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Ports & Terminals — By on May 19, 2012 at 12:55 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United States, Baltimore, Maryland – Safety Zone, War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorations, Chesapeake Bay and Port of Baltimore, MD
  • Singapore, Singapore – Repair works to existing revetment off Tuas Checkpoint
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine Site Investigation in Kellett Anchorage No. 2
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine Works for Laying of Gas Pipelines from To Kwa Wan to North Point
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Navigation Safety in the Fairway Junction Area near Central Buoy
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Wtithdrawal of Weather Buoy in Tai Tam Bay

DATE: May 18, 2012 – COUNTRY: United States – PORT: Baltimore, Maryland  – Safety Zone, War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorations, Chesapeake Bay and Port of Baltimore, MD

U.S. Coast Guard has established temporary safety zones in portions of the Inner Harbor, Northwest Harbor, Patapsco River and Chesapeake Bay before, during and after the War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorations in Baltimore, MD.

The zone will be enforced from: – 6pm on 12 June 2012 until 9pm on 13 June 2012 – 6am on 19 June 2012 until 5am on 20 June 2012

The zone includes:

  • (1) all waters within 500 yards of any War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorations vessel which is greater than 100 feet in length overall, while operating in the navigable waters of Chesapeake Bay or its tributaries, north of the Maryland – Virginia border and south of latitude 39°35’00” N
  • (2) all waters within 100 yards of any War of 1812 Bicentennial Commemorations vessel which is greater than 100 feet in length overall, while operating in the navigable waters of Chesapeake Bay or its tributaries, north of the Maryland – Virginia border and south of latitude 39°35’00” N (Datum NAD 1983)

Persons and vessels intending to transit the area of the safety zone described in (1) above shall operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain a safe course, unless required to maintain speed by the NavRules, and shall proceed as directed by the Captain of the Port (COTP) Baltimore or his designated representative.

Entry into or remaining in the area of safety zone described in (2) above is prohibited unless authorized by the COTP Baltimore or his designated representative.

For information about operations in Baltimore contact GAC Baltimore at baltimore@gac.com Source: U.S. Coast Guard Sector Baltimore

DATE: May 18, 2012 – COUNTRY: Singapore – PORT: Singapore  – Repair works to existing revetment off Tuas Checkpoint

From 24 May to 23 November 2012, repairs works will be carried out to the revetment off Tuas Checkpoint.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.63 of 2012, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

  • A) 01° 21.090’N / 103° 38.313’E
  • B) 01° 21.134’N / 103° 38.131’E
  • C) 01° 20.758’N / 103° 37.972’E

D) 01° 20.693’N / 103° 38.157’E

The repair works will entail the removal of the damaged area and restoring the wall back to its original design by work barge. The work barge will be used for transportation of equipment and material to the work site. The barge used in the project works will be shifted by tugs operating in pusher mode.

A safety boat will be in attendance at all times to warn and re-direct craft in the vicinity to keep clear of the working area.

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 Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: May 18, 2012 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong  -PORT: Hong Kong – Marine Site Investigation in Kellett Anchorage No. 2

Pls be informed with effect from 21 May 2012 and for a period of approximately 5 weeks, marine site investigation works involving vibrocoring will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):

  • (A) 22 17.765’N 114 08.491’E
  • (B) 22 17.659’N 114 08.518’E
  • (C) 22 17.411’N 114 07.445’E
  • (D) 22 17.516’N 114 07.418’E

2. The works will be carried out by two  flat-top barges. Two tugs will provide assistance in the works.

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

4. The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and Public Holidays. The vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

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

6. Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

For further info, pls contact Neo Hui, neo.hui@gac.com, shipping.hongkong@gac.com Source: Marine Department, Government of the HKSAR

DATE: May 18, 2012-  COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong – Marine Works for Laying of Gas Pipelines from To Kwa Wan to North Point

Pls be informed with immediate effect and for a period of approximately 12 months, marine works involving dredging operations, laying of twin gas pipelines and backfilling operations will be carried out in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (R):

  • (A) 22o18.544’ N 114o11.720’ E
  • (B) 22o18.422’ N 114o11.857’ E
  • (C) 22o18.342’ N 114o12.021’ E
  • (D) 22o18.300’ N 114o12.114’ E
  • (E) 22o18.244’ N 114o12.197’ E
  • (F) 22o18.156’ N 114o12.275’ E
  • (G) 22o18.055’ N 114o12.332’ E
  • (H) 22o17.975’ N 114o12.365’ E
  • (I) 22o17.975’ N 114o12.447’ E
  • (J) 22o17.954’ N 114o12.499’ E
  • (K) 22o18.097’ N 114o12.439’ E
  • (L) 22o18.219’ N 114o12.370’ E
  • (M) 22o18.325’ N 114o12.275’ E
  • (N) 22o18.392’ N 114o12.176’ E
  • (O) 22o18.442’ N 114o12.066’ E
  • (P) 22o18.471’ N 114o11.993’ E
  • (Q) 22o18.510’ N 114o11.926’ E
  • (R) 22o18.585’ N 114o11.837’ E

2. The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one grab dredger, three split hopper barges, four tug boats and some work boats and guard boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

3. A working area of approximately 50 metres around the grab dredger and 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 grab dredger and barges.

4. The works will be carried out round- the-clock.

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

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

7. 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 more info, pls contact Neo Hui, neo.hui@gac.com, shipping.hongkong@gac.com Source: Marine Department, Government of the HKSAR

DATE: May 18, 2012 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong – Navigation Safety in the Fairway Junction Area near Central Buoy

A collision accident between a high-speed passenger craft and a local ferry happened in the fairway junction near the Central Buoy off Ocean Terminal in June 2011.

The investigation into the incident revealed that the masters of the concerned vessels failed to:

  • (i) keep proper look-out by all available means to fully assess the risk of collision when a close-quarter situation with the other vessel was developing;
  • (ii) operate their vessels at a safe speed within the fairway junction around the Central Buoy amid the dense traffic situation; and
  • (iii) take proper actions when the vessels were meeting in a crossing situation

Owners, operators, masters and coxswains of vessels are required to observe Rules of COLREGS, in particular, the following requirements while navigating in the vicinity of the fairway junction near the Central Buoy:

  • (i) maintain a proper look-out by all available means to determine if risk of collision exists, and to avoid developing into a close-quarter situation with other vessels;
  • (ii)always navigate at a safe speed under the prevailing circumstances and conditions, having regard to factors such as weather and traffic density in the fairway junction, particularly the local requirement of speed limits; and
  • (iii) take positive collision avoidance actions in ample time, and as far as practicable to avoid crossing ahead of the other vessel

For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at hongkong@gac.com Source: Marine Department, Government of the HKSAR

DATE: May 18, 2012-  COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong – Withdrawal of Weather Buoy in Tai Tam Bay

The weather buoy “Weather 7” in Tai Tam Bay will be permanently withdrawn with effect from 29 May 2012. The coordinates of this weather buoy in WGS 84 Datum are: – 22° 12.845’ N – 114° 13.496’ E

For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at hongkong@gac.com Source: Marine Department, Government of the HKSAR

* due to internet problems published today 19 May 2012

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