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Port Kembla, Australia

World Holidays: 14-27 July 2019
Saturday, July 13, 2019, Worldwide

Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the following:
16 Jul (Tue) – Asarna Bucha day (Thailand)
21 Jul (Sun) – Ninoy Aquino Day (Philippines)
23 Jul (Tue) – 23rd July Revolution Day (Egypt)
26 Jul (Fri) – National Heroes’ Day (Philippines)

For information about operations around the world contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found at www.gac.com

Port Condition ZULU set
Saturday, July 13, 2019, New Orleans, United States

Effective at 5:00 pm local [on 12 July], in preparation for severe weather, the Captain of the Port (COTP), Sector New Orleans has set Port Condition ZULU for the Lower Mississippi River from Mile Marker (MM) 20 Below Head of Passes (BHP) to MM 303 Above Head of Passes (AHP)…

…Both the Inner Harbor Navigation Canal/Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and the Harvey/Algiers Canals Regulated Navigation Areas (RNAs) are in effect…

…The Harvey and IHNC Locks are closed to vessel navigation.

The following flood gates are closed: GIWW East Closure Bypass Gate, GIWW East Closure Sector Gate, Bayou Bienvenue Lift Gate, Seabrook Complex, Bayou Dupre Sector Gate, Caernarvon Sector Gate, and old Bayou Bienvenue Gate…

…No movement is authorized on the Lower Mississippi River from MM 20 BHP to MM 303 AHP without permission from the COTP or designated representative. The restriction of movement is intended to minimize wakes from transiting vessels that could potentially damage flood protection structures. This does not preclude the movement of any vessel to prevent or mitigate a potentially hazardous condition or the ability of fleet boats to transit light boat to conduct necessary safety checks on fleets.

Vessels transiting in the river system when ZULU is set may continue northbound to a safe refuge. All vessels shall contact the Vessel Traffic Service prior to movement…

… the COTP may close portions of the port in response to forecasted weather and actual damage, impact, or threat in different geographic areas within the port. The COTP may establish a Safety Zone controlling vessel movements and activities as appropriate, including all Navigable Waters of the United States within 12 NM of shoreline. All vessels are strongly urged to maintain a safe distance from the offshore safety fairways to protect the integrity of the navigational shipping lanes…

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector New Orleans, Marine Safety Information Bulletin issued at 15.10 hours local time on 12 July 2019

Temporary suspension of shipping movements
Saturday, July 13, 2019, Port Kembla, Australia

Due to the current high winds, shipping movements at Port Kembla have been temporarily suspended today (13 July).

The port is continuously monitoring conditions to enable shipping to resume as soon as possible. Assessments will be made on a case-by-case basis to gauge if it is safe to proceed or to delay arrival or departure until favourable conditions prevail.

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

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