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GAC 01072014Marine works off Nim Wan
January 19, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately 3 weeks, marine works involving sediment removal and diving operations will be carried out [off Nim Wan] in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:

(A) 22 deg. 25.417’N / 113 deg. 55.572’E

(B) 22 deg. 25.428’N / 113 deg. 55.575’E

(C) 22 deg. 25.424’N / 113 deg. 55.592’E

(D) 22 deg. 25.411’N / 113 deg. 55.585’E

The works will be carried out by land-based equipment from the seawall adjacent to the works area.

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 2300 hours. No work will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays.

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.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work. The International Code Flag “A” and three all-round lights in a vertical line, the highest and lowest of these lights are red and the middle light white will be displayed at the seawall to indicate the diving operations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear at a slow speed, bearing in mind that there are divers working in the area.

(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.9 of 2015

Dredging of approach channel
January 19, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately 6 months, dredging operations will be carried out [in the Approach Channel to Tai O] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (A) to (E):

(A) 22 deg. 15.320’N / 113 deg. 51.062’E

(B) 22 deg. 15.142’N / 113 deg. 51.172’E

(C) 22 deg. 14.992’N / 113 deg. 51.307’E

(D) 22 deg. 14.921’N / 113 deg. 51.224’E

(E) 22 deg. 15.284’N / 113 deg. 50.997’E

The works will be carried out by one derrick lighter and one hopper barge. One tug and one work boat 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 15 metres around each working vessel will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the working vessels.

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.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. 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.8 of 2015

Autonomous system experiments
January 19, 2015, Singapore, Singapore

From 20 January to 30 January, autonomous system experiments will be carried out in the East Johor Strait.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.06 of 2015, the works will be conducted between 0800 and 1800 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working areas bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

Working Area 1

1) 01° 24.003’N / 103° 56.269’E

2) 01° 23.175’N / 103° 57.300’E

3) 01° 23.087’N / 103° 57.125’E

4) 01° 23.767’N / 103° 56.181’E

Working Area 2

5) 01° 25.131’N / 103° 55.186’E

6) 01° 24.302’N / 103° 56.041’E

7) 01° 24.203’N / 103° 55.946’E

8) 01° 25.024’N / 103° 55.053’E

Working Area 3

9) 01° 26.045’N / 103° 52.906’E

10) 01° 25.439’N / 103° 53.958’E

11) 01° 25.266’N / 103° 53.859’E

12) 01° 25.889’N / 103° 52.829’E

Working Area 4

13) 01° 27.224’N / 103° 51.774’E

14) 01° 26.103’N / 103° 51.537’E

15) 01° 25.936’N / 103° 52.322’E

16) 01° 27.075’N / 103° 51.581’E

The experiments and collection of data will be carried out by deploying autonomous unmanned vehicles in the working areas. The autonomous unmanned vehicles will be launched from the work boat during the experiments. Operation and monitoring of these vehicles’ movement will be carried out from the workboats.

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

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:

a) Keep well clear and not to enter the working area ;

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

Ports on Tropical Cyclone Alert
January 19, 2015, Australia, Port Hedland

The ports of Port Hedland, Broome and Dampier have advised of precautions being taken in light of a Tropical Low which is expected to develop into a Tropical Cyclone tonight (19 January).

The Tropical Low is positioned just east of Derby and tracking WSW’ly towards the coast. The low is now expected to move over open water and develop into a Tropical Cyclone later tonight, before tracking parallel to the Pilbara coast during Tuesday (20 January).

Port Hedland’s Harbour Master advises that the port will commence anchorage evacuation this morning and inner harbour evacuations this afternoon following scheduled sailings on the morning high tide. Terminals are to liaise with PPA to identify vessels that will cease cargo and require re-berthing after all clear.

The Broome Harbour Master has declared the port closed for shipping until further notice from 0500 hours local time today (19 January). Only vessels on cyclone moorings are to remain in port and should make immediate contact Broome Port on VHF 14 stating how many persons on board.

The Port of Dampier is now at Cyclone Response Stage 3 – Clear Port. The port will commence clearing the Port and Anchorages of all large vessels, with a view to having all large vessels clear of port limits, 12 hours prior to the onset of gale force winds. This time frame is designed to ensure adequate margins of safety, and to provide ships adequate time to clear the coast.

Rio Tinto Berths will be clear by 1500 today.

Woodside berths will be clear by 1200 today.

Mermaid Marine berths will be clear by 1500 today.

All port anchorages, (inner and outer) will be clear by 1500 today.

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

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“Jo”

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