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Pollution, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on January 2, 2015 at 7:03 PM

GAC 01072014Marine Works inside Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter
January 02, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately 30 months, marine works involving dredging operations, temporary reclamation, construction of temporary seawall and construction of tunnel will be carried out [inside Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (I) and the adjacent shoreline:

(A) 22 deg. 16.998’N / 114 deg. 11.092’E

(B) 22 deg. 17.008’N / 114 deg. 11.084’E

(C) 22 deg. 16.998’N / 114 deg. 11.060’E

(D) 22 deg. 17.064’N / 114 deg. 11.028’E

(E) 22 deg. 17.102’N / 114 deg. 11.110’E

(F) 22 deg. 17.167’N / 114 deg. 11.207’E

(G) 22 deg. 17.117’N / 114 deg. 11.255’E

(H) 22 deg. 17.075’N / 114 deg. 11.203’E

(I) 22 deg. 17.064’N / 114 deg. 11.224’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one grab dredger, four hopper barges, seven derrick barges, some tugs and work boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 15 metres around each barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barge.

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

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow markers fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 2300 hours. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the works 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.167 of 2015

Laying of Water Pipeline
January 02, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately 12 months, marine works involving drilling of a pilot hole, barging operations and water pipeline installation will be carried out [between Tai Kwai Wan, Cheung Chau and Ha So Pai, Lantau Island] 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) and the adjacent shoreline:

(A) 22 deg. 12.877’N / 114 deg. 01.508’E

(B) 22 deg. 13.056’N / 114 deg. 01.346’E

(C) 22 deg. 13.124’N / 114 deg. 01.432’E

(D) 22 deg. 12.973’N / 114 deg. 01.569’E

AREA 2:

This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (E) to (H) and the adjacent shoreline:

(E) 22 deg. 13.562’N / 114 deg. 01.052’E

(F) 22 deg. 13.511’N / 114 deg. 01.111’E

(G) 22 deg. 13.466’N / 114 deg. 01.061’E

(H) 22 deg. 13.532’N / 114 deg. 01.013’E

The works will be carried out by two flat top barges and one wooden boat. Some tugs and 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 50 metres will be established around each working vessel. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights and radar reflectors will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the working vessels.

The hours of work will be from 0700 hours to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works areas outside the hours of work.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within each works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow markers fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

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.169 of 2014

Pollution in Turkish territorial waters
January 02, 2015, Turkey, all ports

Pollution fines at Turkish ports and Straits have been increased with effect from January 2015.

The Turkish authorities are very sensitive and aggressive on all issues concerning water pollution in the country’s territorial waters.

For this reason, vessels are asked you to refrain 100% from disposing any sort of any waters (no matter how clean it is considered) when in Turkish ports, at anchorage or transiting the Turkish waters.

This includes but is not limited to:

– Kitchen water

– Food stuff

– Bilge water

– Cargo cleaning water

– Toilet water

– Deck cleaning water

– Filtered and recycled water

Fines for such disposals can reach amounts up to USD 300, 000 or more.

There are constantly undercover patrol boats, and informants with any possible reason to fine vessels are taken seriously. Environment protection agency officials take samples and photos of vessels disposing water before boarding the vessel and taking samples to compare with water taken as evidence from the sea. Samples and pictures/film enable them arrest the vessel until the fine is paid. Non-payment of the fine will result in the vessel remainng arrested until payment. Letter of guarantee or promisory notes are not accepted.

For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

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“Jo”

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