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GAC 01072014Changes to Ship’s Routing & Ship Reporting Systems
July 02, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

From 1 July 2015, changes imposed by the Ministry of Transport of the People’s Republic of China to the ship’s routing system and the ship reporting system in the waters of the Pearl River Estuary [came] into force.

The subject ship’s routing system covers the Dangan Channel, Lantau Channel and adjacent waters, and comprises traffic separation schemes, traffic lanes, inshore traffic zones, precautionary areas and roundabout….

….Vessels navigating in the vicinity are advised to proceed in the appropriate traffic lane, follow the general direction of the traffic flow and comply with the rules of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972.

(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.97 of 2015

Relocation of the Temporary Navigation Channels
July 02, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately 3 months, the northeast-bound temporary navigation channel across the works area of the Hong Kong Link Road will be shifted eastwards for about 100 metres to facilitate the bridge pier column construction works.

The lateral light buoys and fixed red lights marking this channel will be relocated to the following new positions (WGS 84 Datum):

LATERAL LIGHT BUOYS

(LR1) 22 deg. 16.323’N / 113 deg. 51.805’E

(LR2) 22 deg. 16.352’N / 113 deg. 51.723’E

(LR3) 22 deg. 16.425’N / 113 deg. 51.846’E

(LR1) 22 deg. 16.453’N / 113 deg. 51.764’E

FIXED RED LIGHTS

(FR1) 22 deg. 16.511’N / 113 deg. 51.882’E

(FR1) 22 deg. 16.539’N / 113 deg. 51.798’E

The southwest-bound navigation channel will remain unchanged. Guard boats will be stationed at the approaches to the navigation channels to give necessary guidance to the vessels approaching the navigation channels.

Upon the completion of the above-mentioned pier column construction works, the northeast-bound temporary navigation channel and its associated marking buoys and lights will be shifted back to their original locations as specified in Marine Department Notice No.123 of 2014.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and follow the guidance given by the guard boats on scene.

(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.92 of 2015

Prevention of pollution by garbage from ships
July 02, 2015, Hong Kong, all ports

The Hong Kong SAR Marine Department has advised that on 1 July the existing Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Garbage) Regulation (Cap 413J) was replaced by a new Regulation, namely, the Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Pollution by Garbage) Regulation (Cap 413O) giving effect to the latest requirements of the MARPOL Annex V — Prevention of Pollution by Garbage from Ships.

This new regulation applies to ships within Hong Kong waters and Hong Kong registered ships wherever they are. Details of Cap 413O can be found from the website – www.legislation.gov.hk/eng/home.htm.

According to the Marine Department Notice No.93 of 2015, amongst others, ships are required to comply with the following requirements under Cap 413O:

2.1 the discharge of any garbage from a ship within Hong Kong waters is prohibited except cargo hold, deck and external surfaces wash water which does not contain cleaning agents and additives harmful to the marine environment;

2.2 a ship of 12 metres or more in length overall must display a Garbage Discharge Placard (GDP) onboard to notify crew and passengers of the garbage discharge requirements.

2.3 A ship which is:

(i) of 100 gross tonnage or above, or

(ii) certified to carry 15 or more persons

must have onboard a Garbage Management Plan (GMP). The GMP must provide written procedures for minimizing, collecting, storing, processing and disposing of garbage.

and

2.4 A ship which is:

(i) of 400 GT or above and is certified to carry less than 15 persons;

(ii) of 400 GT or above, certified to carry 15 or more persons and engaged in a voyage of more than one hour in duration;

must have onboard a Garbage Record Book (GRB) to record the handling of shipboard garbage. Each discharge of garbage into the sea or to a reception facility must be recorded in the GRB and signed by the person in charge of the discharge on the date of the discharge. Each completed page of the GRB shall be signed by the coxswain of a local vessel, or the master of other vessels. The GRB can be purchased from the Marine Department on the 3/F of Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong or order online from the Government Bookstore – www.isd.gov.hk/eng/bookorder.htm.

The details of the aforementioned IMO Resolutions can be found on the website of the Marine Department (www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/notices.html) as attachments to this Notice. Masters, coxswains, owners/operators of ships are required to observe and comply with the requirements of Cap 413O.

For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com

More bridge works planned
July 02, 2015, Turkey, Turkish Straits

Due to continuing works on the 3. bridge (Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge), the Bosphorus will again be closed to traffic from 05:00 to 12:00 hours this Saturday (4 July).

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