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GAC 01072014Marine Site Investigation in Hung Hom Fairway
July 21, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately one month, marine site investigation works involving cone penetration tests will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):

(A) 22 deg. 17.785’N / 114 deg. 10.986’E

(B) 22 deg. 17.524’N / 114 deg. 11.045’E

(C) 22 deg. 17.476’N / 114 deg. 10.944’E

(D) 22 deg. 17.741’N / 114 deg. 10.892’E

The works will be carried out by one flat top barge. One tug and a guard boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 80 metres around the 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.

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 not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

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.102 of 2015

Marine Site Investigation off Hung Hom & Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter
July 21, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately three months, marine site investigation works involving cone penetration tests will be carried out within the following areas:

AREA 1:

This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (F):

(A) 22 deg. 17.890’N / 114 deg. 10.867’E

(B) 22 deg. 17.859’N / 114 deg. 10.919’E

(C) 22 deg. 17.837’N / 114 deg. 10.939’E

(D) 22 deg. 17.852’N / 114 deg. 10.971’E

(E) 22 deg. 17.785’N / 114 deg. 10.986’E

(F) 22 deg. 17.741’N / 114 deg. 10.892’E

AREA 2:

This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (G) to (J):

(G) 22 deg. 17.524’N / 114 deg. 11.045’E

(H) 22 deg. 17.208’N / 114 deg. 11.117’E

(I) 22 deg. 17.185’N / 114 deg. 11.003’E

(J) 22 deg. 17.476’N / 114 deg. 10.944’E

The works will be carried out by one flat top barge. One tug and a guard boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 80 metres around the 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.

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 areas outside the hours of work.

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.100 of 2015

Bosphorus closed to transit traffic
July 21, 2015, Turkey, Turkish Straits

The Bosphorus was closed to transit traffic after a vessel ran into a villa in the Anadolu Hisari area (2. bridge) due to rudder malfunction at 12:58 hours today (21 July).

There was no pilot on board and coastal safety employed immediately two tugs and pilot for assistance. No casualties or pollution has been reported. The vessel remains anchored at the same area.

The Strait was due to re-open at 15:30 hours.

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

Extremely low rainfall, possible change to maximum Canal draft
July 21, 2015, Panama, Panama Canal

Due to the effects of the El Nino phenomenon, rainfall is currently extremely low in the Panama Canal.

The Panama Canal Authority is monitoring the situation very closely and will advise if or when there is any change to the current maximum draft of 12.04 metres (39 feet 6 inches) Tropical Fresh Water.

For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com

Delays on Free Pratique & renewal of Ship Sanitation Control Exemption Certificate
July 21, 2015, Brazil, Rio De Janeiro

Delays are being experiencing in the issuance of Free Pratique and renewal of Ship Sanitation Certificates at Rio de Janeiro ports due to port health authorities refusing to go on-board at anchorage area due to internal claims.

To avoid possible delays in arrival/sailing, owners/operators of vessel expecting to call at Rio de Janeiro in the coming months are urged to send their certificates in advance in order to to check and advise the best option.

Brazilian health authorities does not accept any Ship Sanitation Certificate issued in a port not authorised by World Health Organization (WHO). A list of authorized ports by WHO can be found at www.who.int/ihr/ports_airports/ihr_authorized_ports_list.pdf.

For information about operations at Rio de Janeiro contact GAC Brazil at shipping.rio@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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