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Rotterdam, Netherlands

Works off Marina East
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, Singapore

The working period for works being conducted south of Marina East has been extended. The works will now be carried out from 11 November 2018 to 10 May 2019.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.108 of 2018, the works 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. 16.574’N / 103 deg. 52.646’E
2) 01 deg. 16.808’N / 103 deg. 52.453’E
3) 01 deg. 16.865’N / 103 deg. 52.503’E
4) 01 deg. 16.824’N / 103 deg. 52.584’E
5) 01 deg. 16.684’N / 103 deg. 52.618’E
6) 01 deg. 16.620’N / 103 deg. 52.704’E

The works will include dredging and installation of steel pipes and towers. Crane barges will be utilized for the installation of steel pipes and towers. The dredgers will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centred from the dredgers. The dredged materials will be transported to designated dumping ground by barges. Safety boats will be deployed to warn other craft in the vicinity of the 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 and not to enter the working area;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 (East Control);
e) Communicate with East Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if required.

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

Third quarter figures show container volume growth
Tuesday, October 30, 2018, Rotterdam, Netherlands

In the first three quarters of 2018, total throughput in the port of Rotterdam was 0.4% lower than in the same period the previous year. Container volumes continued to grow at a markedly higher pace than the first nine months of 2017 – even recording a new all-time high in August…

…All in all, 350 million tonnes of cargo was handled in the port of Rotterdam, a decrease of 1.5 million tonnes compared to last year. The port expects to make up some of the difference in the fourth quarter, so that the throughput recorded for 2018 in its entirety will be more or less equal to that of 2017…

…In 2018, container throughput increased significantly – by 5.7% (in TEU) compared to the previous year. This resulted in a total volume of 10,780,204 TEU. The strongest increase was recorded in the first seven months, with August 2018 setting a new record with 136,500 tonnes.

Growth rates in the first nine months of 2018 differ from trade route to trade route: along the Asia-Europe trade lane, the volume of incoming loaded containers rose by 10%, while outbound volumes decreased by 7.6%. Overall throughput on the North American trade lane increased by almost 10%, and handling for the South American lane even rose by over 20%…

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

Source: Extract from Port of Rotterdam (www.portofrotterdam.com) Press Release dated 30 October 2018

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