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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Singapore, Pasir Panjang – Underwater drilling & blasting
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Submarine cable repairs south off Man Kwok Tsui

DATE: November 15, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Pasir Panjang
Underwater drilling & blasting

The working area has been revised for underwater drilling and blasting
works at Pasir Panjang Terminal, Phase 3 & 4, and the working period
extended. The works will now be conducted from 17 to 22 November.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No. 151 of 2013 dated 14 November 2013, the works will be carried
out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the
working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

1) 1 deg. 16.382’N / 103 deg. 46.498’E
2) 1 deg. 16.231’N / 103 deg. 46.409’E
3) 1 deg. 16.137’N / 103 deg. 46.565’E
4) 1 deg. 16.288’N / 103 deg. 46.655’E

Blasting work will be carried out daily in accordance to the following
schedule except on Sundays and Public Holidays.
1. 0800hrs – 0900hrs
2. 1200hrs – 1400hrs
3. 1630hrs – 1830hrs

Drilling and blasting works in Sector H Area shall only be carried out when
P24 is closed to all PSA berthing/unberthing operations (WM374 – WM 698).

Prior to commencement of drilling and blasting works at Sector H Area, an
approach channel (more than 360m wide) which has a LOA restriction of 230m
will be established so as to allow PSA berthing/unberthing operations to
P24 – P26 (WM 698 – 1300).

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
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

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

DATE: November 15, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Submarine cable repairs south off Man Kwok Tsui

For approximately 3 months, submarine cable repairing operations will be
carried out [to the South of Man Kwok Tsui, Lantau Island] within the area
bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum)
from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 15.978’N / 114 deg. 01.173’E
(B) 22 deg. 15.803’N / 114 deg. 01.312’E
(C) 22 deg. 15.772’N / 114 deg. 01.269’E
(D) 22 deg. 15.943’N / 114 deg. 01.126’E

The works will be carried out by one crane barge. One tug and one work boat
will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres will be established around the
barge. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid
to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barge.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 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 during the hours of

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

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

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.136 of 2013

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