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Vizag, India
Brunswick & Savannah, GA, United States
Florida ports, United States
World Holidays: 10-23 September 2017
Saturday, September 9, 2017, Worldwide
Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the following:|
17 Sep (Sun) – Angola National Heroes’ Day
21 Sep (Thu) – Al Hijri New Year / Muharram (Islamic New year)
23 Sep (Sat) – Saudi Arabia National DayFor information about operations around the world contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found at http://gac.com/gac-worldwide

Traffic movements resumed after suspension due to listing vessel
Saturday, September 9, 2017, Vizag, India
Port operations at Vizag are reported to have returned to normal after the suspension of inward and outward movements at EQ 5, EQ 6, EQ 7, EQ 8, EQ 9, WQ 4, WQ 5 & WQ 6 after a ship being loaded with steel billets started to list badly.

Inward/outwards movement of vessels are now taking place, as usual.

All going well, discharge operations from the affected vessel is expected to be completed today afternoon hours.

For information about operations at Indian ports contact GAC India at india@gac.com

Anticipated port conditions for Hurricane Irma
Saturday, September 9, 2017, Brunswick & Savannah, GA, United States
Due to the uncertainty and magnitude of Hurricane Irma and mandatory evacuation order, previously published anticipated Port Condition changes have changed. Currently, the anticipated Port Conditions for Hurricane Irma are as follows:
PORT CONDITION X-RAY: 08 Sep 2017 1200 local
PORT CONDITION YANKEE: 09 Sep 2017 1200 local
PORT CONDITION ZULU: 09 Sep 2017 2359 localAs conditions may change rapidly, you are encourage to frequently check MSU Savannah’s Homeport website for the most up-to-date information at www.homeport.uscg.mil. Under the “Port Directory” menu, select “Savannah”.(For information about operations in the United States, contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Safety Unit Savannah, Maritime Safety and Security Bulletin 46-17 dated 8 September 2017

Florida prepares for Hurricane Irma
Saturday, September 9, 2017, Florida ports, United States
In anticipation of Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Condition YANKEE was yesterday (8 September) set for the ports of Canaveral, Fort Pierce, Manatee, Miami, Palm Beach, Port Everglades, St. Petersburg, and Tampa Bay at.

The ports are closed to inbound vessel traffic. No vessel, regardless of size or service, will be allowed to transit through the Port of Canaveral unless authorized by the respective Captain of the Port.

Oceangoing commercial vessels greater than  500GT must depart the ports and anchorages unless prior permission to remain has been granted by the Captain of the Port (COTP). Vessels that will not depart the ports must contact the COTP to request permission to remain in port and provide a contingency heavy weather plan for safely doing so. This plan must indicate concurrent agreement from the host facility. Final facility preparations should be completed. All facilities shall continue to operate in accordance with their approved Facility Security Plans and comply with the requirements of MTSA.

Coast Guard Port Assessment Teams will be conducting port surveys. The COTP may require additional precautions to ensure the safety of the ports and waterways.

Ports, facilities, and operators should anticipate the setting of Port Condition ZULU. If set, all vessel movements shall cease and all waterfront operations will be prohibited, except final storm preparations.

Drawbridges in the area may cease operations as early as eight hours prior to the anticipated arrival of sustained gale force winds or when an evacuation is in progress. During lock-down, the bridge is closed, power is turned off, traffic arms may be removed, the control house is secured and the bridge operator is sent to safety.

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

Powerful quake hits southern Pacific coast
Saturday, September 9, 2017, Mexico
An earthquake estimated to measure 8.4 in the Richter Scale which hit the southern Pacific coast of Mexico was felt in a large part of the country including Mexico City, Puebla, Veracruz, Coatzacoalcos and many other cities.

The quake struck at about midnight local time on Thursday night and lasted about 3 minutes and 40 seconds. Its epicentre was about 50 km offshore the Pacific coast, near in front of the limits of Oaxaca and Chiapas states.

Damages are now being assessed but it looks that the southern part of the country has sustained the most damage, with small towns in the Isthmus of Tehuantepec partially destroyed.  No final evaluation has been completed yet. Information about the impact of the quake on ports will be provided as it becomes available.

For information about operations at Mexican ports contact GAC-Tomas Ruiz at gac-tomasruiz.mexico@gac.com

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