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30-Sep-2016

FIRST SHIP TO BUNKER LNG AT PORT
Gothenburg, Sweden
MATTHEW STRENGTHENS TO MAJOR HURRICANE OVER CARIBBEAN SEA
Colombia/Venezuela/Aruba
First ship to bunker LNG at port
Friday, September 30, 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden
A green milestone is reached in the Port of Gothenburg. M/T Ternsund bunkered natural gas at the entrance to the port. This is the first time ever in Sweden that a tanker bunkered this substantially cleaner marine fuel….…Liquefied natural gas, or LNG, becomes liquefied when cooled to -163°C. This new marine fuel offers considerable environmental benefits….…The first ship to bunker LNG is the newly constructed tanker M/T Ternsund, operated by the Swedish Donsö-based company Tärntank Ship Management AB.

…Bunkering took place at a protected location just off the island of Fotö at the entrance to the port. M/T Ternsund bunkered LNG from the Dutch bunkering vessel Coral Energy. The gas comes from the North Sea and has been supplied by the gas company Skangas….

…M/T Ternsund may be the first, but there will soon be several ships looking to bunker LNG on a regular basis at the Port of Gothenburg. Around 10 newly built LNG-powered vessels are on their way from the shipyards, all owned by Swedish tanker operators and all with routes that pass Gothenburg.

To induce more operators to switch to LNG, the Port of Gothenburg has introduced a substantial discount on the port charge. M/T Ternsund will be the first ship to qualify for the maximum discount – 30 per cent….

(For information about operations in Sweden contact GAC Sweden at sweden@gac.com)

Source: Extracts from Port of Gothenburg monthly newsletter, PortGotNews, September 2016

Matthew strengthens to major hurricane over Caribbean Sea
Friday, September 30, 2016, Colombia/Venezuela/Aruba
The government of Colombia has changed the Tropical Storm Watch that was in effect from the Colombia/Venezuela border to Riohacha to a Tropical Storm Warning.The government of Aruba has discontinued the Tropical Storm Watch for Aruba.Interests elsewhere along the coasts of Venezuela and Colombia should monitor the progress of Matthew.  Interests in Jamaica, Hispaniola, and eastern Cuba should also monitor the progress of Matthew.  A hurricane watch may be required for Jamaica later today.

At 1100 AM EDT (1500 UTC), the center of Hurricane Matthew was located near latitude 13.7 North, longitude 70.8 West.  Matthew is moving toward the west-southwest near 12 mph (19 km/h).  A westward motion at a slower forward speed is expected later today and tonight. A turn toward the west-northwest is forecast by Saturday night, followed by a turn toward the northwest by early Sunday.

On the forecast track, the center of Matthew will pass north of the Guajira Peninsula later today and tonight and remain over the central Caribbean Sea through early Sunday.

Data from an Air Force Reserve Hurricane Hunter aircraft indicate that maximum sustained winds have increased to near 115 mph (185 km/h) with higher gusts.

Matthew is a category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Little change in strength is forecast during the next 48 hours.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 195 miles (315 km)…

WIND: Tropical storm conditions are expected in portions of the warning area in Colombia later today and tonight.

RAINFALL: Rainfall totals of 2-4 inches with isolated higher amounts are expected over Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao through Saturday. Rainfall totals of 2-4 inches with isolated higher amounts are expected along the coast of Colombia from the Venezuelan border to Riohacha. Rainfall totals of 1-2 inches with isolated higher amounts are expected along the coast of Venezuela from Coro to the Colombian border.

SURF:  Swells generated by Matthew are expected to affect portions of the coasts of Puerto Rico, Hispaniola, Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Venezuela, and Colombia during the next few days. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.

(For information about operations in the Americas, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Hurricane Matthew Advisory No.10 issued at 1100am EDT Fri Sep 30 2016

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