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Teesport, UK
Houston, USA
Corpus Christi, USA
Stockton, USA
Gladstone, Australia
Southwestern Mexico
Jetty closure for maintenance work
Friday, October 23, 2015, Teesport, UK
Essential annual maintenance works will be carried out at the Vopak Jetty 2 in Teesport on Tuesday 27 October. To accommodate the work, the jetty will be closed between 0800 and 1800 hours local time.For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

Ship Channel re-opened
Friday, October 23, 2015, Houston, USA
As of 1514 hours local time yesterday (22 October), the Houston Ship Channel in the vicinity of Kinder Morgan Galena Park is open to all traffic.For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

Boarding suspended due to rough seas
Friday, October 23, 2015, Corpus Christi, USA
The Aransas Corpus Christi Pilots suspended boarding vessels for inbound and outbound traffic from the Port of Corpus Christi due to rough seas at 1455 CDT yesterday (22 October).UPDATE: The Aransas Corpus Christi Pilots will resume boarding vessels for outbound traffic from the Port of Corpus Christi beginning at 0930 hours local time today (23 October).

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

Transit restrictions introduced
Friday, October 23, 2015, Stockton, USA
The Stockton Pilots have been monitoring the water hyacinth on the San Joaquin for the past several months. The density has been increasing and is once again becoming a safety concern. We have also noticed the first signs of the winter “tule-fog”. The combination of dense water-hyacinth floating on the water which shows on the radar as a target and makes it almost impossible to see the channel edges and the first signs of tule-fog, make for transiting the San Joaquin River during dark hours unsafe.Therefore,   due to the high concentration of water-hyacinth and the beginning of the fog on the San Joaquin River and the Stockton Deep Water Ship Channel, the Stockton Commissioned Pilots are restricting movements on the San Joaquin to daylight only (DLO) up-river from New York Point.
This will begin at 0600 on Thursday, October 22, 2015.

The Pilots will continue to monitor the situation on the San Joaquin River and when the conditions change, we will inform you about the changes in these restrictions.

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

Source: Notification from Commissioned Stockton and Sacramento Pilot

Deepening of shipping channel
Friday, October 23, 2015, Gladstone, Australia
Gladstone Ports Corporation will spend about $100 million deepening a shipping channel near the RG Tanna Coal Terminal. The project will remove two million cubic metres of dredging from the Clinton by-pass channel as a safety measure to protect ships berthed at the coal terminal.Currently, the channel is 13 metres deep, sufficient for the shallow draft LNG vessels and other Panamax ships which have traditionally travelled to wharves above the coal terminal. With the advent of the Wiggins Island Coal Export terminal, deeper draft Cape Class will be needed, hence the project to deepen the channel to 16m.

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

Strongest eastern North Pacific hurricane on record heading for potentially catastrophic landfall
Friday, October 23, 2015, Southwestern Mexico
At 700 AM CDT (1200 UTC), the eye of Hurricane Patricia was located near latitude 17.3 North, longitude 105.6 West. Patricia is moving toward the north-northwest near 12 mph (19 km/h). A turn toward the north is expected later this morning, followed by a turn toward the north-northeast this afternoon. On the forecast track, the core of Patricia will make landfall in the hurricane warning area this afternoon or evening.Maximum sustained winds remain near 200 mph (325 km/h) with higher gusts.  Patricia is a category 5 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale.  Some fluctuations in intensity are possible today, but Patricia is expected to remain an extremely dangerous Category 5 hurricane through landfall.

Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 30 miles (45 km) from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 175 miles (280 km).

The estimated minimum central pressure is 880 mb (25.99 inches).

Hurricane conditions are expected to first reach the hurricane warning area this afternoon.  Tropical storm conditions are beginning to spread across portions of the warning area. Preparations to protect life and property should be rushed to completion.  Hurricane conditions are possible in the hurricane watch area later today.

Patricia is expected to produce total rainfall accumulations of 8 to 12 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 20 inches, over the Mexican states of Nayarit, Jalisco, Colima, Michoacan and Guerrero through Saturday.  These rains could produce life-threatening flash floods and mud slides.

An extremely dangerous storm surge is expected to produce significant coastal flooding near and to the right of where the center makes landfall. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

Swells generated by Patricia are already affecting portions of the southern coast of Mexico, and will spread northwestward during the next day or so. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

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

Source: National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Hurricane Patricia Intermediate Advisory No.14A issued at 700am CDT on Friday, 23 October 2015

Southwestern Mexico

Change to documents for crew changes
Friday, October 23, 2015, Turkey
Effective this month, medical certificate will be required for all crew members involved in cre changes at Turkish ports.The documents required during crew change from officers are:
– Passport (valid at least 65 days)
– Seaman’s book
– Original flag endorsements
– Medical certificate ***

and from crew and visitors:
– Passport (valid at least 65 days)
– Seaman’s book
– Original flag endorsements (optional)
– Medical certificate ***
edical certificates may be arranged by GAC Turkey in a matter of hours, provided advance notice of this requirement is given.

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

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