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Port Kembla, Australia
Port Volume Surcharge
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, Port Kembla, Australia
Tug service provider Svitzer Australia has advised that there is no change in the current Volume Based Surcharge (VBS) at Port Kembla which was introduced to cater for volume fluctuation on 1 May 2014.

The VBS is based on a requirement for 4,472 tug jobs per annum (2012 volumes). As the tug job volume for the 12 months ended 30 April 2017 was 3,797, there is no change to the current surcharge of 2.7%.

The next review period will be for the 12 months ending 31 October 2017, with the new VBS to be introduced 31 December 2017.

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

Soil investigation works south of Pulau Bukom
Wednesday, May 3, 2017, Singapore
Soil investigations works are underway south of Pulau Bukom. According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.71 of 2017, the works are being conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – until 30 May, at the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
BH1) 01 deg. 13.080’N / 103 deg. 46.432’E
BH2) 01 deg. 13.077’N / 103 deg. 46.435’E
BH3) 01 deg. 13.078’N / 103 deg. 46.431’E
BH4) 01 deg. 13.076’N / 103 deg. 46.433’E
BH5) 01 deg. 12.930’N / 103 deg. 46.620’E
BH6) 01 deg. 12.928’N / 103 deg. 46.623’E
BH7) 01 deg. 12.928’N / 103 deg. 46.619’E
BH8) 01 deg. 12.926’N / 103 deg. 46.621’ESoil investigation works will be carried out by drilling and using a crane barge, which held in position by four anchors. Tug boats will be used to move the crane barge.The safety zone is a circular area of 200m radius centered at the borehole.

Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft about the work.

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 of the working crane barge;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a slow speed and to navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (West Control);
e) Communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

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