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Gulfport, United States
Melbourne, Australia
Mourilyan, Australia
Port status returned to normal with restrictions
Friday, October 13, 2017, Gulfport, United States

The Captain of Port (COTP) Mobile has returned the Gulfport to Port Status NORMAL with restrictions. The Port of Gulfport is open to all marine traffic to a depth of 32ft.

The current port and waterway status at 1600 hours local time on 12 October:
b. Port of Panama City: NORMAL
c. Port of Pensacola: NORMAL
d. Port of Mobile: NORMAL
e. Port of Pascagoula: NORMAL W/ RESTRICTIONS (40 FT DEPTH)
f. Port of Gulfport: NORMAL W/ RESTRICTIONS (32 FT DEPTH)

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Mobile, Marine Safety Information Bulletin No.29-17 issued 12 October 2017

Maribyrnong River geotechnical investigation works
Friday, October 13, 2017, Melbourne, Australia

Geotechnical investigation works will be conducted in the Maribyrnong River in the immediate vicinity of Footscray wharf, south of Shepherd Bridge (Footscray Road), from 16 October 2017 for approximately fourteen weeks.

The barge Sealift 10, supported by the work boat Sea Punt SP01 will take core samples from 16 locations within the worksite in the Maribyrnong River (see picture below). Works will take place from 0600 to 1800 each day, with the barge remaining on site overnight displaying anchor lights.

The Hagstrom Drilling Pty Ltd works supervisor is contactable by mobile: 0431 089 941 or 0459 098 331. The Sealift 10 will maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 and 16.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution when in the vicinity of the works area.

(For information about operations at Australian ports, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)

Source: Victorian Notice to Masters No.258 (T) – 2017 dated 13 October 2017

Night movement restrictions revised
Friday, October 13, 2017, Mourilyan, Australia
The restrictions on night time movements in Mourilyan Harbour for vessels larger than 175m has been reviewed and removed, effective immediately.

Vessels with LOA over 190m and 32.2 beam are still considered oversize and will be assessed on a case by case basis. Tidal and UKC restrictions remain unchanged however will be subject to further review; this will take time noting modelling and simulation may be required.

Agents should also consider booking two movements on the one tide (ie one out, one in) wherever possible and if achievable will be accommodated. Vessels may be berthed on either a flood or ebb tide if the tidal range is 1.2m or less.

The removal of this restriction will result in improved operational flexibility and efficiencies.

For information about operations at Australian ports, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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