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GAC 01072014GAC 24×7 Helpdesk line restored
COUNTRY: Worldwide

The main phone line for the GAC 24×7 Helpdesk has been fully restored, following disruption earlier this week due to a local landline outage.

The round-the-clock service can now be contacted on +971-4-881 4457, as well as by mobile phone +971-50-656 3102 or email at 24×7@gac.com

During the disruption, a temporary number was made available to ensure that service to GAC’s clients continued uninterrupted.

Ship Channel reopened
March 06, 2015, United States, Houston, Texas

The U.S. Coast Guard Houston VTS reopened the Houston Ship Channel to all traffic yesterday afternoon (5 March).

Vessel movements had been halted between LT26 and LT42 in the Channel, following a collision between a chemical tanker and a container vessel. The collision is under investigation.

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

Revised depths announced
March 06, 2015, Australia, Bundaberg

As a result of the flooding of the Burnett River associated with Cyclone Marcia, the design and actual port navigation depths below port datum, Lowest Astronomical Tide, at Bundaberg are amended from today (6 March). The minimum departure depth at Bundaberg has decreased to 7.8m.

Further surveys will be undertaken when the flood waters have fully receded and the bottom has stabilised.

Sea Reach

– Design depth: 9.5m

– Actual depth: 8.0m

Middle Reach

– Design depth: 9.5m

– Actual depth: 8.5m

Inner Reach

– Design depth: 9.5m

– Actual depth: 7.8m* (revised)

Deep Draft Departure

– Design depth: 9.5m

– Actual depth: 8.3m

Swing Basin

– Design depth: 8.0m

– Actual depth: 6.8m

Oil Berth

– Design depth: 9.66m

– Actual depth: 8.4m

Bulk Sugar Terminal Berth

– Design depth: 11.0m

– Actual depth: 8.9m

The Deep Draft Departure Channel from the Bulk Sugar Terminal Berth to Middle Reach has a design depth of 9.5 metres and an actual depth of 8.3* metres (revised).

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

Svitzer Towage port tariff review 2015
March 06, 2015, Australia, all ports

On 1 April 2015, the [Svitzer Towage] tariff at the below ports will be adjusted by the corresponding percentage….

Adelaide Region

– Tariff adjustment: 3.5%


– Tariff adjustment: TBA

Ardrossan Lines

– Tariff adjustment: 5%


– Tariff adjustment: 3.5%


– Tariff adjustment: 2.5%


Readjustment of tariff by berth

Fremantle & Kwinana

– Tariff adjustment: 2.35% (7% Lines)


– Tariff adjustment: 5%


– Tariff adjustment: 0%


– Tariff adjustment: 0%


– Tariff adjustment: 3.5%


– Tariff adjustment: 0%


– Tariff adjustment: 5%

Port Botany

– Tariff adjustment: 3.5%

Port Jackson

– Tariff adjustment: 5%

Port Jackson Gore Cove

– Tariff adjustment: 5%

Port Kembla

– Tariff adjustment: 5%

Port Bonython

– Tariff adjustment: 5%

Port Giles

– Tariff adjustment: 5%

Port Pirie

– Tariff adjustment: 5%


– Tariff adjustment: 5%


– Tariff adjustment: 5%


– Tariff adjustment: 5%

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

Source: Svitzer Towage notice

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