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Ports & Terminals — By on June 21, 2013 at 6:48 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Worldwide – Maritime security operation
* Singapore, all ports – Revision to Pre-arrival Notification of Security (PANS)
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau

DATE: June 21, 2013
COUNTRY: Worldwide
Maritime security operation

The Combined Task Force 150 will conduct, in close coordination with
regional states from 28 June to 06 Jul a maritime security operation in Bab
el Mandeb Strait and its approaches. Aim of this operation is to be ready
to react at any time to an incoming maritime threat in the area.

This operation will include a merchant vessels security phase to train in
case of emerging threat to merchant traffic in the area.  In order to
strengthen its reaction plans, CTF150 is seeking for MV volunteers to
participate in this drill between 02 and 06 July.  The contribution will
– to receive recommendations and security information from UKMTO and CTF150
units in the area
– to answer to hailings at the entrance and exit of the area,
– at master’s discretion, speed permitting, follow recommendations for Bab
El Mandeb strait transit.

Volunteers are kindly asked to communicate to MARLO/UKMTO their expected
date of way through.

In the case of an imminent threat, merchant vessels are recommended to take
avoiding action within their capabilities while CTF 150 forces respond.

Merchant vessels sighting suspicious activity should report the following
– Name of reporting vessel;
– Reporting vessel position, course, speed and direction of travel;
– Suspicious activity observed including course and speed of the vessel

On receipt of a threat report, the nearest warship is to acknowledge and
close to investigate/interdict keeping CTF 150 BWC informed.  Airborne
helicopter is to close and investigate/report the situation.

(For information about operations in and around the , contact the GAC Dubai
Hub Agency Centre at

Source: U.S. Maritime Liaison Office (MARLO) Bahrain notice 21 June 2013

DATE: June 21, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: all ports
Revision to Pre-arrival Notification of Security (PANS)

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore would like to inform the
shipping community that the Pre-arrival Notification of Security (PANS) has
been revised and will be renamed as Pre-arrival Notification (PAN), and
will come into effect on 1 July 2013.

Pursuant to Section 44(2) of the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore
Act (Cap. 170A), and Regulations 3 and 63A of the Maritime and Port
Authority of Singapore (Port) Regulations, the Port Master hereby directs
that owners, agents or masters of the following vessels are to declare the
required information using the PAN form in this circular:
a) Passenger ships including high-speed passenger craft;
b) Cargo ships, including high-speed craft, of 500 GT and above;
c) Mobile offshore units, including mobile offshore drilling units

With effect from 1 July 2013, owners, agents and masters of vessels
mentioned in paragraph 2 above shall complete the revised PAN form as
attached in this circular and send it to the Port Security Department at
fax no. (65) 6221 3036 or email to at least 24 hours before
the ship’s arrival in Singapore.
The ship’s agent based in Singapore may submit the PAN through MPA’s

A vessel coming from nearby port, with less than 24 hours steaming time to
Singapore, shall immediately on departure from such port notify the Port
Security Department of MPA.

The information on
(a) Guidance to masters, companies and duly authorised officers on the
requirement relating to the submission of security-related information
prior to the entry of a ship into port;
(b) Guidance for establishing security measures when vessels call at
non-ISPS compliant ports, can be found on the following web addresses:

The revised version of ePAN is available for downloading at the following
web address:

The owners and agents of vessels are encouraged to forward soft copies of
the revised ePAN to their shipmasters.

(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singaopore at

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.5
of 2013 dated 21 June 2013

DATE: June 21, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau

Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau will take place on 29 June 2013
(Saturday) and 1 July 2013 (Monday). About 35 sailing boats are expected to
participate in the races.

The outbound trip from Hong Kong to Macau will start at 1000 hours on 29
June 2013 in an area south-east of Lamma Island (approximately one nautical
mile south of Wong Chuk Kok Light).

Depending on the weather condition, it will follow:

(a) Course 1 – a westerly route through south of Lamma Island, south of Tai
A Chau, thence to Macau if the wind is coming from the north;


(b) Course 2 – a south-westerly route through the southern Boundary of the
Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, thence to Macau if the wind is
coming from the south.

The return trip from Macau to Hong Kong will start at 1030 hours on  July
2013 and will follow:

(a) Course 1 – a route through south of Tai A Chau and to complete the ace
at a position east of Cheung Chau if the wind is coming from the north;


(b) Course 2 – a route through south of Shek Kwu Chau and to complete the
race at a position east of Cheung Chau if the wind is coming from the

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the
vicinity of the race routes should proceed with caution, giving practical
consideration to the contestants.

Compliance with the provisions of the International Regulations for
Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 is mandatory.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.74 of 2013

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