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LNG tanker 4,000th Neopanamax transit through expanded Canal
Monday, August 13, 2018, Panama Canal, Panama

The Panama Canal registered the transit of the 4,000th Neopanamax vessel through the Expanded Canal, underscoring the steady growth of the LNG segment, which began transiting the waterway for the first time following the inauguration of the Expanded Canal on June 26, 2016.

On July 29th, the liquefied natural gas (LNG) tanker Maria Energy completed the milestone transit traveling southbound from the Atlantic to the Pacific Ocean…

…The Maria Energy was followed by another LNG tanker, the Maran Gas Alexandria, which also transited the Neopanamax Locks in the southbound direction. Both vessels were loaded in LNG export facilities in the USA…

…The waterway regularly transits two LNG vessels in the same direction on the same day, and has demonstrated the ability to transit up to three LNG vessels the same day in the same direction during periods of uncharacteristically high demand.

The Panama Canal announced in June that beginning October 1, 2018, it will be lifting certain transit restrictions for LNG vessels. By also lifting meeting restrictions between LNG vessels in Gatun Lake, these vessels will be able to transit the Canal in opposite directions on the same day, offering more scheduling flexibility to this market segment.

Of the 4,000 Neopanamax vessels that have transited to date, roughly 52% have been from the container segment. Liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) vessels constitute another 27%, and LNG carriers, a relatively new segment to the Panama Canal, have been responsible for 10% of traffic. Dry and liquid bulk carriers, car carriers and cruise ships make up the remaining 11% of transits…

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal, contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Extract from Monthly Canal Operations Summary published 8 August 2018

Final measures for Brown Marmorated Stink Bug season
Monday, August 13, 2018, Australia

Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources has now published what it terms as its final measures for the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) season. The new seasonal measures will apply for goods shipped on or between 1 September and 30 April 2019, inclusive.

The requirement for mandatory offshore treatment of all breakbulk, and open top or flat rack containers from high risk countries remains unchanged.

The option for FCL and FCX to be treated on arrival in Australia has been confirmed (container level treatment only).

Treatment regimens have now been confirmed – with only Methyl Bromide, Sulfuryl Fluoride and Heat Treatment being approved methods. Some offshore treatment Providers have been approved and a scheme is available for seeking further approvals.

As the season has not started, any cargo which has already been loaded and is en route is therefore exempt from the requirement. e.g. cargo loaded in Germany in July poses no BMSB risk and there are no restrictions despite the fact the vessel arrives in Australia AFTER the commencement of the season.

The final measures have now been published at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/pests/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs. This includes an additional page – http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/pests/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs/prepare-import – to assist industry on the requirements to manage the seasonal measures prior to exporting goods to Australia. The treatment rates have also been published on the main BMSB webpage, and approved offshore treatment providers for the Offshore BMSB Treatment Providers Scheme is at http://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/pests/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs/offshore-treatment-providers. This list will be updated as more approved treatment providers are added.

Any cargo which is deemed as high risk cargo and is loaded from a high risk country which arrives at an Australian port and is untreated will be denied entry into Australia.

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

Works at Tuas Terminal Phase 1
Monday, August 13, 2018, Singapore

The working period has been extended and the working area revised for works at Tuas Terminal 1, Phase 1.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.082 of 2018 dated 10 August 2018, the work is now being carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – from 11 August 2018 to 10 February 2019, within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 1 deg. 15.650’N / 103 deg. 37.040’E
2) 1 deg. 14.290’N / 103 deg. 37.039’E
3) 1 deg. 14.290’N / 103 deg. 36.979’E
4) 1 deg. 14.200’N / 103 deg. 37.005’E
5) 1 deg. 14.207’N / 103 deg. 37.238’E
6) 1 deg. 14.290’N / 103 deg. 37.444’E
7) 1 deg. 14.290’N / 103 deg. 38.553’E
8) 1 deg. 14.550’N / 103 deg. 39.133’E
9) 1 deg. 15.000’N / 103 deg. 38.920’E
10) 1 deg. 15.440’N / 103 deg. 38.709’E
11) 1 deg. 15.543’N / 103 deg. 38.709’E
12) 1 deg. 15.543’N / 103 deg. 38.414’E
13) 1 deg. 15.608’N / 103 deg. 38.414’E
14) 1 deg. 15.608’N / 103 deg. 37.135’E
15) 1 deg. 15.650’N / 103 deg. 37.135’E

The works will include reclamation, dredging, soil investigation and shore protection removal.

Dredging work will be carried out by dredger assisted by tug boats. The dredger will have a circular safety working zone of 70m radius. Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barges which are assisted by tug boats.

The soil investigation will involve borehole drilling and vibro-coring using a jack-up barge. Tug boats will be used to shift the jack-up barge.

A safety boat will be in attendance to warn and direct craft in the vicinity to keep clear of working area.

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 area;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and to navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control);
e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

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

Temporary loading facility at Cha Kwo Ling
Monday, August 13, 2018, Hong Kong

A temporary loading facility has been established at Cha Kwo Ling. The facility has one discharging platform protruding about 10 metres seawards from the seawall. The temporary loading facility will operate for a period of approximately 24 months.

Two dumb lighters and one tugboat will berth at the facility within the operation area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (E) and the adjacent shoreline for loading operation:
(A) 22 deg. 17.923’N / 114 deg. 13.746’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.912’N / 114 deg. 13.735’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.935’N / 114 deg. 13.710’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.972’N / 114 deg. 13.683’E
(E) 22 deg. 17.980’N / 114 deg. 13.696’ E

The hours of operation will be from 0700 hours to 1900 hours. No operation will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the operation will not stay in the operation area outside the hours of operation.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.123 of 2018

Lateral mark buoys inside Kwun Tong Typhoon Shelter
Monday, August 13, 2018, Hong Kong

From 13 August 2018, two lateral mark buoys [are] established at co-ordinates (WGS 84 datum) (A) and (B) inside Kwun Tong Typhoon Shelter for marking the passage area:
(A) 22 deg. 18.589’N / 114 deg.12.859’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.671’N / 114 deg.12.989’E

The details and particulars of the lateral mark buoys are as follows :

(Position A)
Name: KTTS1
Shape: Conical
Colour: Green

(Position B)
Name: KTTS2
Shape: Can
Colour: Red

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.125 of 2018

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