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Canals, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on March 20, 2014 at 7:14 PM

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United Kingdom, Hull – Lock closure at King George Dock
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Lock chamber unattended
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Construction of Tuen Mun–Chek Lap Kok Link
Northern Connection
* Singapore, Singapore – Dredging off Senoko Jetty

DATE: March 20, 2014
COUNTRY: United Kingdom
PORT: Hull
Lock closure at King George Dock

King George Dock Lock in Hull will be closed to all shipping between 0900
and 1300 hours on Monday (24 March) to allow urgent repair works to be
completed.

From 1300 on 24 March until approximately 1800 on Friday 28 March, the
Easter Outer Gate will be operated by a combination of a tug boat and shore
mounted winch. It is anticipated that this will increase penning times by
approximately 30 minutes, consequently there will be a maximum of around 16
pens per day.

Depending on the progress of the work, a second four-hour closure may be
required towards the end of the 5-day period.

(For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com)

DATE: March 20, 2014
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Lock chamber unattended

The small old lock chamber at Kiel-Holtenau is currently unattended due to
a strike called by the workers’ union Ver.di.

It is understood that the old lock will remain unattended until 0600 hours
tomorrow (21 March).

Consequently only one big lock chamber is currently in service.

The present waiting times prior to entering Kiel Canal are as follows:
– Kiel-Holtenau: about 5 hours
– Brunsbüttel: about 2 hours

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

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

DATE: March 20, 2014
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Construction of Tuen Mun–Chek Lap Kok Link Northern Connection

For approximately 2 months, marine site investigation works involving
drilling of boreholes for the Northern Connection of the Tuen Mun–Chek Lap
Kok Link 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):
(A) 22º 21.379’N / 113º 57.198’E
(B) 22º 21.308’N / 113º 57.411’E
(C) 22º 21.142’N / 113º 57.357’E
(D) 22º 21.218’N / 113º 57.146’E

AREA 2:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates
(WGS 84 Datum) from (E) to (H):
(E) 22º 20.588’N / 113º 57.405’E
(F) 22º 20.564’N / 113º 57.614’E
(G) 22º 20.020’N / 113º 57.692’E
(H) 22º 19.995’N / 113º 57.490’E

The works will be carried out by one flat top barge in each respective
area. Some tugs and some work boats will provide assistance. The number of
vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit
operational requirements.

Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights and radar reflectors
will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the
barges.

In Area 1, a working area of approximately 270 metres by 100 metres will be
established around the barge. The boundary of the working area will be
marked with yellow marker buoys laid at intervals of about 50 metres with
lines of small red markers in between, and all markers will be fitted with
yellow flashing lights.

In Area 2, a working area of approximately 50 metres radius will be
established around the barge.

The hours of work will be round-the-clock.

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.39 of 2014

DATE: March 20, 2014
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Dredging off Senoko Jetty

From 1 April to 15 May, dredging will be carried out off Senoko Jetty and
its vicinity.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine
Notice No.450 of 2014, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily –
including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by
the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01°27.90’N / 103°47.68’E
2) 01°27.93’N / 103°47.67’E
3) 01°28.01’N / 103°47.80’E
4) 01°27.99’N / 103°47.82’E

Dredging work will be carried out by dredger held in position by anchors.
The dredger, with hopper barges 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 barges
assisted by pusher tugs.

During the operation, the dredger will be attended by tug boats. The tug
boats will be used to shift the dredger.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn
other craft of the project.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and
international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working areas, mariners are reminded to:
(a) Keep well clear of the safety working zone of the dredgers;
(b) Maintain a proper lookout;
(c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
(d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 21 (Sembawang Control);
and
(e) Communicate with Sembawang Control on VHF Channel 21 for assistance, if
required.

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

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