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Suez Canal. Egypt

Suez Canal Global Conference

The Suez Canal Authority is organising a global conference entitled “Suez Canal Global Conference: Opportunities and Challenges (SCGC)”, as a part of its intention to get a direct and effective contact with its main customers and the main players in the shipping market.

The conference will be held from 22 to 24 February 2016, at JW Marriott, Cairo, Egypt.

Alongside the conference sessions, there will be some workshops attended by relevant specialists to discuss the most important issues related to the Suez Canal operation and its policies. A session concerning the Suez Canal Development project will be on the agenda as well.

The conference activities will include site visits to the New Suez Canal which was opened for international Navigation on August 6, 2015.

It will be a great opportunity if you attend the conference and its related activities, meet with key specialists in the shipping market, representatives from the major shipping lines and SCA executives to exchange ideas and opinions in order to further enhance the services provided by the SCA.

For further information, please visit www.suezcanalconf.com or contactscgc@suezcanalconf.com

For information about operations in the Suez Canal contact GAC Egypt atsuezcanal@gac.com

SDS Lubuk Gaung Port, Indonesia

New berth and dockage tariff

The new tariff for berth and dockage for vessels at Special Port PT Sari Dumati Sejati is as follows:

DOCKAGE TARIFF:

GRT X (Cargo Total/Variable Tariff) X IDR 2.255

BERTH TARIFF FOR OVERSEAS SHIPPING:

GRT x Etmal X IDR 1.183

There is no change for domestic shipping.

The new tariff is applicable from 1 January 30 June 2016.

For information about operations in Indonesia, contact PT GAC Andhika Jakarta atshipping.indonesia@gac.com

Hong Kong

Survey of submarine gas pipeline

For approximately two weeks, close potential survey will be carried out along a survey route  [between To Kwa Wan and Quarry Bay] formed by joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (I):

  • (A) 22 deg. 18.769’N / 114 deg. 11.515’E
  • (B) 22 deg. 18.764’N / 114 deg. 11.635’E
  • (C) 22 deg. 18.576’N / 114 deg. 11.769’E
  • (D) 22 deg. 18.460’N / 114 deg. 11.899’E
  • (E) 22 deg. 18.348’N / 114 deg. 12.140’E
  • (F) 22 deg. 18.237’N / 114 deg. 12.282’E
  • (G) 22 deg. 18.099’N / 114 deg. 12.375’E
  • (H) 22 deg. 17.634’N / 114 deg. 12.571’E
  • (I) 22 deg. 17.563’N / 114 deg. 12.574’E

The works will be carried out by one survey vessel.

The survey works will be carried out by the survey vessel travelling at a speed about 2-3 knots and towing a side scan sensor approximately 5 metres astern of the vessel to cover a survey area of approximately 100 metres width along the survey route.

The hours of work will be from 0000 to 0800 hours and from 1800 to 2400 daily. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays.

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.hoingkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.9 of 2016 dated 11 January 2016

Australia

Industrial action confirmed

Svitzer Australia has confirmed that the AIMPE Engineers’ Union has proceeded with their planned industrial action on Svitzer operated tugs as various ports, as follows:

  • Geelong – 12-hour stoppage commenced at 0001 today (12 January). No delays to shipping movements.
  • Newcastle – 12-hour stoppage commenced at 0400 today. With current berthing restrictions in place due recent flooding events, approximately 8-10 movements are expected to be affected.
  • Sydney/Botany – 12-hour stoppage commenced at 1200 today. Minimal disruption expected, with 3 vessels to be affected at this stage, pending towage orders that may be changed.
  • Brisbane – 12-hour stoppage expected to commence at 0001 tomorrow (13 January). Approximately 5-6 vessels expected to be affected, pending towage orders that may change.
  • Melbourne – 12-hour stoppage to proceed from 1200 tomorrow. Approximnately 6-10 vessels expected to be affected across the port.

Fremantle/Kwinana – Expected stoppage from 0700 on Thursday 14 January.

AIMPE has also notified Svitzer of additional stoppages as follows:

  • Newcastle – 24-hour stoppage from 0001 on Friday 15 January.
  • Brisbane – 24-hour stoppage from 0001 on Saturday 16 January.
  • Adelaide – 24-hour stoppage from 0001 on Saturday 16 January.
  • Melbourne & Geelong – 24-hour stoppage from 0001 on Sunday 17 January.
  • Sydney & Botany – 24-hour stoppage from 0001 on Monday 18 January.
  • Fremantle & Kwinana – 24-hour stoppage from 0001 on Monday 18 January.

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

Bosphurus, Turkey

Foul weather halts services

Due to bad weather, pilotage and motorboat services in the Bosphorus were suspended early this morning (12 January).

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul atturkey@gac.com

Bosphorus, Turkey

Closure for scheduled bridge works

The Bosphorus will be closed to shipping traffic between 02:00 and 20:00 hours local time tomorrow (13 January) due to works on the 3. Bridge (Yavuz Sultan Selim Birdge).

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul atturkey@gac.com

Hong Kong

Temporary Loading Facility at Hung Hom

A temporary loading facility has been established at the pier off Hong Kong Coliseum, Hung Hom.

The facility has one discharging platform protruding about 7 metres seawards from the southeastern side of the pier. The temporary loading facility will exist for a period of approximately 5 months.

From time to time, a lighter or barge will berth at the facility within the operation area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):

  • (A) 22 deg. 17.858’N / 114 deg. 10.978’E
  • (B) 22 deg. 17.835’N / 114 deg. 10.993’E
  • (C) 22 deg. 17.808’N / 114 deg. 10.942’E
  • (D) 22 deg. 17.831’N / 114 deg. 10.928’E

The hours of operation will be from 0700 hours to 1900 hours. No operation will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong atshipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.6 of 2016

Hong Kong

Construction of seawall and installation of water intake culvert at power station

For approximately 6 months, marine works involving construction of seawall and installation of water intake culvert will be carried [at the Black Point Power Station] out in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (H) and the adjacent shoreline:

  • (A) 22 deg. 24.670’N / 113 deg. 54.352’E
  • (B) 22 deg. 24.750’N / 113 deg. 54.265’E
  • (C) 22 deg. 24.803’N / 113 deg. 54.322’E
  • (D) 22 deg. 24.851’N / 113 deg. 54.273’E
  • (E) 22 deg. 24.889’N / 113 deg. 54.314’E
  • (F) 22 deg. 24.842’N / 113 deg. 54.364’E
  • (G) 22 deg. 25.044’N / 113 deg. 54.576’E
  • (H) 22 deg. 24.967’N / 113 deg. 54.659’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one crane barge, three derrick barges and two flat-top barges. Some tugs 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 50 metres will be established around each barge. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barges.

The hours of works will be round-the-clock.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of works.

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

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the area.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong atshipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.8 of 2016

    • 12 January 2016
    • Suez Canal. Egypt
  • Suez Canal Global Conference
  • The Suez Canal Authority is organising a global conference entitled “Suez Canal Global Conference: Opportunities and Challenges (SCGC)”, as a part of its intention to …

    • 12 January 2016
    • SDS Lubuk Gaung Port, Indonesia
  • New berth and dockage tariff
  • The new tariff for berth and dockage for vessels at Special Port PT Sari Dumati Sejati is as follows: DOCKAGE TARIFF:GRT X (Cargo Total/Variable Tariff) X …

    • 12 January 2016
    • Hong Kong
  • Survey of submarine gas pipeline
  • For approximately two weeks, close potential survey will be carried out along a survey route  [between To Kwa Wan and Quarry Bay] formed by joining …

    • 12 January 2016
    • Australia
  • Industrial action confirmed
  • Svitzer Australia has confirmed that the AIMPE Engineers’ Union has proceeded with their planned industrial action on Svitzer operated tugs as various ports, as follows:Geelong …

    • 12 January 2016
    • Bosphurus, Turkey
  • Foul weather halts services
  • Due to bad weather, pilotage and motorboat services in the Bosphorus were suspended early this morning (12 January). For information about operations in the Turkish Straits …

    • 12 January 2016
    • Bosphorus, Turkey
  • Closure for scheduled bridge works
  • The Bosphorus will be closed to shipping traffic between 02:00 and 20:00 hours local time tomorrow (13 January) due to works on the 3. Bridge …

    • 12 January 2016
    • Hong Kong
  • Temporary Loading Facility at Hung Hom
  • A temporary loading facility has been established at the pier off Hong Kong Coliseum, Hung Hom. The facility has one discharging platform protruding about 7 metres …

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