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Gothenburg, Sweden

Lower Mississippi River, United States

Hawaii, United States

Marked recovery in container volumes
Friday, August 24, 2018, Gothenburg, Sweden

During the first six months of this year, container volumes at the Port of Gothenburg rose by 19%, from 318,000 to 378,000 TEUs. The number of cars and intra-European ro-ro* units shipped increased by 10% and 4% respectively, whilst the energy segment fell by 3%. The figures are taken from the Port of Gothenburg’s recently published mid-year volume report…

…During the first six months of the year, 378,000 TEUs (Twenty-Foot Equivalent Units) were shipped, up 19% on the corresponding period in 2017. The figure for the previous year was historically weak due to the labour dispute that at the time had a significant impact on customers’ willingness to use the port.

The number of new cars handled at the port has increased year on year since 2013, and the positive trend looks set to continue with volumes up 10% for the first six months of 2018. Some 152,000 cars were shipped – the highest number in 10 years…

…Intra-European ro-ro traffic to and from the Port of Gothenburg comprises mainly forest products and input goods for the engineering industry. With 593,000 ro-ro units handled, 2017 saw an all-time high for this segment. The signs are that 2018 could be yet another record-breaking year with 305,000 units reported for the first six months, a rise of 4%.

Energy products continue to pass through the Port of Gothenburg at a high rate even if there has been a slight drop compared with the first half of 2017, which was the best period ever for the energy sector. A total of 11.7 million tonnes of energy products were handled during the first six months of this year, down 3% on the record-breaking first-half figure for 2017…

(For information about operations in Sweden, contact GAC Sweden at sweden@gac.com)

Source: Extract from Port of Gothenburg (www.portofgothenburg.com) news release dated 22 August 2018

Safety zone for fireworks display
Friday, August 24, 2018, Lower Mississippi River, United States

The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port New Orleans, under the authority of the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, will establish a safety zone on August 25, 2018, on the Lower Mississippi River, Above Head of Passes from MM 95.7 to MM 96.7, in the vicinity of Algiers Point in New Orleans, LA.

This safety zone is needed to protect persons and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with a fireworks display. This rule is effective on August 25, 2018 from 8.45 p.m. until 10.00 p.m. local time.

All vessels are prohibited from entering this safety zone unless they have been granted permission by the Captain of the Port New Orleans or designated representative. For the Safety Zone, the designated representative will be the Vessel Traffic Center Lower Mississippi River. Only vessels participating in the fireworks display and pre-designated vessels are permitted within the safety zone after 8.45 p.m. on August 25, 2018.

A Coast Guard vessel will be on scene for the duration of the event and can be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 16 in the event of an emergency.

For additional information, contact the following:
Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Command Center: (504) 365-2200
Coast Guard Waterways Management: (504) 365-2280

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

Source: United States Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Marine Safety Information Bulletin Volume XVIII, Issue 058, dated 22 August 2018

Hurricane Lane moving north, catastrophic flooding on Big Island
Friday, August 24, 2018, Hawaii, United States

At 200am HST (1200 UTC), the center of Hurricane Lane was located near latitude 18.4 N, longitude 158.0 W. Lane is moving toward the north near 5mph (8km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue today. A turn toward the west is anticipated Saturday, with an increase in forward speed.

On the latest forecast track, the center of Lane will move over, or dangerously close to portions of the main Hawaiian islands later today and tonight. Maximum sustained winds are near 120mph (195km/h) with higher gusts.

Lane remains a powerful category 3 hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. Some weakening is forecast from later today and tonight through late Saturday, but Lane is expected to remain a dangerous hurricane as it approaches the islands. Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 35 miles (55km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205km).

Tropical storm conditions are already occurring on the Big Island, Maui County and Oahu. These conditions will likely persist through this morning. Hurricane conditions are expected over some areas of Maui County and Oahu starting later today or tonight. Tropical storm or hurricane conditions are possible on Kauai starting tonight or Saturday.

Rain bands will continue to overspread the Hawaiian Islands well ahead of Lane. Excessive rainfall associated with this slow moving hurricane will continue to impact the Hawaiian Islands into the weekend, leading to catastrophic and life-threatening flash flooding and landslides. Lane is expected to produce total rain accumulations of 10-20 inches, with localized amounts of 30-40 inches possible over portions of the Hawaiian Islands. Over two feet of rain has already fallen at a few locations on the windward side of the Big Islands.

Very large swells generated by the slow moving hurricane will severely impact the Hawaiian Islands into this weekend. These swells will produce life-threatening and damaging surf along exposed shorelines. In addition, a prolonged period of extreme surf will also likely lead to significant coastal erosion.

The combination of a dangerous storm surge and large breaking waves will raise water levels by as much as 2-4 feet above normal tide levels along south and west facing shores near the center of Lane. The surge will be accompanied by large and destructive waves.

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

Source: Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Honolulu, Hurricane Lane Intermediate Advisory No.39A issued at 2.00am HST on 24 August 2018

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