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Health and Safety, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on November 6, 2014 at 8:10 PM

GAC 01072014Trimming of underwater high spots
November 06, 2014, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately three months, trimming operations for underwater high spots will be carried out [south of Shek Kwu Chau] in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (F):-

(A) 22º 09.353’N / 113º 58.852’E

(B) 22º 09.190’N / 113º 58.852’E

(C) 22º 09.190’N / 113º 59.143’E

(D) 22º 08.974’N / 113º 59.143’E

(E) 22º 08.973’N / 113º 58.387’E

(F) 22º 09.352’N / 113º 58.387’E

The works will be carried out by one grab dredger. One split hopper barge, 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.

A working area of approximately 100 metres will be established around the dredger and hopper barge. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the dredger and split hopper barge.

The works will be carried out 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.139 of 2014

Ebola Virus protection measure
November 06, 2014, China, Zhanjiang

The Zhanjiang MSA Marine Department for Ebola Virus Protection has advised that visiting vessels which have loaded at ports in Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia and Congo are prohibited from entering the port of Zhanjiang.

This includes those vessels which have berthed at third ports (such as Singapore) for bunkers.

For vessels sailing from other African ports, the agent must declare 7 days in advance of arrival with all the necessary ship documents.

For further details and information about operations in China contact GAC China at china@gac.com

New charts issued
November 06, 2014, Australia, Port Hedland

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has advised that new charts have been issued for Port Hedland.

New editions of Port Hedland charts have been published, as below:

Aus 52 24/10/2014 Australia – North West Coast – Western Australia – Entrance Channel to Port Hedland 20° 05’•90 S – 20° 19’•90 S 118° 29’•07 E – 118º 38’•45 E

New edition with general updating throughout.

Aus 53 24/10/2014 Australia – North West Coast – Western Australia – Approaches to Port Hedland 19° 51’•90 S – 20° 19’•90 S 143° 00’•86 E – 118º 38’•60 E

New edition with general updating throughout.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Power restored after refinery blackout
November 06, 2014, Venezuela, Amuay Bay

The electricity supply has been re-established at Amuay oil refinery and operations are gradually starting up again.

However, according to local reports, the country’s biggest oil refinery will need at least 48 hours to return to full operations after a blackout shut down the complex on Tuesday night (4 November).

For information about operations in Venezuela contact GAC-Vensport at gac-vensport.venezuela@gac.com

GAC is a global provider of integrated shipping, logistics and marine services dedicated to helping customers achieve their strategic goals at the highest levels of quality, safety and compliance.

“Jo”

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