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Thursday, September 20, 2018


China/Hong Kong – marine site work at central Fairway

With immediate effect and for a period of approx. 3 weeks marine site investigation at Central Fairway, involving collecting samples of marine deposits, will be carried out. The hours of work will normally be from 1000 to 1600 hours. Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with extreme caution.

Source: GAC Hot Port News

Iran – new single buoy mooring (SBM) positioned

The Iranian Ministry of Road and Transport has informed that a new SBM has been installed in position North 29dg 43.03min East 050dg 09.46min. Chart affected: BA2884.

Source: BlueCalm Marine Services, Tehran/Iranian Ministry of Road and Transport

Panama Canal – major locks outages and tentative schedules

The Panama Canal Authority (PCA) major locks outages and tentative schedules for the fiscal year 2001 and 2002 are available on the PCA website at

(Advisories to Shipping No. A-44-2001)

Sources: Panama Canal Authority; Barwil Agencies S.A., Panama City; C. Fernie & Co., S.A., Cristobal; Boyd Steamship Corporation, Panama/Salvesen & Odd Agencies A.s., Oslo

USA/Texas City – bunkering at Docks Nos. 11 and 12

Due to a different layout of bunker barges, barge length must be 250 feet or less, and the header connection must be 90 degrees to the dock (i.e. parallel to the terminal loading arm). The bunker barge company should contact the Terminal Operator at 409-945-4555, as the size of the vessel at Dock No. 11 determines how large a barge can moor at the barge dock.

Bunkering lube oils will now be allowed during cargo operation. Bringing a barge alongside will only be permitted with prior terminal approval. The width of the barge must not impede the traffic at neighbouring berths. The type and grade of all lube oil material to be transferred must be advised in advance. It is required that the barge must be boomed at owner’s expense. Lubes can continue to be taken either before or after discharge, provided that there is no impact on terminal operations. In this case it is not required to boom the barge.

Contact: Terminal Operator, phone 1 409-945-4555

Source: G. M. Richards Enterprises Inc., Houston