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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Safety and Security — By on November 3, 2014 at 7:25 PM

GAC 01072014Haze causing possible reduced visibility
November 03, 2014, Singapore, all ports

Due to the presence of haze, the visibility in the Singapore Strait and port waters could be significantly reduced.

During periods of restricted visibility, shipmasters are advised to keep a proper lookout and navigate with caution. They are also advised to comply with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea and in particular Rule No. 19, Rule No. 20 and Rule 35 concerning conduct of vessels in restricted visibility, exhibition of navigation lights and sound signals in restricted visibility, respectively.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No. 133 of 2014 dated 3 November 2014

HAZE ALERT: 24-hour PSI level 101-200
November 03, 2014, Singapore, all ports

It has been reported that the average 24-hour PSI level is between 101 and 200 [in Singapore]. This PSI level range is considered as unhealthy.

Shipping & Harbour Craft communities, shipowners, shipping agents, terminal operators and marine service providers are advised to monitor the PSI level through media.

Employers are advised to monitor their outdoor workers and follow guidelines provided by Ministry of Manpower (MOM). Guidelines for employers on protecting employees from the effects of haze can be found in the following MOM’s website: www.mom.gov.sg/Documents/haze/mom-workplace-guidelines-2014.pdf

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No. 134 of 2014 dated 3 November 2014

Search and Rescue operation
November 03, 2014, Turkey, Turkish Straits

Traffic in the Bosphorus was suspended at 10.20 hours local time today (3 November), due to search and rescue operations after a motorboat carrying about 50 refugees sunk.

The vessel was heading for Constanta when it sunk in the Black Sea at about 0500 hours local time this morning (3 November) about 4 miles off the Bosphorus.

Traffic is expected to resume at 16.15 hours local time.

The number of dead has risen to 24, and 7 passengers have been rescued.

Coastal Safety launches are in the area and the search continues.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

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“Jo”

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