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Ports & Terminals — By on March 5, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Withdrawal of Light Buoys off Hong Kong International Airport
  • Singapore, Singapore – Horizontal direction drilling
  • Singapore, Singapore – Tuas View soil investigation works
  • Turkey, all ports – Supply of low sulphur bunker fuels

DATE: March 05, 2012 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong- PORT: Hong Kong – Withdrawal of Light Buoys off Hong Kong International Airport

With effect from 5 March 2012, the light buoy at the following positions (WGS 84 Datum) will be withdrawn.

  • (A) Name : Airport 1 Position : 22° 19.415’N / 113° 56.994’E
  • (B) Name : MCT 1 Position : 22° 19.250’N / 113° 57.000’E
  • (C) Name : TC 3 Position : 22° 18.562’N / 113° 57.490’E

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.30 of 2012 dated 2 March 2012

DATE: March 05, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Horizontal direction drilling

Horizontal direction drilling is being carried out off Tanah Merah from today (5 March) to 25 March 2012.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.29 of 2012, the works wll be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – on a route indicated by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum): HDDs’ Entry Point/s  01° 18.664’N / 104° 00.189’E HDDs’ Exit Point/s   01° 18.573’N / 104° 00.297’E

The Horizontal Direction Drilling will entail drilling works from HDD’s Entry Point to the HDD’s Exit point. Diving operation will be carried out along the route.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft to keep clear of the operation.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

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 & navigate with caution; (d) Maintain a listening watch on appropriate VHF Channel 12; and (e) Communicate with East Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Sinhgapore at singapore@gac.com

DATE: March 05, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore – Tuas View soil investigation works Soil investigation wqorks will be conducted off Tuas View from today (5 March) to 5 June 2012.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.28 of 2012, the works will be carried out 24 hours – daily including Sundays & Public Holidays – in the vicinity of West Jurong and LNG/LPG/Chemical Gas Carrier anchorages, at the following marine borehole co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

Marine Boreholes – Sector A

  • BH-39A9  1° 14.289’N / 103° 38.218’E
  • BH-39A10 1° 14.281’N / 103° 38.244’E
  • BH-39A11 1° 14.289’N / 103° 38.269’E
  • BH-39A12 1° 14.281’N / 103° 38.295’E
  • BH-39A13 1° 14.289’N/  103° 38.321’E
  • BH-39A14 1° 14.281’N / 103° 38.346’E
  • BH-39A15 1° 14.289’N / 103° 38.372’E
  • BH-39A16 1° 14.281’N / 103° 38.397’E
  • BH-39A17 1° 14.289’N / 103° 38.423’E
  • BH-39A18 1° 14.281’N / 103° 38.449’E
  • BH-39A19 1° 14.289’N / 103° 38.474’E
  • BH-39A20 1° 14.281’N / 103° 38.500’E
  • BH-39A21 1° 14.289’N / 103° 38.525’E
  • BH-39A22 1° 14.281’N / 103° 38.551’E
  • BH-39A23 1° 14.289’N / 103° 38.577’E
  • BH-39A24 1° 14.281’N / 103° 38.602’E
  • BH-39A25 1° 14.289’N / 103° 38.628’E
  • BH-39A26 1° 14.281’N / 103° 38.654’E
  • BH-39A27 1° 14.289’N / 103° 38.679’E TF-
  • BH-09 1° 14.504’N / 103° 39.103’E

Marine Boreholes – Sector B

  • BH-39A88 1° 13.752’N / 103°38.269’E
  • BH-39A89 1° 13.760’N / 103°38.244’E
  • BH-39A90 1° 13.752’N / 103°38.218’E
  • BH-39A91 1° 13.760’N / 103°38.193’E
  • BH-39A92 1° 13.752’N / 103°38.167’E
  • BH-39A93 1° 13.760’N / 103°38.141’E
  • BH-39A94 1° 13.752’N / 103°38.116’E
  • BH-39A95 1° 13.760’N / 103°38.090’E
  • BH-39A96 1° 13.752’N / 103°38.065’E
  • BH-39A97 1° 13.760’N / 103°38.039’E
  • BH-39A98 1° 13.752’N / 103°38.017’E
  • BH-40A0  1° 13.760’N / 103°37.969’E
  • BH-40B   1° 13.761’N / 103°37.916’E
  • BH-41A1  1° 13.760’N / 103°37.840’E
  • BH-41C   1° 13.760’N / 103°37.799’E
  • BH-42B   1° 13.752’N / 103°37.726’E
  • BH-42C   1° 13.760’N / 103°37.699’E TF-
  • BH-15 1° 13.749’N / 103°39.407’E

Soil investigation works will be carried out by means of borehole drilling using jack-up barges. A jack-up barge will be working on only one borehole at each sector at any one time.

The jack-up barge, with tug boats in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50 meters radius centered at the barge.

Tugboats will be used for shifting the barge from one borehole location to another.

Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity of the working areas to warn other craft of the project work.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working areas, mariners are reminded to: (a) Keep well clear and not to enter the working areas; (b) Maintain a proper lookout; (c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution; (d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (West Jurong Control); and (e) Communicate with West Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

DATE: March 05, 2012 – COUNTRY: Turkey – PORT: all ports – Supply of low sulphur bunker fuels

Owners are being urged to ensure that their vessels calling at Turkish ports have sufficient supplies of low suphur fuel in accordance with new regulations that have come into force this year, as problems are being encountered with long waiting period and supplies of low sulphur bunkers running out.

The new regulation, which came into effect on 1 January 2012, provides that maritime fuels with a sulfur content exceeding 0.1% by mass may not be used on inland water craft and ships at quay within the marine jurisdiction of the country.

Ships transiting the Turkish Straits are not subject to the provision, as long as they keep their transit navigation.

Ships flying the Turkish Flag may not use maritime fuels having a sulfur content exceeding 1.5% through SOx Emissions Control Areas as referred to in the regulation, but currently there is no Sox Emissions Control Area in Turkey.

All passenger ships operating regular service under a line permission as issued by Maritime Administration are required to use maritime fuels having a sulfur content not exceeding 1.5% by mass.

For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

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