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Gothenburg, Sweden
Hong Kong
Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
Port Kembla, Australia
Medan, Indonesia

Construction of land-based LNG facility underway
Monday, February 19, 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden

Construction of a liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility is now under way at the Port of Gothenburg. The facility will open up new opportunities for LNG-fuelled ships that call at the Gothenburg Energy Port. It will become fully operational during 2018…
…The use of LNG as a fuel reduces emissions of sulphur, particles and heavy metals to a minimum. Emissions of nitric oxide are reduced by 80%. The EU has already highlighted LNG as a key marine fuel for the future.
LNG as marine fuel is increasingly used in the world as global sulphur regulations become increasingly stringent… …The first LNG bunkering took place at the Port of Gothenburg in autumn 2016, and since then operating regulations and routines have been developed and efficiency has been improved, resulting in a steady rise in the number of LNG bunkering operations.
Skangas is supplying vessels with LNG using a ship-to-ship bunkering system at the Port of Gothenburg. It has now been joined by Swedegas, which owns and runs the Swedish gas transmission network. Swedegas will expand the number of LNG options at the port with the construction of a facility that will ensure safe, rapid and effective landside LNG bunkering whilst vessels are loading and discharging at the Energy Port…
…The facility will be scalable and can be adapted to the needs of the customers. Gas purchasers will also be able to choose their supplier. LNG will arrive at the facility by trailer or in containers, and will be distributed via a 450-metre vacuum-insulated cryogenic pipeline to the quayside.
The facility marks the first step in the construction of a broader solution for the gas infrastructure at the Port of Gothenburg, with the potential to connect to the gas transmission network. In time, Swedish industry and land transport could also make use of the facility…
(For information about operations at Swedish ports contact GAC Sweden at sweden@gac.com)
Source: Extract from Port of Gothenburg (www.portofgothenburg.com) press release

Port operations largely unaffected as cyclone makes land fall
Monday, February 19, 2018, Australia

The cyclone affecting the north-west coast of Australia made land fall as expected over the weekend. There was no impact to Port Operations in Port Hedland and Dampier/Port Walcott, and operations have continued uninterrupted.
On the east coast the cyclone has moved south with swell affecting the coast. Shipping operations have only been minimally effected with some loss of maximum draft in Brisbane.
For information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Repairs to light beacon off Adamasta Channel
Monday, February 19, 2018, Hong Kong

For a period of approximately 3 months, repair works for a light beacon will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (E):
(A) 22 deg. 13.571’N / 114 deg. 01.153’E
(B) 22 deg. 13.568’N / 114 deg. 01.170’E
(C) 22 deg. 13.533’N / 114 deg. 01.162’E
(D) 22 deg. 13.547’N / 114 deg. 01.086’E
(E) 22 deg. 13.565’N / 114 deg. 01.090’E
The works will be carried out by a derrick barge. One crane boat and one tugboat will provide assistance.
A working area of approximately 15 metres around the derrick barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barge.
The hours of the work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.
Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.
Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.
(For further details and information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)
Source: Extract from Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.24 of 2018

Restricted anchoring adjacent to UAE East Coast territorial waters
Monday, February 19, 2018, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

Anchoring of vessels at Restricted Area adjacent to U.A.E. East Coast territorial waters is strictly prohibited. Please refer our Notice to Mariner No.148 Version 3 & Notice to Mariner 101/2012 issued by Khorfakkan Port.
If any vessel is found anchored in the restricted area will invite a permanent entry ban, or a fine of AED 10,000/- or both without further clarification.
Free passing of vessels through the aforementioned area is allowed as per International Maritime Law.
(For information about operations in Fujairah contact GAC Fujairah at fujiarah@gac.com)
Source: Port of Fujairah Notice to Mariners No.240 dated 19 February 2018

Anchorage closed
Monday, February 19, 2018, Port Kembla, Australia

Port Kembla anchorage area was closed at 19.18 hours local time today (19 February) due to the expected forecast and will remain closed likely until Wednesday 21 February.
All vessels at the anchorage are requested to heave up their anchors, leave the anchorage area by 2200/19 and remain minimum 12 nautical miles offshore.
For information about operations at Australian ports, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Port operations unaffected by volcanic eruption
Monday, February 19, 2018, Medan, Indonesia

Operations at the port of Medan are continuing unaffected so far by the eruption at 8.56pm local time today (19 February) of the nearby Mount Sinabung volcano in North Sumatera.
The eruption created a 5km high ash column and falling clouds of hot volcanic material.
For the latest updates and information about operations at Indonesian ports contact Andhika GAC Indonesia at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

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