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Port Hedland, Australia
Hong Kong
Port to increase shipping capacity
Friday, November 20, 2015, Port Hedland, Australia
Modelling work over the past two years by the Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) has identified opportunities to increase the shipping capacity in Port Hedland’s channel over the next three years to as much as 577 million tonnes a year.According to PPA, the current modelled export capacity of Port Hedland port is 495 million tonnes. It achieved a record throughput of 447 million tonnes in the 2015 financial year, of which iron ore accounted for 440 million tonnes.The modelling, conducted in collaboration with independent maritime engineering company OMC International, found that if a number of innovations and efficiencies at the port were implemented it could bump up the channel’s capacity.The port is responsible for about 30% of global seaborne iron-ore trade.

Port users have an allocated export capacity under “A and B classes” but can also apply for extra “D class” shipping rights which are offered once their allocated capacity has been reached but further capacity remains within the rest of the port. The increased availability at the port would not change the A and B class capacity allocated to each user but would add to the available unallocated D-class capacity.

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

Marine Site Investigation off Nim Wan
Friday, November 20, 2015, Hong Kong
For approximately 2 months, marine site investigation works involving drilling of boreholes and cone penetration tests will be carried out in the area bounded by straight lines joining (A) to (B), (B) to (C) and (D) to (E), and shorelines in-between these straight lines.The co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) of (A), (B), (C), (D) and (E) are as follows:
(A) 22 deg. 25.402’N / 113 deg. 55.655’E
(B) 22 deg. 25.421’N / 113 deg. 55.697’E
(C) 22 deg. 25.414’N / 114 deg. 55.748’E
(D) 22 deg. 25.230’N / 114 deg. 55.690’E
(E) 22 deg. 25.239’N / 114 deg. 55.669’EThe works will be carried out by one jack-up barge. One tug and one work boat will provide assistance. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.A working area of approximately 25 metres around the jack-up barge will be established. Yellow flashing lights will be installed at the four corners of the barge to indicate the position of the barge.

The hours of work will be from 0800 hours to 1800 hours from Monday to Saturday. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Vessels 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.164 of 2015 dated 19 November 2015

Visit visas for crew members
Friday, November 20, 2015, Indonesia
Ships’ crews who want to spend few days’ vacation prior to joining their vessel Ship can use a Visit Visa if they enter Indonesia by the following ports or airports:PORTS:
1) Bandar Bentan Telani Lagoi (Tanjung Uban – Kepri)
2) Bandar Seri Udara Lobam (Tanjung Uban – Kepri)
3) Batam Centre (Batam – Kepri)
4) Citra Tri Tunas (Batam – Kepri)
5) Marine Teluk Senimba (Batam – Kepri)
6) Nongsa Terminal Bahari (Batam – Kepri)
7) Sekupang (Batam – Kepri)
8) Sri Bintan Pura (Tanjung Pinang – Kepri)
9) Tanjung Balai Karimun (TBK – Kepri)AIRPORTS:
1) Hang Nadin, Batam
2) Juanda, Surabaya
3) Kualanamu, Medan
4) Ngurah Rai, Bali
5) Soekarno-HattaCrew members joining the ship with passport of less than 6 months validity will be repatriated home. For crew sign off, if their flight does not transit into Indonesian territory, it will be given dispensation, but they need to inform Immigration Office for further dispensation.

The following countries are granted Visa on arrival:Aljazair, Andorra, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belarus, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Kuwait, Latvia, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Maldives, Malta, Mexico, Monaco, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Poland, Portugal, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Seychelles, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Timor Leste, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and USA.

For information about operations in Indonesia contact PT Andhika GAC at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

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