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Associations, Canals, Inland Waterways, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on August 10, 2015 at 6:39 PM

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JETTY OUT OF OPERATION FOR MAINTENANCE WORKS
United Kingdom, Grangemouth
REPAIRS TO LIGHT BEACON
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
BOSPHORUS CLOSURE TO TRAFFIC
Turkey, Turkish Straits
DRAFT RESTRICTION DUE TO ‘EL NINO’
Panama, Panama Canal
Jetty out of operation for maintenance works
August 10, 2015, United Kingdom, Grangemouth
Jetty 2 in Grangemouth is out of operation, for maintenance works, for 3-4 months as part of the development works in relation to the new Ethane Terminal.For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at us@gac.com
Repairs to light beacon
August 10, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
For approximately 3 months, repair works for a light beacon [off Sha Lo Wan, Lantau Island] 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. 17.544’N / 113 deg. 53.878’E(B) 22 deg. 17.511’N / 113 deg. 53.878’E

(C) 22 deg. 17.511’N / 113 deg. 53.831’E

(D) 22 deg. 17.544’N / 113 deg. 53.831’E

 

The works will be carried out by a backhoe pontoon. One tug and one work boat will provide assistance.

 

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

 

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 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 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 atshipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.105 of 2015

Bosphorus closure to traffic
August 10, 2015, Turkey, Turkish Straits
The Bosphorus will be closed to shipping traffic from 0600 to 1100 hours local time on 12 & 14 August, due to bridge works.For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul atturkey@gac.com
Draft restriction due to ‘El Nino’
August 10, 2015, Panama, Panama Canal
As anticipated in Advisory A-21-2015, and based on the best information available at this time, a draft restriction due to the ‘El Nino’ phenomenon being experienced at this time is hereby announced.Effective September 8, 2015, the maximum authorized transit draft for the Panama Canal is set at 11.89 meters (39.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) as follows:

* Ships loaded prior to August 11, 2015, to draft over 11.89 meters (39.0 feet) will be waived for transit, subject to safety considerations.

* Ships loaded on or after August 11, 2015, must comply with the restriction and may be required to trim or off-load cargo.

 

It is anticipated that the maximum authorized transit draft may be further restricted to 11.73 meters (39.5 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) on September 15, 2015, as follows:

* This draft projection is tentative and is furnished for planning purposes only. A final determination will be based on actual rainfall and lake level data and confirmed through an official OP Advisory to Shipping.

* Should the 11.73 meters (38.5 feet) restriction be implemented on September 15, 2015, ships loaded prior to August 18, 2015, will be waived for transit, subject to safety considerations.

* Ships loaded on or after August 18, 2015, must comply with the restriction and may be required to trim or off-load cargo.

* Implementation of the September 15 restriction will be announced with at least a four-week advance notice.

 

The maximum authorized transit draft is the deepest point of immersion in Tropical Fresh Water (TFW) permitted for a particular vessel in Gatun Lake. Water density of Gatun Lake is 0.9954 at 29.4 deg. (85 deg. F). Vessels shall attive in Canal waters will no list.

 

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

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-24-2015 dated 7 August 2015

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