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Partial channel closure due to chemical spill
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Houston, USA
At 1604 hours local time yesterday (25 July), the Vessel Traffic Service Houston/Galveston directed no vessel movements on the Houston Ship Channel from Kinder-Morgan Ship Dock 4 to the Magellan Turn Basin at Houston Ship Channel Light 160, due to a sulfer dioxide release at Pasadena Refining.A shelter in place has been issued for the city of Galena Park.For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

Dredging off western end of Jurong Island
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Singapore
From 27 July 2016 to 26 January 2017, dredging works will be carried out off the western end of Jurong Island.According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.80 of 2016 dated 25 July, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 1 deg. 16.432’N / 103 deg. 39.148’E
2) 1 deg. 16.485’N / 103 deg. 39.216’E
3) 1 deg. 15.895’N / 103 deg. 39.216’E
4) 1 deg. 16.061’N / 103 deg. 39.148’EDredging work will be carried out by grab dredgers. Each grab dredger will be anchored in place by 3 spuds. The dredgers, with hopper barges in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centred at the dredgers. Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by hopper barges.

During operation, the dredgers will be attended by tug boats which will be used to shift the dredger.

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

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);
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

Port closed to swell and winds
Tuesday, July 26, 2016, Durban, South Africa
The Port of Durban was closed yesterday afternoon (Monday 25 July) due to high swell and strong winds after heavy rains and snow fell over much of KwaZulu-Natal.Reported swells of between 3.5 and 5.1 metres across the entrance channel prompted the port authorities to stop all ship movements in and out the port at around 1300 hours local time. Previously, restrictions had been introduced with selective ship movements being introduced during the morning.Meanwhile, heavy rain across the province and snowfall in the Midlands and high lying areas have curtailed some road traffic on the busy N3 highway between Durban and Gauteng, with calls by road traffic authorities for journeys to be postponed if possible until the weather improves. A number of routes in the high lying areas have been closed to traffic. In Durban and surrounding areas flooding closed a number of streets, causing long delays and diversions.

Light rain was still falling this morning (Tuesday 26 July).

For information about operations in Durban, contact GAC South Africa at shipping.durban@gac.com

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