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GAC 01072014Submarine Outfall Inspection Works off Kau San Tei, Tai O
August 25, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For a period of approximately two weeks, submarine outfall inspection works will be carried out [off Kau San Tei, Tai O] in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):

(A) 22 deg. 15.795’N / 113 deg. 51.481’E

(B) 22 deg. 15.682’N / 113 deg. 51.629’E

(C) 22 deg. 15.686’N / 113 deg. 51.532’E

(D) 22 deg. 15.753’N / 113 deg. 51.444’E

The works will be carried out by one derrick lighter. One tug boat and two work boats will provide assistance.

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

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 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.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work.

A silt curtain will be established within the works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments.

Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

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

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at

Source: Government of Hong Kong Marine Department Notice No.112 of 2015

Reduced visibility in the Singapore Strait and port waters
August 25, 2015, Singapore, Singapore

Shipmasters are advised to keep a proper

lookout, navigate with caution and to comply with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, in particular Rules 19, 20 & 35 concerning conduct of vessels in restricted visibility, use of navigation

lights and sound signals.

Source: Maritime & Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No. 94 of 2015

Singapore haze alert
August 25, 2015, Singapore, Singapore

With the PSI level considered good/ moderate, shipping & harbour craft communities, shipowners, shipping agents, terminal

operators and marine service providers are advised to monitor the level.

Employers are advised to monitor their outdoor workers and follow guidelines provided by Ministry of Manpower (MOM).

Guidelines for employers on protecting

employees from the effects of haze can be found in the following MOM’s website:


(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at

Revised navigation depths at Cairns
August 25, 2015, Australia, Cairns

Mariners are advised to take note of the revised navigation depths at Cairns, as follows:

Entrance Channel:

Design depth: 8.3 metres

Actual depth: 7.8 metres

No other changes have been noted with regards to the navigational depths of the harbour and berths.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at

Port Kembla closure
August 25, 2015, Australia, Port Kembla

A number of severe weather warnings had been issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for the Illawarra Coast, and the Port Kembla Harbour Master has directed that Port Kembla be closed.

Boarding operations, ship handling and tug operations have become extremely hazardous due to high winds and seas in (and at the entrance / approaches to) the port.

It is very likely that the port will remain closed until 25 August 2015 evening (local time) or possibly through the next day, although the forecasts are a little hard to interpret due to the localised nature of the weather systems.

Based upon the forecasts issued by BOM, the Harbour Master had directed all vessels to clear the anchorage on Sunday evening (local time) and vessels have been told to remain more than 12nm from the Coast until further notice. This includes the vessels that were at anchor in the Northern Illawarra but not destined for Port Kembla.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at

Bosphorus closed due to vessel engine malfunction
August 25, 2015, Turkey, Bosporus

A 94 metre Malta-flagged vessel, M/V Lady Hayat, suffered an engine malfunction around first bridge area during her Tuzla Novorossiysk NB transit, and the Bosphorus was subsequently closed.

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

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