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Breakwater reinstatement works
Thursday, July 26, 2018, Hong Kong

For approximately 4 months, breakwater reinstatement works will be carried out [at Aberdeen South Typhoon Shelter] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 14.169’N / 114 deg. 09.824’E
(B) 22 deg. 14.136’N / 114 deg. 09.825’E
(C) 22 deg. 14.133’N / 114 deg. 09.753’E
(D) 22 deg. 14.166’N / 114 deg. 09.751’E

The works will be carried out by one derrick lighter. One tugboat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 15 metres around the lighter will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the lighter.

The hours of 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 information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.119 of 2018

Oil shipments through Bab El-Mandeb halted
Thursday, July 26, 2018, Saudi Arabia

Saudi Aramco announced late last night (Wednesday 25 July) that it has temporarily halted all oil shipments through the Bab El-Mandeb Strait with immediate effect, following the attack on two VLCCs in the Red Sea.

The Aramco statement said: “As confirmed a short while ago by the Saudi Minister of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Khalid Al-Falih, two Very Large Crude Carriers (VLCCs), each with a two million barrels capacity, operated by the Saudi National Shipping Company, Bahri, and transporting Saudi Aramco crude oil were attacked by terrorist Houthi militias this morning in the Red Sea. One of the ships sustained minimal damage. No injuries nor oil spill have been reported.

“In the interest of the safety of ships and their crews and to avoid the risk of oil spill, Saudi Aramco has temporarily halted all oil shipments through Bab El-Mandeb with immediate effect. The company is carefully assessing the situation and will take further action as prudence demands.”

For information about operations in Saudi Arabia, contact GAC Saudi Arabia at yanbu@gac.com

Low-threshold monitoring system for container transport
Thursday, July 26, 2018, Rotterdam, Netherlands

The Port of Rotterdam Authority is starting a test project with Barge Terminal Tilburg and Certus Port Automation, a manufacturer of container identification and monitoring systems. All trucks that arrive at or depart from this inland container terminal over the coming three months, will pass through a newly developed scanning portal that scans trucks for registration numbers and containers for container numbers.

The scanner also provides images so that container status on arrival and at departure from the terminal can be examined. This will enable cargo owners and terminal operators to monitor more precisely the time at which a container can be transferred for further transport.

The scanned data are extremely accurate and less manual work is needed at the terminal, which increases the efficiency of the entire logistics chain. Comparable identification and monitoring systems have been commonplace for some time at the deep sea container terminals in the port of Rotterdam.

A low-threshold version of this is now the first to be tested at the Vossenberg site at Barge Terminal Tilburg.

One of the Port Authority’s priorities is to work with supply chain parties to provide access to digital data that will further optimise the logistics chain. That is why the Port Authority is financing the purchase costs of this scanning portal. In exchange, the Port Authority will charge a modest fee per scanned container from the inland terminal.

The trial will be evaluated at the end of the test period. If successful, a decision may be taken to extend the trial.

(For information about operations in Rotterdam contact GAC Netherlands at netherlands@gac.com)

Source: Port of Rotterdam (www.portofrotterdam.com)

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