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Mooring & unmooring of vessels off Pulau Tekong
Thursday, September 27, 2018, Singapore

As the working period has been extended in the Pulau Tekong Reclamation Area, the locations of mooring buoys are as follows (WGS 84 Datum):
TK-MB-1) 01 deg. 20.266’N / 104 deg. 04.727’E (Fl.Y.2s)
TK-MB-2) 01 deg. 20.394’N / 104 deg. 04.589’E (Fl.Y.2s)
TK-MB-3) 01 deg. 22.008’N / 104 deg. 02.667’E (Fl.Y.4s)
TK-MB-4) 01 deg. 22.133’N / 104 deg. 02.521’E (Fl.Y.4s)
TK-MB-5) 01 deg. 22.305’N / 104 deg. 02.312’E (Fl.Y.6s)
TK-MB-6) 01 deg. 22.433’N / 104 deg. 02.158’E (Fl.Y.6s)
TK-MB-7) 01 deg. 20.711’N / 104 deg. 04.205’E (Fl.Y.8s)
TK-MB-8) 01 deg. 20.834’N / 104 deg. 04.060’E (Fl.Y.8s)
TK-MB-9) 01 deg. 21.659’N / 104 deg. 03.082’E (Fl.Y.10s)
TK-MB-10) 01 deg. 21.781’N / 104 deg. 02.938’E (Fl.Y.10s)
TK-MB-11) 01 deg. 23.264’N / 104 deg. 01.205’E (Fl.Y.3s)
TK-MB-12) 01 deg. 23.125’N / 104 deg. 01.348’E (Fl.Y.3s)

Mooring buoys will be removed upon completion of the reclamation.

Working Hours: Daylight hours from 0700 hrs to 1900 hrs

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.095 of 2018 dated 25 September 2018, during the period from 29 September 2018 to 28 March 2019, bulk carriers, self-propelled barges and tug boats with barges in composite unit carrying bulk sand will be transiting the Kuala Johor to the Pulau Tekong reclamation project area. All vessels shall navigate with caution when in the vicinity of the mooring buoys.

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

Reclamation work at Pulau Tekong
Thursday, September 27, 2018, Singapore

The working period for reclamation work at Pulau Tekong has been extended. The work is now being carried out from 29 September 2018 through to 28 March 2019.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.094 of 2018 dated 25 September 2018, the work will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 25.910’N / 104 deg. 03.472’E
2) 01 deg. 26.260’N / 104 deg. 03.480’E (Mark/ Buoy: Yellow/Pillar/Fl Y 2s/Tekong-20)
3) 01 deg. 26.544’N / 104 deg. 02.353’E (Mark/Buoy: Black/Yellow/Pillar/Q Fl/Tekong-19)
4) 01 deg. 26.271’N / 104 deg. 01.343’E (Mark/Buoy: Yellow/ Pillar/Fl Y 4s/Tekong-18)
5) 01 deg. 25.488’N / 104 deg. 00.444’E (Mark/Buoy: Green/Conical/Fl (3) G 15s/Tekong)
6) 01 deg. 25.167’N / 104 deg. 00.434’E (Mark/Buoy: Yellow/ Black/Yellow/Pillar/ Q(9)15s/West Tekong)
7) 01 deg. 23.350’N / 104 deg. 01.057’E (Mark/Buoy: Green/ Conical/ Fl G 2s/ Tekong-3)
8) 01 deg. 20.090’N / 104 deg. 04.899’E
9) 01 deg. 20.090’N / 104 deg. 05.009’E (Mark/Buoy:Yellow/Black/Pillar/Q(6) + LFl 5s/South Nelayan)
10) 01 deg. 20.313’N / 104 deg. 05.215’E
11) 01 deg. 20.375’N / 104 deg. 05.212’E
12) 01 deg. 20.752’N / 104 deg. 04.944’E
13) 01 deg. 21.406’N / 104 deg. 04.608’E
14) 01 deg. 21.750’N / 104 deg. 04.690’E (Mark/Buoy: Red/Can/Fl R 4s/Red Calder)
15) 01 deg. 23.489’N / 104 deg. 05.338’E
16) 01 deg. 23.661’N / 104 deg. 05.391’E (Mark/Buoy: Red/Can/Fl R 10s/Tekong-22)
17) 01 deg. 23.985’N / 104 deg. 05.423’E
18) 01 deg. 24.237’N / 104 deg. 05.408’E
19) 01 deg. 24.376’N / 104 deg. 05.375’E (Mark/Buoy: Red/Can/Fl R 2s/Tekong-23)
20) 01 deg. 24.481’N / 104 deg. 05.260’E
21) 01 deg. 24.535’N / 104 deg. 05.110’E
22) 01 deg. 24.310’N / 104 deg. 01.759’E
23) 01 deg. 24.227’N / 104 deg. 01.665’E
24) 01 deg. 24.294’N / 104 deg. 01.571’E
25) 01 deg. 24.574’N / 104 deg. 01.623’E
26) 01 deg. 24.589’N / 104 deg. 01.772’E

Reclamation work will involve filling, dredging and construction of revetment, soil investigation and soil improvement work.

Soil improvement work will entail stabilized dredging, sand piling and deep cement mixing. The dredgers will be used for the bund construction within the working area.

Safety boat will be in attendance at all times 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 21 (Sembawang Control);
e) Communicate with Sembawang Control on VHF Channel 21 for assistance, if required.

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

Coal train derailment
Thursday, September 27, 2018, Newcastle, Australia

The Australian Rail Track Corporation has confirmed an incident on its Hunter Valley rail network at about 12.25pm last night (26 September).

Wagons from a coal train derailed and were struck by another coal train running in the opposing direction, resulting in damage to the locomotive. There has also been track damage which will require repairs. No injuries have been reported.

The incident has been reported to independent transport safety investigators and the incident site is currently quarantined.

At this time, there are no indications to when repairs will be completed and trains running again. It is also difficult to pin point which mines are affected and which vessels waiting to load coal at Newcastle may face delays as a result of the incident.

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

Rebate for LNG vessels transiting Canal – Update
Thursday, September 27, 2018, Suez Canal, Egypt

A new amendment increasing the rebate offered on normal Suez Canal transit tolls for LNG vessels will come into effect for a period of one year from 1 October.

LNG Tankers, whether laden or ballast, operating between the American Gulf (starting from Miami port and its western ports within the American Gulf and ports located south of the American Gulf, and Singapore & its eastern Ports) shall be granted a rebate of 65% from normal Suez Canal tolls.

The following discounts, already in place, remain in effect:
– LNG tankers operating between the Arabian Gulf and west of India up to the port of Kochi: reduction of 30% of Suez Canal normal dues;
– LNG tankers operating east of the port of Kochi, west of India just up to port of Singapore: reduction of 40% of Suez Canal normal dues.

Any company wishing to benefit from these reductions must submit a request before transit through its shipping agency.

The ship must not call at any port in between port of origin and port of destination for commercial purposes.

In the case of calling at in-between ports for non-commercial purposes, the authorities of these ports must submit a certificate to the SCA, stating the reasons of calling.

A certificate from the last port of origin stating the date of sailing and a certificate from the first port of arrival stating the date of arrival must be submitted.

All documents or part of them shall be submitted within 60 days from the date of transit. In case of delay to submit some of these documents or objection to them, they could be completed in a maximum period of 180 days from the date of transit.

A statement must be submitted by ship’s agency undertaking to pay the granted reduction in case of calling in between ports for commercial purposes or failing to submit the documents during the period stated above.

A tanker has no right to benefit from other rebates granted by SCA to LNG tankers.

For information about operations in the Suez Canal contact GAC Egypt at suezcanal@gac.com

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