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  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Tin Hau Festival Sea Parade on 13 April 2012
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Tin Hau Festival – Tai Miu Wan (Joss House Bay)
  • Singapore, Singapore – Specifications of marine fuel

DATE: April 06, 2012 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong  – Tin Hau Festival Sea Parade on 13 April 2012

A sea parade comprising one passenger launch and forty fishing vessels will take place on 13 April 2012 to celebrate the Tin Hau Festival.

Participating vessels will gather in the waters off Kowloon Bay at about 1100 hours. The parade will start at about 1130 hours, follow a route passing Hung Hom, Tsim Sha Tsui East, Wan Chai, Causeway Bay, North Point, Shau Kei Wan, Lei Yue Mun and disperse at Tai Miu Wan (Joss House  Bay) at about 1400 hours.

Marine Department and Marine Police patrol launches will be deployed to regulate marine traffic during the passage of the sea parade.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution, give a wide berth to the parade fleet and comply with any direction given by the Marine Department and Marine Police patrol launches.

(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.48 of 2012

DATE: April 06, 2012 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong Tin Hau Festival – Tai Miu Wan (Joss House Bay)

The Tin Hau Festival at Tai Miu Wan will be celebrated this year on 13 April 2012. Coxswains, owners and operators of local vessels are advised that  arrangements for embarkation and disembarkation will only be made at the western side of the main pier of Tai Miu Wan, whereas the eastern side of the main pier will be used by licensed ferries.

A ferry service between North Point Ferry Pier and the Tai Miu Wan pier will operate on 12 April and 13 April 2012.  Details of the ferry service will be announced by Transport Department in due course.

The Marine Department and the  Hong Kong Police Force patrol launches will station in the vicinity to direct and control vessels attending the festival.

Persons-in-charge of local vessels are strongly reminded to ensure their vessels are not carrying more passengers than they are certified to carry. As only one set of landing steps will be available for use by local vessels, persons in-charge of local vessels must exercise extreme care, patience and good seamanship and follow the berthing/unberthing instructions of the Marine Department and the Hong Kong Police Force patrol launches on the scene.

Masters of vessels navigating in the Tathong Channel on the above dates are advised to proceed with caution as more local traffic than normal will be encountered between Lei Yue Mun and Tai Miu Wan.

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

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.47 of 2012

DATE: April 06, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore -Specifications of marine fuel

The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 8217 specifies the standards and requirements for marine fuels supplied to ships, and takes into the account the international requirements such as the SOLAS and MARPOL Conventions in respect of the allowable limits or contents in flash point and sulphur, respectively.

With effect from 1 July 2012, the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) will adopt the application of the 4th edition of 8217 (ISO 8217:2010) for marine fuels supplied within the Port of Singapore through the Singapore Standard Code of Practice for Bunkering or SS600. The ISO 8217:2010 includes two new fuel characteristics, namely Hydrogen Sulphide (H2S) in liquid phase and Oxidation Stability (OS). These two fuel characteristics require special sampling methods that will be tested at cargo source e.g. at the oil terminals. The values of H2S and OS shall be stated in the Certificate of Quality issued by the cargo provider and they must be within the limits prescribed in the ISO 8217:2010. An addendum will be added to the SS600:2008 to reflect this test reporting requirement.

All bunker suppliers are required to comply with the bunker specifications under ISO 8217:2010, unless otherwise agreed by the buyer for other contracted grade of bunker(s). Shipowners/bunker buyers are strongly advised to enter into agreed detailed specifications in their contract with bunker suppliers as failure to do so may prejudice any subsequent claims in the event of a dispute….

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.04 of 2012

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