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Ports & Terminals — By on April 27, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • Germany, Kiel Canal – Repairs to Brunsbuettel locks
  • Germany, Kiel Canal – Lock Chamber back in service
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Underwater inspection & submarine cable laying
  • Singapore, Jurong Port – Construction of secondary SLNG Terminal
  • Chile, all ports – Change of time zone

DATE: April 27, 2012 COUNTRY: Germany PORT: Kiel Canal – Repairs to Brunsbuettel locks 

Repairs to the New Big North Lock Chamber at Brunsbuettel have been completed and both New Big Lock Chambers back in service for the time being. However, repairs will re-commence on 7 may and last until 11 May.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC network agent

DATE: April 27, 2012 – COUNTRY: Germany – PORT: Kiel Canal – Lock Chamber back in service

Repairs to the New Big South Lock Chamber at the Kiel-Holtenau locks have been successfully completed and both New Big Lock Chambers are in service.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK HUb Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC network agent

DATE: April 27, 2012 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong  -Underwater inspection & submarine cable laying

approximately 5 months, marine works involving underwater inspections and cable laying operations will be carried out along a line from Stanley Bay to the eastern boundary of Hong Kong Waters.

The line is formed by joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

  • (A) 22° 12.907’N / 114° 12.371’E
  • (B) 22° 12.930’N / 114° 12.489’E
  • (C) 22° 12.853’N / 114° 12.567’E
  • (D) 22° 12.263’N / 114° 12.444’E
  • (E) 22° 11.760’N / 114° 12.460’E
  • (F) 22° 11.378’N / 114° 12.811’E
  • (G) 22° 10.677’N / 114° 12.831’E
  • (H) 22° 08.991’N / 114° 15.036’E
  • (J) 22° 10.470’N / 114° 26.358’E
  • (K) 22° 10.897’N / 114° 26.890’E
  • (L) 22° 10.718’N / 114° 27.300’E
  • (M) 22° 11.150’N / 114° 29.715’E
  • (N) 22° 11.671’N / 114° 30.147’E

The works will be carried out by one cable-laying barge, one work barge, one work boat and two tugs. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 100 metres around the work barge or 300 metres around the cable-laying barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from these two barges.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 2300 hours. Vessels engaged in the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

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

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution at a slow speed and keep clear of the barges, bearing in mind that 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.55 of 2012

DATE: April 27, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Jurong Port- Construction of secondary SLNG Terminal

From 20 April to 29 September, construction works will be carried out for the secondary SLNG Terminal at Jurong Island.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.56 of 2012, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within a working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum): 1) 01° 13.642’N / 103° 40.560’E 2) 01° 13.716’N / 103° 40.509’E    (Helios 1/ FL(2)Y 8s) 3) 01° 13.911’N / 103° 40.374’E    (Helios 2/ FL(2)Y 6s) 4) 01° 13.990’N / 103° 40.319’E 5) 01° 14.076’N / 103° 40.352’E

Construction of the jetty will entail piling concrete works, installation of marine fendering system and mooring facilities. Piling and concrete works will be carried out by work barges.

Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity 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 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 VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control); and (e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22, for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: April 27, 2012 – COUNTRY: Chile – PORT: all ports  – Change of time zone

The Chilean Government has advised the change of local time zone from GMT -3 to GMT -4 with effect from 24.00 hours tomorrow (Saturday 28 April).

For information about operations in Chile contact GAC-Ultramar Network at gac-ultramarnetwork.chile@gac.com

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