HOT Port News from GAC

Ports & Terminals — By on November 14, 2012 at 12:38 AM

Your daily news service from ports around the world.
In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

  • United Kingdom, Eastham – New chart issued for Channel
  • United Arab Emirates, Port of Fujairah – Crew changes at Fujairah port and offshore anchorage
  • Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine Site Investigation at Tolo Harbour
  • Singapore, Singapore – Dredging off Pasir Panjang Terminal (changes)
  • Turkey, Turkish Straits – Strong wind may affect transits

DATE: November 13, 2012 COUNTRY: United Kingdom PORT: Eastham New chart issued for Channel

A new chart for Eastham Channel was issued by the Port Authority on today (13 November). The River Pilot Pod Master has confirmed the below information which applies until further notice:
Stanlow approaches: Minus – 0.70 m off Tide height – (allows for 0.60 m UKC)
Stanlow approaches: Minus – 0.70 m off Tide height for over 22 m Vessels up to 23 m max) – allows for 0.60 m UKC
QEII Eastham approaches: Minus  – 0.80 m off Tide height – (allows for 0.60 m UKC) – (For larger Vessels with LOA around 175 M  : Minus – 1.30 m off Tide height)
Pilot consultation is required before loading to confirm permitted maximum drafts.
Dredging is taking place on a regular basis in Eastham Channel and a Survey Boat is regularly in attendance in order to take the latest soundings and issue a new chart.
For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

DATE: November 13, 2012 COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates PORT: Port of Fujairah Crew changes at Fujairah port and offshore anchorage

With effect from 11 November 2012, all crew changes at Fujairah Offshore Anchorage and Port of Fujairah will follow the below given procedure.
The Ship Master & Ship’s Agent Declaration duly filled and after verification by the ship’s agent will submit to the Control Tower for endorsement.
The Fujairah Port Immigration Department will not accept any crew change in Port of Fujairah and Fujairah Offshore Anchorage unless the Master Declaration is endorsed by the Fujairah Port Control Tower.
(For more details and information about operations in Fujairah contact GAC Fujairah at fujairahj@gac.com)
Source: Port of Fujairah Notice to Mariners No.165 dated 11 November 2012

DATE: November 13, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Marine Site Investigation at Tolo Harbour

For approximately eight weeks, marine site investigation works involving drilling of boreholes will be carried out [at Tolo Harbour] in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (F): (A) 22 deg. 26.574’N / 114 deg. 11.440’E (B) 22 deg. 26.753’N / 114 deg. 11.592’E (C) 22 deg. 25.575’N / 114 deg. 13.386’E (D) 22 deg. 25.052’N / 114 deg. 13.361’E (E) 22 deg. 25.057’N / 114 deg. 13.213’E (F) 22 deg. 25.437’N / 114 deg. 13.107’E
The works will be carried out by two flat top barges. One tug and one guard boat will provide assistance.
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.
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.
Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.
Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.
(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.157 of 2012

DATE: November 13, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Singapore Dredging off Pasir Panjang Terminal (changes)

The working area has been revised and the working period extended for dredging works off Pasir Panjang Terminal. The work will now b e conducted from 14 to 16 November 2012.
According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.162 of 2012, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
Working Area B1 1) 01° 16.528’N / 103° 46.499’E 2) 01° 16.403’N / 103° 46.708’E 3) 01° 16.362’N / 103° 46.714’E 4) 01° 16.170’N / 103° 46.600’E 5) 01° 16.309’N / 103° 46.369’E
Dredging works will be carried out by the grab dredger “Suez No.5” held in position by 2 spuds as anchors. The dredger, with hopper barge in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centred at the dredger. Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barge assisted by pusher tugs.
During the operation, the dredger and hopper barge will be attended by tug boats when required.
Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity to warn the other craft 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 of the safety working zone of the dredger; (b) maintain a proper lookout; (c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution; (d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 25 (Pasir Panjang Control); and (e) communicate with Pasir Panjang Control on VHF Channel 25 for assistance, if required.
For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

DATE: November 13, 2012 COUNTRY: Turkey PORT: Turkish Straits Strong wind may affect transits

Transits through the Turkish Straits may be adversely affected by a strong North-North West wind is expected over the next three days.
For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

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