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Beaumont/Corpus Christi/Lake Charles, United States

Western Australia, Australia


Traffic suspended due to rough weather
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, Beaumont/Corpus Christi/Lake Charles, United States

Severe weather conditions with gale force winds are affecting operations at some ports in Texas and Louisiana. As a cold front slowly moves across the area, conditions are expected to deteriorate with heavy winds, rain and rough seas expected offshore.

At 16:00 hours local time yesterday (12 November) Sabine Pilots suspended traffic to and from the Beaumont outer boarding station at the SB buoy due to gale force winds and rough sea conditions. The weather conditions are expected to continue today, at least until the evening local time.

At Corpus Christi, pilots stopped boarding vessels in all areas of the ship channel at 17:00 local time yesterday due to high winds.

Lake Charles Pilots suspended traffic at 17:30 yesterday evening.

For the latest updates and information about operations in the United States, contact GAC North America at usa@gac.com

BHP iron ore train services recommence
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, Western Australia, Australia

BHP has resumed rail operations between its Pilbara iron ore mines and Port Hedland after the company had to derail a runaway train that severed the critical transport link last week.

A company spokeswoman yesterday said rail operations restarted on Saturday night after wreckage from the train, comprising 268 fully-laden iron ore cars and four locomotives, was cleared from the track on Friday.

The spokeswoman said “additional controls” had been put in place to “ensure safe operations” and that track repair work was progressing well. According to local reports, the company expects to be running at full capacity again within a couple of days.

For information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Works at Tuas Western Coast
Tuesday, November 13, 2018, Singapore

The working period for works at Tuas Western Coast has been extended.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.111 of 2018 dated 13 November, the works are now being conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – until 12 May 2019, within the working areas bounded by the following coordinates:

Working Area A
1) 01 deg. 20.277’N / 103 deg. 37.861’E
2) 01 deg. 19.747’N / 103 deg. 37.542’E
3) 01 deg. 19.217’N / 103 deg. 37.223’E
4) 01 deg. 18.786’N / 103 deg. 37.033’E
5) 01 deg. 18.347’N / 103 deg. 36.866’E
6) 01 deg. 17.925’N / 103 deg. 36.744’E
7) 01 deg. 18.434’N / 103 deg. 37.121’E
8) 01 deg. 17.503’N / 103 deg. 36.624’E
9) 01 deg. 17.440’N / 103 deg. 36.857’E

Working Area B
10) 01 deg. 19.857’N / 103 deg. 37.355’E
11) 01 deg. 19.284’N / 103 deg. 36.995’E
12) 01 deg. 19.065’N / 103 deg. 36.969’E
13) 01 deg. 19.817’N / 103 deg. 37.418’E

The works will include removal of rocks at revetments, installation and maintenance of silt barricade, dredging, rehandling of sand, reclamation and construction of revetments. A temporary jetty will be installed with the assistance of crane barges and workboats.

The dredging works will be carried out by grab dredgers assisted by tug boats. The dredger will have a circular safety working zone of 100m radius centred at the dredger. Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barges which will be assisted by tug boats.

Crane barges will be used for the removal of rocks and the construction of revetments. The rocks will be loaded onto the flat top barges which will then be discharged on land.

Sand will be supplied by a Conveyor Barge. The rehandling of sand will be carried out by backhoe dredger and bucket ladder dredger. The dredger will have a circular safety working zone of 100m radius centred at the dredger. The sand will be transported to the designated dumping ground by hopper barges and flat top barges.

The reclamation work will be carried out by hopper barges.

A temporary jetty is installed at location “J1”.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft and vessels of the work.

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 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

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