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Ports & Terminals — By on March 10, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Your daily news*** service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United States, Mississippi River, Louisiana – Grounded vessel
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Construction of railway bridge in Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Submarine outfall construction at Yung Shue Wan

DATE: March 09, 2012 – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: Mississippi River, Louisiana –  Grounded vessel

The USCG Sector New Orleans reports that a vessel which grounded at 0600 yesterday (8 March) at MM 165.5 AHOP is outside the boundary of Burnside Anchorage and outside the navigation channel.

Vessel traffic is not impeded at this time.

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

DATE: March 09, 2012 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong – Construction of railway bridge in Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter

For approximately 20 months, construction of railway bridge in Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter will be carried out in the following areas:

AREA 1: This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline: (A) 22º 14.744’N / 114º 09.626’E (B) 22º 14.726’N / 114º 09.607’E (C) 22º 14.737’N / 114º 09.595’E (D) 22º 14.754’N / 114º 09.613’E

AREA 2: This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (E) to (H) and the adjacent shoreline: (E) 22º 14.707’N / 114º 09.563’E (F) 22º 14.718’N / 114º 09.574’E (G) 22º 14.703’N / 114º 09.590’E (H) 22º 14.686’N / 114º 09.573’E

The works involve seawall modification, construction of temporary sheet pile cofferdams, erection of working platforms and crane towers, construction of bridge columns at each side of the bridge as well as construction of bridge segments straddling between the works areas.

Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights have been laid to demarcate the boundary of the works areas at co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) (B), (C), (F) and (G) respectively.

The works will be carried out by one  crane barge and one flat top barge. One guard boat will provide assistance. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 25 metres around each barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barges.

During construction of bridge segments aloft with vertical clearance of 14 metres above sea level, a passageway with not less than 40 metres navigable width sandwiched between the lines joining BC and GF will be maintained at all times during and after the works period.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels engaged in the works will stay in the works areas outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the works will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the areas.

(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.34 of 2012 dated 8 March 2012

DATE: March 09, 2012  – COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong – Submarine outfall construction at Yung Shue Wan

For approximately 8 months, submarine outfall construction works involving dredging, erection  of a temporary working platform, underground drilling and pipe laying, installation of a diffuser and removal of the temporary working platform will be carried [at Yung Shue Wan, Lamma Island] out in the area bounded by straight lines joining the co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:

  • (A) 22º 13.437’N / 114º 06.463’E
  • (B) 22º 13.603’N / 114º 06.209’E
  • (C) 22º 13.648’N / 114º 06.242’E
  • (D) 22º 13.462’N / 114º 06.530’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including three derrick barges, one split hopper barge, some tugs and guard boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 30 metres around each barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barges.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow markers fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

A cable wire will be temporarily laid on the seabed along the alignment of the submarine outfall for survey purpose. The cable wire will be removed upon the completion of the submarine outfall construction works.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the area.

(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.35 of 2012

*** This report is dated 09 March 2012 but was stuck on the www……

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