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GAC 01072014

   – 19-Feb-2016

Boston, USA
Port Kembla, Australia
Status of North Channel (update)
Friday, February 19, 2016, Boston, USA
The Safety Zone established after a tug boat sunk in Boston’s North Channel on 16 February was lifted at 1:30pmyesterday afternoon (18 February).The sunken tug has been located intact at position 42 deg.-22.38N 070 deg.-54.97W, approximately 160 yards north of the northern edge of the North Channel. It is lying upside down with the bow sticking up about 30ft from ocean floor and the stern is sitting about 15ft up from ocean floor. A buoy is being placed at the location with a white light.Over the course of the next few days, salvage crews will be working on salvage operations that also involve removing the fuel from the tug, so mariners should proceed with caution in this area for the safety of work crews and divers.

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

Major breakdown at Coal Terminal
Friday, February 19, 2016, Port Kembla, Australia
There has been a major break-down to Reclaimer #2 isolating stockpiles in the southern yard of Port Kembla Coal Terminal.Reclaimer #1, which feeds vessels with stockpiles in the northern yard, remains in service.The break-down to reclaimer #2 is having an effect on the shipping programme with vessels with cargo in the northern yard permitted to load.

A Force Majeure notification may be considered by Port Kembla Coal Terminal (PKCT). If so, affected shippers will be advised accordingly.

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

World Holidays: 21 February-5 March 2016
Saturday, February 20, 2016, Worldwide
Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the following:
Sun 21-Mon 22 Feb – Russia bank holidays
Mon 22 Feb – Makha Mucha Day (Thailand)
Tue 23 Feb – Russia State Holiday, Homeland Defenders’ Day (Men’s Day)
Thu 25 Feb – Kuwait National Day
Thu 25 Feb – EDSA People Power Revolution (Philippines)
Fri 26 Feb – Kuwait Liberation Day
Sun 28-Mon 29 Feb – Taiwan Memorial DayFor information about operations around the world contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found athttp://gac.com/gac-worldwide

Banks & authorities closure for holidays
Friday, February 19, 2016, Russia
Banks, authorities and port administrations in Russia will be closed on from 21 to 23 February due to bank holidays and the state holiday for Homeland Defenders’ Day (Men’s Day).The holidays will not affect oil/products terminals’ mooring and loading schedules.For information about operations in in Russia contact GAC Russia at russia@gac.com

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