|PIER RECONSTRUCTION WORK
|RED ALERT ISSUED FOR HURRICANE OTTO
|HURRICANE OTTO HEADING TOWARDS COSTA RICE & NICARAGUA
Costa Rica & Nicaragua
|LOCK CLOSURE FOR MAINTENANCE
Kiel Canal, Germany
|Pier reconstruction work|
|Wednesday, November 23, 2016, Novorossiysk, Russia|
|Pier No.2 at Sheskharis Oil Terminal is undergoing maintenance and reconstruction. The work started on 18 November and in expected to be completed in March 2018.Pier No.1A will be used as a replacement for Pier №2 during the works period. Tankers will be handled as per “Technician requirements for tankers alongside pier №1А of Sheskharis Oil Terminal”.For information about operations in Russia contact GAC Russia at email@example.com|
|Red Alert issued for Hurricane Otto|
|Wednesday, November 23, 2016, Panama|
|As Hurricane Otto progresses through Central America, Panamanian national authorities have elevated safety concerns by issuing a RED ALERT nationwide. Harbour movements have been suspended until further notice and some ports and terminals (such as Cristobal and MIT) have suspended operations.Although Panama Canal transits are currently continuing, attendance at Balboa and Cristobal anchorages are experiencing delays and interruptions.Effects already seen include flooding, landslides and falling trees and branches. Due to excessive rainfall the Panama Canal has opened 13 of 14 of the Gatun water dam gates (spillway) to prevent excessive flooding.
There are several delays and setbacks due to both the strong wind (gusts recorded in excess of 70 mph) and constant, heavy rains both at Balboa and Cristobal.
The National Hurricane Center (http://www.nhc.noaa.
In light of the worsening conditions, GAC-Wilford & McKay yesterday (22 November) evacuated non-essential staff from its Cristobal office, leaving it manned by watch staff. Responses to emails may be delayed, and contact should be by mobile phones for the time being, as below:
For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.
|Hurricane Otto heading towards Costa Rice & Nicaragua|
|Wednesday, November 23, 2016, Costa Rica & Nicaragua|
|At 400am EST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Otto was located near latitude 10.9 North, longitude 80.4 West……On the forecast track, the center of Otto will reach the Pacific coast of southern Nicaragua or northern Costa Rica Thursday night [24 November] or early Friday [25 November].Maximum sustained winds are near 75 mph (120 km/h) with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected before Otto makes landfall on Thursday, with weakening expected after the center moves inland.
Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 10 miles (20 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km)…
(For information about operations in the Americas, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: Extracts from National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Hurricane Otto Advisory No.10 issued at 400am EST on Wednesday November 23, 2016
|Lock closure for maintenance|
|Wednesday, November 23, 2016, Kiel Canal, Germany|
|The Kiel Canal Authority advises that the New Big North lock at Kiel-Holtenau will be closed for maintenance works between 0800 and 1300 hours tomorrow (24 November), and between 0800 and 1300 hours from 29 November to 1 December.The New Big South lock will remain in service.(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at email@example.com)
Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent