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New South Wales, Australia
Port Kembla, Australia
Georgia & Florida, United States
Tampa Fl, United States
Persons authorised to supply water to vessels
Tuesday, June 7, 2016, Singapore
Under the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Act (Cap. 170A), no person shall supply water to vessels within the port unless:
(a) he is authorised to do so by a public licence or an exemption granted by the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (“MPA”) pursuant to section 81(1) of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Act (Cap. 170A);
(b) he does so through MPA or by agreement with MPA pursuant to regulation 74 of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (Port) Regulations.Reports on any unauthorised person(s) supplying water to ocean going vessels and harbour craft in port may be made to the following address for MPA’s investigation.(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)

Source: Extract from the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.08 of 2016 dated 6 June 2016  

Ports reopened as severe weather clears
Tuesday, June 7, 2016, New South Wales, Australia
The severe weather system which disrupted port and shipping operations across New South Wales has now cleared, however large swells are still impacting shipping movements.Newcastle:
Port returned to normal operations for all sized vessels from 0700 this morning (7 June).Sydney/Port Botany :
Ports & terminals returned to normal operations, except for the berthing of tankers at Kurnell due swell conditions at the berth – first tanker berthing expected 1000 tomorrow (8 June). Swell off port Sydney/Botany still running from 3-5.5m.

Port Kembla:
Port re-opened since 0700 this morning, except for berthing of tankers at the Oil Berth 201 due to swell conditions. There is a Navigation Warning in place, due to a shipping container adrift and other port related repair works (see separate note).

Eden :
The Woodchip Jetty has suffered major damage. Part of the jetty and conveyor system has been damaged and is not accessible. Present reports indicate the wharf, loader and mooring dolphins have not been damaged. It is not known at this point how long it will take to conduct repairs.

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

Dangers to surface navigation
Tuesday, June 7, 2016, Port Kembla, Australia
The attention of shipowners, operators, Master’s, agents and pilots is drawn to:

  • a container possibly adrift to the North East or approaches to the Port. The container is white in colour. Mariners are advised to keep a sharp lookout, especially at night,
  • repair work underway to the gantry between B206 and the Northern berth dolphin. Please go slowly past this area and pass no closer than 20 metres. The area is marked by a yellow special mark lit at night by Q.Y light.
  • there is some damage to the reclamation area to the South of B203. Mariners are advised to avoid the area.

Any sightings of the container should be reported to Port Kembla VTIC on VHF Channel 11 or by calling +61 2 4274-4571

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

Source: Port Authority of New South Wales Port Kembla Local Marine Notice 3/2016 dated 6 June 2016

Colin moving into Atlantic east of Georgia coast
Tuesday, June 7, 2016, Georgia & Florida, United States
The Tropical Storm Warning is discontinued along the Atlantic coast south of Altamaha Sound, Georgia, and along the Gulf coast of Florida. A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Altamaha Sound Georgia to Oregon Inlet North Carolina……At 500am EDT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Colin was near latitude 31.6 North, longitude 80.6 West. Colin is moving toward the NE near 31 mph (50 km/h) and this motion is expected to continue with an increase in forward speed today and tonight. On the forecast track, the center of Colin should move near and parallel to the coast of the SE United States today. The strongest winds and heaviest rains are well removed from the center.Reports from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft and ship data indicate that maximum sustained winds are near 50 mph (85 km/h) with higher gusts.  Some increase in strength is expected during the next 24 hours. However, Colin is also expected to lose its tropical cyclone characteristics by tonight.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 230 miles (370 km) mainly to the SE of the center…

…Colin is expected to produce additional rainfall amounts of 1-3 inches across eastern North Carolina and central Florida through today.  Rainfall is expected to diminish across northern Florida, coastal Georgia, and eastern South Carolina this morning.

The combination of a storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters.  The water could reach the following heights above ground if the peak surge occurs at the time of high tide:
Indian Pass to Tampa Bay 1-ft with slightly higher amounts possible in a few locations.
Tampa Bay south to Florida Bay 1-2 ft.

Localized coastal flooding and dangerous surf are possible along the Atlantic coast from Florida to North Carolina within the tropical storm warning area.  The surge along the Florida Gulf coast should diminish today. The deepest water will occur along the immediate coast…

…Tropical storm conditions could occur over portions of the warning area today. A tornado or two will remain possible across parts of the coastal Carolinas today.

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

Source: National Hurricane Center Miami Fl, Tropical Storm Colin Advisory No.8 issued at 500am EDT Tue 7 June

Port reopened
Tuesday, June 7, 2016, Tampa Fl, United States
At 1130 hours local time today (7 June), the US Coast Guard opened all navigable waters of the Tampa Bay Area. The Bay had been closed due to bad weather as a result of Tropical Storm Colin.For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

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