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Gulf Coast, United States

Dockers & port workers announce two-hour strike plan
Tuesday, September 15, 2020, France

Two-hour stoppages on Thursday (17 September) have been announced by dockers and port workers at several French ports.

At Le Havre, dockers will not work from 0900 to 1100 hours local time.

At Lorient, port workers will down tools for two hours.

Both dockers and port workers will not work for two hours at the ports of Montoir, Saint Nazaire, Nantes, Donges, La Pallice, Bordeaux, Bayonne and Sete.

Nothing has yet been announced/confirmed at this stage for the ports of Dunkirk, Rouen, Brest, Fos, Lavera and Marseille.

(For information about operations in France, contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency Centre at hub.ae@gac.com)

Source: SEA-Invest Shipping Agency – GAC agent

Implementation of Large-Scale Social Restrictions Phase II
Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Jakarta, Indonesia

DKI Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan has decided to reimpose volume two of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) for handling COVID-19, for two weeks from yesterday (Monday 14 September) to 27 September.

This includes the following 17 new rules:

Odd-even system for vehicles is eliminated.
Cars are only allowed to carry a maximum of two people per line, unless domiciled at the same address.
Maximum capacity of public transportation and taxis is 50%, and the operating time of public transportation is limited.
Online motorcycle taxis are allowed to operate.
Entry and exit permit to enter/exit Jakarta (SIKM) is not enforced.
Motor vehicle free day (HBKB) or CFD is eliminated.
As many as 11 business sectors, representative offices of foreign countries, international organisations, State-Owned Enterprises (BUMN) / Regional Owned Enterprises (BUMD) participating in the handling of COVID-19, and community organisations engaged in disasters may operate by limiting the number of employees to a maximum of 50%.
Central and local government offices or agencies limit the number of employees to a maximum of 25%.
Markets and malls may operate with a maximum visitor capacity of 50%.
Entertainment venues, recreation areas, city parks, and Child-Friendly Integrated Public Space (RPTRA) are closed.
Wedding receptions, weddings are only held at the KUA or civil registry office.
Public sports facilities are closed, sports are only allowed to be done independently at home.
Schools are closed, teaching and learning activities are carried out online.
Places of worship in the red zone are closed, only places of worship in settlements can be opened with a maximum visitor capacity of 50%.
All public facilities are closed.
Self-isolation is eliminated, COVID-19 patients who refuse to be isolated independently in designated places will be forcibly picked up.
Restaurants and cafes may only serve delivery orders, not dine-in.
For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Indonesia, contact PT Andhika GAC at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

Suspension of traffic due to bridge construction works
Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Dardanelles, Turkey

Vessel traffic in the Dardanelles will be suspended between at 05:00 and 17:00 hours local time on Thursday (17 September), due to cable assembling works for the construction of Canakkale 1915 Bridge.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits, contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

Sally to make landfall tonight or tomorrow
Tuesday, September 15, 2020, Gulf Coast, United States

At 400am CDT (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Sally was located near latitude 28.9 North, longitude 88.1 West. Sally is moving toward the west-northwest near 2 mph (4 km/h), and this general motion is expected to continue this morning. A northward turn is expected this afternoon, followed by a slow north-northeastward to northeastward motion tonight and continuing through Wednesday night.

On the forecast track, the center of Sally will move near the coast of southeastern Louisiana later today, and make landfall in the hurricane warning area tonight or Wednesday morning…

…Although little change in strength is forecast until landfall occurs, Sally is still expected to be a dangerous hurricane when it moves onshore along the north-central Gulf coast.

Hurricane-force winds extend outward up to 45 miles (75 km) from the center and tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 125 miles (205 km)…

…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 to begin within the hurricane warning area this late afternoon or tonight. Tropical storm conditions are occurring in portions of the warning area across the western Florida Panhandle and Alabama, and these conditions will gradually spread westward this morning and continue into Wednesday.

Sally is expected to be a slow-moving system as it approaches land producing 10-20 inches of rainfall with isolated amounts of 30 inches along and just inland of the central Gulf Coast from the western Florida Panhandle to far southeastern Mississippi.

Historic flooding is possible with extreme life-threatening flash flooding likely through Wednesday. In addition, this rainfall will lead to widespread moderate to major flooding on area rivers.

Sally is forecast to turn inland early Wednesday and move across the Southeast producing rainfall of 4-8 inches, with isolated maximum amounts of 12 inches, across portions of southeastern Mississippi, southern and central Alabama, northern Georgia, and the western Carolinas. Significant flash and urban flooding is likely, as well as widespread minor to moderate flooding on some rivers.

A tornado or two will be possible this morning in coastal areas of the Florida Panhandle and Alabama. The tornado threat should increase and slowly spread inland the rest of today into Wednesday.

Swells from Sally will continue to affect the coast from the Florida Big Bend westward to southeastern Louisiana during the next couple of days…

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

Source: Extracts from National Hurricane Center, Miami FL, Hurricane Sally Advisory No.16 issued at 400am CDT on 15 September 2020

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