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GAC 01072014Channel draft increased
March 26, 2015, United States, Bayport, Texas

Houston Pilots have advised that the maximum draft in the Bayport Channel has reverted to 40′ fresh water draft after the completion of dredging on the north side of the channel in the area that had been shoaled in.

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

Container storage & clearance charges increased
March 26, 2015, Qatar, all ports

Changes to sea port charges have been implemented in Qatar, as per the decision of the country’s Council of Ministers.

20′ containers (clear in approx. 3–7 days, depending on weekend & availability of paperwork):

– Time starts from when container arrives in the port yard.

– First three days the port storage (including the day it arrived) will be free.

– Day 4, 5 & 6, port charges QAR 60 (US$ 16.50) per day.

– Daily charge of QAR 120 (US$ 33) from 7th day onwards.

40′ containers (clear in approx. 3–7 days, depending on weekend & availability of paperwork)

– As above, but from 4th day, prices are double.

– Day 4, 5 & 6, port charges QAR 120 (US$ 33.00) per day.

– Daily charge of QAR 240 (US$ 66) from 7th day onwards.

LCL Shipments/Groupage (clear in approx. 9–14 days, depending on availability of required paperwork)

Container consolidator will charge each individual consignment a pro-rated fee equal to the amount of cubic meters divided by the total amount of cubic meters in the container. As clearing an LCL shipment is a longer process than a sole container, the indicative minimum fee is approximately QAR 450 per cubic metre (US$ 100 per cubic metre) on top of the normal LCL charges of US$ 85-120 per cubic metre.

Changes have also been made to port fees across the board related to – among others – storage/demurrage of general goods, yard storage, warehousing, and automobiles.

For further details and information about operations in Qatar, contact GAC Qatar at qatar@gac.com

Laying & backfilling for bridge construction
March 26, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Laying and backfilling operations of the precast tunnel segment will be carried out at the Hong Kong – Zhuhai – Macao Bridge work site for a period of approximately two weeks.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Extract from Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.45 of 2015

Additional safety measures during bridge works
March 26, 2015, Turkey, Izmit

Additional sea traffic and navigational safety measures have been implemented as a result of a technical problem encountered over the course of the ongoing Gebze-Izmir Highway Gulf of Izmit Passage Bridge Superstructure Works (in the Gulf of Izmit), on the territorial waters between Cape of Dil and Cape of Kaba.

According to the Kocaeli Port Authority’s Navigation Warning, the width of previously-declared safe navigation lock surrounded by buoys has been reduced from 1000 meters to 650 meters, and buoys has been re-located to the newly-arranged coordinates, as follows:

(R: Red buoys G: Green buoys)

R-1 40 deg. 45′.48 K – 029 deg. 30′.19 D G-1 40 deg. 45′.010 K – 029 deg. 30′.019 D

R-2 40 deg. 45′.441 K – 029 deg. 30.748’D G-2 40 deg. 45′.072 K – 29 deg. 30′.617 D

R-3 40 deg. 45′.408 K – 029 deg. 31′.374 D G-3 40 deg. 45′.009 K – 29 deg. 31′.222 D

This is a provisional arrangement. Once the situation on the bridge has been restored, the buoys will be returned to their former locations and navigation lock will be extended back.

However, during this period, in order to ensure navigational safety;

– During the daytime, except for specific circumstances (too heavy tonnage vessels) maritime traffic in East-West direction will be maintained in two-way, but vessels will navigate far from the middle duct and closer to navigation lock.

– At night, one-way sea traffic is allowed between above-referred buoys; vessels to navigate in such a manner that they do not come by each other;

– Coordination of maritime traffic will be managed by Dekaº-Medmarine Consortium, authorized pilotage and towage organization in the region. All vessels (including guided, unguided and military vessels) will always follow the instructions to be sent through wireless (WHF) channel 16 and 12;

– All vessels navigating in this region will have uninterrupted listening to wireless (WHF) channel 16 and 12;

– All vessels have open and active Automatic Identification System (AIS);

– A patrol boat responsible for warning the vessels all night long will be deployed by the responsible firm, IHI; all warnings and communications made by this patrol boat shall be considered as instructions of our Authority, and the same shall be strictly obeyed;

– Vessels will never anchor within the said region including emergency cases;

– Vessels, before navigating in the region, will absolutely conduct engine tests and check their navigation-related equipment including steering systems, lanterns, horns, VHG (wireless), automatic identification system (AIS), etc., and will record that the same are all in working order and good condition in their respective logbook.

For information about operations in in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

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