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Port Kembla, Australia
Kiel Canal, Germany
Suez Canal, Egypt
Bayport, USA
Bulk liquid loading/discharge at Berth 201
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Port Kembla, Australia
The Deputy Harbour Master at Port Kembla has advised that while Berth 201 is undamaged, no bulk liquid discharge or loading is possible from it due to necessary repairs to the pipeline and ancillary equipment that serve it. Repair works are expected to be completed in about two weeks.There is a possibility of bunkering by barge at the berth for ships carrying combustible or flammable cargoes during day light hours only.Meanwhile, non-flammable cargoes may be discharged at berth 112, on a case-by-case basis, with some conditions including: no transit flammable cargoes on board; strictly maintained exclusion zone around the ship; electrical conduit that runs past the berth to be isolated for the duration of the ships visit; ships berthed adjacent are more than 40m away fore and aft. Tool box talks with BSS shore personnel include precautions on passing the area; etc., along with the standard conditions of tanker safety.

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

Maintenance works at lock chamber
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Kiel Canal, Germany
The New Big North lock chamber at Kiel-Holtenau will be closed between 07:45 and 15:00 hours on Thursday (7 July) due to maintenance works. During this period, only New Big South lock chamber is operating.(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)Source: Sartori & Berger Kiel Canal operations – GAC agent

Container ship grounded during southbound transit
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Suez Canal, Egypt
Traffic delays can be expected in the Suez Canal until a container ship which ran aground at 133 KM at 15:30 hours local time today (5July) is refloated.The 117, 176 DWT vessel was part of the Southbound Convoy (13th of 33 vessels), and some of the other vessels in the convoy have been detained.Suez Canal tugs are attempting to assist the ship.

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

Operational restrictions
Tuesday, July 5, 2016, Bayport, USA
With immediate effect, all vessels transiting to/from Bayport (sailings, arrivals & shifts) with a draft greater than 36’ freshwater are required to have two tugs, at the Pilot’s discretion.  The tugs are to assist transiting vessels in safely making the turn into and out of the Bayport Ship Channel.This restriction has been imposed by Houston Pilots based on updated soundings provided by the Army Corp of Engineers for the Bayport flare.As dredging and surveying progresses, the restriction will be modified or removed as soon as safely possible.

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

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