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GAC 01072014Fender pile replacement works at ferry pier
March 27, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately 6 months, fender pile replacing works will be carried out [at Kwun Tong Vehicular Ferry Pier] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):

(A) 22 deg. 18.503’N / 114 deg. 13.240’E

(B) 22 deg. 18.479’N / 114 deg. 13.258’E

(C) 22 deg. 18.447’N / 114 deg. 13.212’E

(D) 22 deg. 18.471’N / 114 deg. 13.193’E

The works will be carried out by a crane barge.

A working area of approximately 25 metres around the barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barge.

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessel employed for the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Vessel engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(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.44 of 2015

New site occupation charge introduced
March 27, 2015, Australia, Port Kembla

NSW Ports, the private lease holder of Port Kembla ports, has introduced a new site occupation charge.

The charge of $350.66 per hour is in effect at all BlueScope Steel Berths (109-113) since 1 February.

Site occupation is charged for any cargo considered as non-consumption or 3rd party cargoes.

Consumption cargoes are all import cargoes for steel making, e.g. iron ore, limestone etc., are exempt from the site occupation charge. The charge is applicable to all other cargoes when handled across these berths. Site occupation is charged against the vessel.

NSW Ports have also introduced wharfage charges at the BlueScope Berths 109-113, charged against the cargo owner e.g. shipper and or consignee.

The new charges are currently under dispute, however NSW Ports have behun issuing invoices where applicable. Updates will be provided as they become available.

For further details and information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Traffic disrupted by fog
March 27, 2015, Turkey, Turkish Straits

Fog disrupted traffic in the Turkish Straits this morning (Friday 27 March).

Transits through the Istanbul Strait were halted between 0630 and 1030 hours local time, and in Canakkale from 0710 hours local time.

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

Transit waiting times
March 27, 2015, Panama, Panama Canal

Non-booked regular sized vessels wishing to transit the Panama Canal face a wait of approximately 5-6 days.

There has been a dramatic increase in the transit backlog as a result of several factors, including heavy arrivals in February/March, averaging 35.8 per day whilst transits average 35.1 transits (approximately 25 panamaxes per day), and extremely high booking utilization (over 97%).

For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com

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