elsewhere in the Americas, contact GAC’s Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: ISACOL S.A. – GAC agent

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