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Canals, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on November 5, 2013 at 10:46 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Temporary closure of Canal
* Singapore, Pasir Panjang – Underwater drilling & blasting
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Closure of landing steps
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Construction of Railway Bridge in Aberdeen Typhoon
Shelter

DATE: November 05, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Temporary closure of Canal

Traffic in the Kiel Canal is being stopped from 0900 hours local time this
morning (5 November), to allow for the salvage of the vessel damaged in
last week’s collision.

The operation is expected to take approximately five hours.

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

Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC agent

DATE: November 05, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Pasir Panjang
Underwater drilling & blasting

The working area for underwater drilling & blasting at Pasir Panjang
Terminal, Phase 3 & 4, has been revised and the working period has been
extended.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No. 147 of 2013 dated 5 November 2013, the works will now be
conducted from 6 to 13 November, within the working area bounded by the
following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

BLASTING AREA SECTOR D1b
1) 1 deg. 16.619′N / 103 deg. 46.650′E
2) 1 deg. 16.468′N / 103 deg. 46.560′E
3) 1 deg. 16.366′N / 103 deg. 46.730′E
4) 1 deg. 16.410′N / 103 deg. 46.756′E
5) 1 deg. 16.472′N / 103 deg. 46.748′E

Drilling will be carried out 24hrs daily, including Sundays.

Blasting work will be carried out daily in accordance to the following
schedule except on Sundays.
1. 0800hrs – 0900hrs
2. 1200hrs – 1400hrs
3. 1630hrs – 1830hrs
Drilling and blasting works in Sector D1b Area shall only be carried out
when P25 – P26 is closed to all PSA berthing / unberthing operations.

Underwater drilling and blasting works will be carried out by work barge,
Orion 84, held in position by 4-point anchor winch/wire spread. Orion 84
will have a circular safety working zone in accordance to the Explosive
Safety Regulations centered at the barge.

During the operation, Orion 84 shall be attended to by anchor / tug boats.

Storage of explosives will be on board a licensed Explosive Lighter Barge
guarded by Armed Protection Officers (APOs) at all times.

Safety boats will be in attendance at all times to warn and re-direct craft
in the vicinity to keep clear of the on-going underwater drilling and
blasting work area.

The following Blast Warning Procedure will be adopted for each underwater
blasting operation:
a) All personnel will be evacuated from the danger zone prior to blasting
operations;
b) APOs in Safety Boats will cordon off the blasting area 30mins prior to
commencement of blasting operations;
c) Two (2) prolonged horn blasts will be sounded 15mins prior to
commencement of blasting operations;
d) Red Flag will be hoisted to warn mariners 5mins prior to commencement of
blasting operations;
e) Three (3) short horn blasts will be sounded 5mins prior to commencement
of blasting operations;
f) Four (4) short horn blasts will be sounded immediately prior to blasting
operations – blast is initiated on fourth (4th) horn blast;
g) One (1) prolonged horn blasts will be sounded after the completion of
blasting operations; and
h) Red Flag will be lowered to signal the completion of blasting
operations.
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 and navigate with caution;
(d) comply with the instructions from Pasir Panjang Control and the APO
craft at the scene;
(e) cease all underwater diving activities within a radius of 144 meters
from the perimeter of the working area during the periods of blasting;
(f) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 25;
and
(g) 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 05, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Closure of landing steps

Landing steps No.1 and No.2 of Central Pier No.9 will be temporarily closed
to marine traffic from 0900 hours to 1600 hours on 6 and 8 November 2013 to
facilitate an exhibition of a harbour tug which will be berthed to the
landing steps during the periods mentioned above.

Owners, operators, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels are advised
to use other landing facilities in the vicinity during the period of
closure.

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

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.131 of 2013

DATE: November 05, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Construction of Railway Bridge in Aberdeen Typhoon Shelter

For approximately 6 months, construction of railway bridge in Aberdeen
Typhoon Shelter will be carried out in the following areas:

AREA 1:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates
(WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22º 14.744′N / 114º 09.626′E
(B) 22º 14.726′N / 114º 09.607′E
(C) 22º 14.737′N / 114º 09.595′E
(D) 22º 14.754′N / 114º 09.613′E

AREA 2:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates
(WGS 84 Datum) from (E) to (H) and the adjacent shoreline:
(E) 22º 14.707′N / 114º 09.563′E
(F) 22º 14.718′N / 114º 09.574′E
(G) 22º 14.703′N / 114º 09.590′E
(H) 22º 14.686′N / 114º 09.573′E

The works involve seawall modification, construction of temporary sheet
pile cofferdams, erection of working platforms and crane towers,
construction of bridge columns at each side of the Bridge as well as
construction of bridge segments straddling between the works areas.

Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights have been laid to
demarcate the boundary of the works areas at co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum)
(B), (C), (F) and (G) respectively.

The works will be carried out by one crane barge and one flat top barge.
One guard boat will provide assistance. The number of vessels engaged in
the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 25 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.

During construction of bridge segments aloft with vertical clearance of 14
metres above sea level, a passageway of not less than 40 metres navigable
width sandwiched between the two works areas will be maintained at all
times during and after the works period.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried
out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels engaged in the works will stay
in the works areas outside the hours of work.

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

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

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep
clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the areas.

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

Source: Government of Hoing Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.128 of
2013

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