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14-Sep-2020

GREEN LIGHT FOR DEEPER FAIRWAY
Gothenburg, Sweden

TROPICAL STORM SALLY MOVING WEST-NORTHWEST
Northern Gulf Coast, United States

SETTING OF PORT CONDITION ZULU
New Orleans, United States

Green light for deeper fairway
Monday, September 14, 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden

Gothenburg City Council passed a resolution to grant more than 1,2 billion kronor (€120,000,000) to finance the Skandia Gateway project, which is aimed at deepening the fairway leading into the Port of Gothenburg.

The sum was matched by the Swedish Transport Administration as part of the national infrastructure plan, and as a result the project is fully funded. The three parties now have a firm basis for entering into an implementation agreement…

…Direct services to and from the Port of Gothenburg across the oceans of the world without the need for transshipment are vitally important if Swedish companies are to reach global markets in a way that is both climate-friendly and cost-effective. However, as ships continue to grow in size and require a deeper draught, development of the fairway is crucial. At present the very largest ships can only call at the Port of Gothenburg half loaded, and the ships that are required to keep pace with global maritime expansion are becoming bigger by the year…

…Skandia Gateway is a joint project being run by the Gothenburg Port Authority, the Swedish Maritime Administration, and the Swedish Transport Administration. With funding now in place, the three organisations can move forward and enter into an implementation agreement for this much sought-after project…

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

Source: Extracts from Port of Gothenburg (www.portofgothenburg.com) Press Release dated 11 September 2020

Tropical Storm Sally moving west-northwest
Monday, September 14, 2020, Northern Gulf Coast, United States

A Storm Surge Warning is in effect for Port Fourchon Louisiana to the Alabama/Florida Border, Lake Pontchartrain, Lake Maurepas, and Lake Borgne, and Mobile Bay.

A Hurricane Warning is in effect for Morgan City Louisiana to the Mississippi/Alabama Border, and Lake Pontchartrain and Lake Maurepas including metropolitan New Orleans.

A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Mississippi/Alabama Border to Indian Pass Florida and Intracoastal City Louisiana to west of Morgan City…

…At 400 AM CDT (0900 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Sally was located near latitude 28.3 North, longitude 87.3 West. Sally is moving toward the west-northwest near 9 mph (15 km/h).

This general motion is expected today, followed by a decrease in forward speed and a turn to the northwest tonight and a northward turn sometime on Tuesday. On the forecast track, the center of Sally will move over the north-central Gulf of Mexico today, and approach southeastern Louisiana this afternoon, and make landfall in the hurricane warning area on Tuesday. Afterward, Sally is expected to move slowly north-northeastward near the northern Gulf Coast through Wednesday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph (95 km/h) with higher gusts. Strengthening is expected over the next day or so, and Sally is forecast to become a hurricane by tonight, with additional strengthening possible before the center crosses the northern Gulf Coast.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km) from the center…

…The combination of a dangerous storm surge and the tide will cause normally dry areas near the coast to be flooded by rising waters moving inland from the shoreline…

…Hurricane conditions are expected within the hurricane warning area starting late today. Tropical storm conditions are possible within the watch area during the next few hours, and are expected within the warning area beginning this morning.

Sally is expected to be a slow-moving system as it approaches land producing 8 to 16 inches of rainfall with isolated amounts of 24 inches over portions of the central Gulf Coast from the western Florida Panhandle to far southeast Louisiana through the middle of the week. Life-threatening flash flooding is possible. In addition, this rainfall will likely lead to widespread minor to isolated major flooding on area rivers.

Sally is forecast to turn inland early Wednesday and track into the Southeast with rainfall of 6-12 inches possible across portions of inland southeast Mississippi and Alabama. Significant flash and urban flooding is likely, as well as widespread minor to moderate flooding on some rivers.

Further heavy rain is then anticipated across portions of eastern Tennessee, northern Georgia and western North Carolina Thursday into Friday. Flash, urban, and minor river flooding is possible across this region.

Outer bands of Sally are expected to produce additional rainfall of 1-3 inches across the Florida peninsula today. This rainfall may produce flash and urban flooding and prolong high flows and ongoing minor flooding on rivers across central Florida.

A tornado or two may occur this afternoon through Tuesday over coastal areas of the Florida Panhandle, Mississippi, Alabama, and extreme southeastern Louisiana…

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

Source: Extracts from National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Tropical Storm Sally Advisory No.11 issued at 0400am CDT on Mon 14 September 2020

Setting of Port Condition Zulu
Monday, September 14, 2020, New Orleans, United States

In preparation for the approaching Tropical Storm SALLY, the Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector New Orleans will set Port Condition ZULU in accordance with the Maritime Hurricane Contingency Port Plan (MHCPP) found at https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/new-orleans as follows:

Effective at 1200 local time on September 14, 2020, no southbound vessel movement is authorized within the COTP New Orleans Zone, as described in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 3.40-15, from Mile Marker (MM) 20 Below Head of Passes to MM 167.5 Above Head of Passes (Sunshine Bridge) and no vessel movement is authorized on the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) from MM 44.2 East of Harvey Locks (EHL) to MM 20 West of Harvey Locks (WHL). Northbound vessels transiting in the river system when ZULU is set may continue northbound to a safe refuge, but should contact the Vessel Traffic Center at (504) 365-2514 or VHF-FM channels 5A, 12, or 67 with their intentions.

Effective at 1800 local time on September 14, 2020, no vessel movement is authorized within the entire COTP New Orleans Zone, as described in Title 33 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) Part 3.40-15, from Mile Marker (MM) 20 Below Head of Passes to MM 303 Above Head of Passes, the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW) from MM 44.2 East of Harvey Locks (EHL) to MM 20 West of Harvey Locks (WHL), the GIWW Port Allen – Morgan City Alternate Route from MM 30 to MM 65, and the Atchafalaya River from MM 0 to MM 45. Northbound vessels transiting in the river system when ZULU is set may continue northbound to a safe refuge, but should contact the Vessel Traffic Center at (504) 365-2514 or VHF-FM channels 5A, 12, or 67 with their intentions.

Fleet boats may transit light boat in the vicinity of their fleets to conduct necessary safety checks on fleets and/or respond to emergencies without contacting the Vessel Traffic Center prior to movement…

…Except in an emergency or to prevent/mitigate a potentially hazardous condition, all vessels shall contact the Vessel Traffic Center prior to movement. If vessels move in the event of an emergency, notify the Vessel Traffic Center as soon as practicable.

Both Hurricane Regulated Navigation Areas (RNAs) are in effect as per 33 CFR 165.838 (refer to MSIB Volume XX Issues 099 and 101). The RNA canals shall not be used for safe haven. Vessel owners must use good judgment in determining a floating vessel’s mooring location during a storm. All facilities with an Annual Hurricane Operations Plan (AHOP) shall moor their vessels in accordance with those plans.

Under the Ports and Waterways Safety Act, the COTP may close portions of the port at any time 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 nautical miles 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 211- hours local time on 13 September 2020

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