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GAC 01072014New tug jetty
April 23, 2015, Angola, Soyo

A new finger pier has been constructed in the Port of Soyo at the following location:

Lat 6 deg. 06.95担, Long 12 deg. 20.55脱;

Lat 6 deg. 06.96担, Long 12 deg. 20.56脱;

Lat 6 deg. 07.10S, Long 12 deg. 20.50脱;

Lat 6 deg. 07.11担, Long 12 deg. 20.51E.

A navigation light is fitted at the northern end of the pier with characteristic 2 Fl R (vert).

The finger pier is the operating base for the Angola LNG marine services provider, Svitzer Angola Lda.

For information about operations in Angola contact GAC Angola at angola@gac.com

Yemen ports update: 23 April 2015
April 23, 2015, Yemen, all ports

The ports of Hodeidah, Saleef, Mokha and Ras Isa port (loading port for crude oil) are still operating normally with the level of security in the hinterland.

All discharging operations are going well without any disruption.

For information about operations in Yemen contact GAC Yemen at yemen@gac.com

Port closures update (23 April)
April 23, 2015, Australia, Newcastle

The low pressure system has now moved away off the New South Wales coast and ports which closed have started resuming operations as normal.

At Port Kembla, normal operations started again from 1700 hours local time yesterday (22 April).

In the Sydney are, Port Botany and Port Jackson re-opened from 0830 hours yesterday and now working as normal.

At Newcastle, however, the situation remains largely unchanged, with flood waters and channel markers still stopping shipping. The Port Authority’s Advice today (23 April) states:


During the storm we received damage to a number of navigation aids. The first priority is the entrance approach buoy, which was moved 150 metres off station into the channel by the large swells. Now that the swell has reduced to 3 metres from Tuesday’s peak of 13 metres, we can attempt to remove this buoy from the channel. Our priority is to remove the buoy as quickly and as safely as we can so that limited vessel movements can commence. The Harbour Master has declared the river in fresh due to the Hunter River flooding upstream. This will mean that movements will be restricted due to the fresh water. The Harbour Master will assess each individual vessel movement with likely restrictions and a limited start up. We have been advised that the Hunter River in the port may not reach its peak for 48 hours.


The rail line is still closed at Hexham with trains banked up awaiting access to terminals. It is believed that terminals are still to complete loading a couple of vessels due to electrical and flooding issues, and it is possible that power may not be restored to all of the Hunter/Newcastle area until sometime on the weekend.

Reports from local shippers indicate that they are implementing a Force Majeure for this storm damage delay.

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

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