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GAC 01072014Lock chamber closed after collision
November 24, 2014, Germany, Kiel Canal

The New Big North Lock Chamber at Kiel-Holtenau has been taken out of service until further notice after a vessel collided with the No.1 lock gate.

Repairs have commenced but it is not yet known when the lock chamber will be back in service.

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

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

Proposed permanent security zone
November 24, 2014, United States, Boston, Massachusetts

The United States Coast Guard proposes to establish a permanent security zone within Sector Boston’s Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone on the waters in the vicinity of John Joseph Moakley United States Courthouse, Boston, MA.

The security zone would only be activated for enforcement during high profile court proceedings at the Courthouse.

Comments on the proposal should be submitted by 22 December 2014. 79 Fed. Reg. 69078 [located at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2014-11-20/pdf/2014-27160.pdf]

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

Closure of landing steps at Typhoon Shelter
November 24, 2014, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The landing steps at the middle of Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter have been closed to marine traffic for temporary reclamation of the adjacent sea area.

At the same time, a set of temporary landing steps has been established at a location about 40 metres eastward from the closed landing steps.

(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.149 of 2014

Changes to Light Buoys in the Adamasta Channel
November 24, 2014, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

From 27 November 2014, withdrawal of two lateral marks and establishment of two cardinal marks in the Adamasta Channel will take place.

The details are as follows:

Positions:

(A) 22º 13.458’N / 114º 01.330’E (WGS 84 Datum)

(B) 22º 13.391’N / 114º 01.414’E (WGS 84 Datum)

(C) 22º 13.470’N / 114º 01.360’E (WGS 84 Datum)

(D) 22º 13.380’N / 114º 01.390’E (WGS 84 Datum)

Changes:

(i) The light buoys “Adamasta Rock NW” at position (A) and “Adamasta Rock SE” at position (B) will be permanently withdrawn.

(ii) A new cardinal mark “Adamasta Rock N” will be established at position (C). The particulars of the buoy are as follows:

Type: North cardinal mark

Shape: Pillar

Colour: Black above yellow

Top Mark: Two black cones one above the other, points upward

Light Characteristics: Q

Radar Reflector: Fitted

(iii) A new cardinal mark “Adamasta Rock S” will be established at position (D). The particulars of the buoy are as follows:

Type: South cardinal mark

Shape: Pillar

Colour: Yellow above black

Top Mark: Two black cones one above the other, points downward

Light Characteristics: Q(6) + LFl. 15s

Radar Reflector: Fitted

(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.143 of 2014

12-hour maintenance shut-down
November 24, 2014, Australia, Port Kembla

There will be no loading at Port Kembla Coal Terminal from 0700 to 1900 hour local time tomorrow (25 November) due to a 12-hour maintenance shut-down on ship loader No.1.

The other ship loader (No.1) has been out of service for maintenance since 22 October and will remain so until 17 December.

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

Temporary change to convoy system
November 24, 2014, Egypt, Suez Canal

From today (24 November 2014), the Suez Canal will accommodate only one convoy at a time from each side. Convoys will enter the Canal only once the opposite convoy has exited.

This is believed to be a temporary system until the completion of the expansion project, after which a new traffic system will be declared.

For information about operations in the Suez Canal contact GAC Egypt at suezcanal@gac.com

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“Jo”

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