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GAC 01072014     26-Nov-2015

PORT WORKERS VOTE IN FAVOUR OF STRIKES
Rotterdam, Netherlands
TOWAGE PRICE INCREASE IN THE NEW YEAR
Port Lincoln, Australia
SOIL INVESTIGATION WORKS
Singapore
Port workers vote in favour of strikes
Thursday, November 26, 2015, Rotterdam, Netherlands
Container workers at the Port of Rotterdam have voted to hold a series of 24-hour strikes in December and January in protest at possible job cuts.The planned strikes are in support of their union’s demand for guarantees of no layoffs for the coming nine years. Container employers have rejected that demand as unrealistic in contract talks which have been running since April and have now reached an impasse.The commissioning of two new highly-automated container terminals is expected to lead to the loss of 700 out of 4, 000 jobs in container throughput at the port in 2017.The strike committee has indicated that it will choose three days in December and three in January for strikes. The first is expected between 9 and 11 December.

For information about operations in Rotterdam contact GAC Netherlands at agency.rotterdam@gac.com

Towage price increase in the New Year
Thursday, November 26, 2015, Port Lincoln, Australia
Port Lincoln Tugs Pty Ltd has advised increases to the towage tariff at the ports of Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Bonython and Wallaroo.The following increases will be introduced commencing midnight on1t January 2016:
– Port Lincoln: increase of 2.1%
– Whyalla: increase of 2.0%
– Port Bonython: increase of 2.0%
– Wallaroo: increase of 2.6%For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Soil investigation works
Thursday, November 26, 2015, Singapore
From 27 November 2015 to 27 February 2016, soil investigation work will be conducted west of Tuas View, Johor Strait.According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.143 of 2015 dated 26 November 2015, the work will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area at the following borehole points (WGS 84 Datum):
BH 57) 103 deg. 37.83’E / 01 deg. 20.42’N
BH 58) 103 deg. 37.69’E / 01 deg. 20.26’N
BH 59) 103 deg. 37.58’E / 01 deg. 20.08’N
BH 60) 103 deg. 37.47’E / 01 deg. 19.58’N
BH 61) 103 deg. 37.35’E / 01 deg. 19.70’N
BH 62) 103 deg. 37.23’E / 01 deg. 19.51’N
BH 63) 103 deg. 37.12’E / 01 deg. 19.33’N
BH 64) 103 deg. 37.03’E / 01 deg. 19.15’N
BH 65) 103 deg. 37.06’E / 01 deg. 18.90’N
BH 66) 103 deg. 36.98’E / 01 deg. 18.71’N
BH 67) 103 deg. 36.89’E / 01 deg. 18.51’N
BH 68) 103 deg. 36.84’E / 01 deg. 18.30’N
BH 69) 103 deg. 36.78’E / 01 deg. 18.09’N
BH 70) 103 deg. 36.73’E / 01 deg. 17.88’N
BH 71) 103 deg. 36.61’E / 01 deg. 17.67’N
BH 72) 103 deg. 36.62’E / 01 deg. 17.46’N
BH 73) 103 deg. 36.56’E / 01 deg. 17.25’N
BH 74) 103 deg. 36.50’E / 01 deg. 17.04’N
BH 75) 103 deg. 36.45’E / 01 deg. 16.83’N
BH 76) 103 deg. 36.41’E / 01 deg. 16.61’N
BH 77) 103 deg. 36.34’E / 01 deg. 16.43’NThe soil investigation work will be carried out by means of borehole drilling using jack-up barges. The jack-up barges, with tug boats in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 30 meters radius centred at the barges.Tugboats will be used for shifting the barges from one borehole location to another. The shifting of the barges will be carried out during daylight hours only.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft of the project work.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear and not to enter the working area;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control);
and
e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

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