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Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Cyclones and Typhoons, Holidays, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on September 17, 2015 at 7:58 PM

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Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Singapore, Singapore
Turkey, all ports
Chile, all ports
Submarine Pipeline Inspection Works at Shatin Hoi
September 17, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
For approximately one month, submarine pipeline inspection works will be carried out [at Shatin Hoi] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):(A) 22 deg. 25.063’N / 114 deg. 13.175’E

(B) 22 deg. 25.047’N / 114 deg. 13.204’E

(C) 22 deg. 24.980’N / 114 deg. 13.159’E

(D) 22 deg. 24.997’N / 114 deg. 13.131’E


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


A working area of approximately 50 metres around the barge will be established. The works will be carried out from 0800 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. The 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.


Vessels engaged in the works 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

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.123 of 2015

Jetty construction
September 17, 2015, Singapore, Singapore
The working period for the construction of a jetty near the SAF Changi Yacht Club has been extended. The work will now be conducted from 19 September 2015 to 18 March 2016. 

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.101 of 2015, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

1) 01 deg. 18.953’N / 104 deg. 01.280’E

2) 01 deg. 18.790’N / 104 deg. 01.284’E

3) 01 deg. 18.784’N / 104 deg. 01.069’E

4) 01 deg. 18.910’N / 104 deg. 01.065’E

5) 01 deg. 18.908’N / 104 deg. 00.981’E

6) 01 deg. 18.945’N / 104 deg. 00.981’E


The construction of jetty will involve piling, formwork and concrete work.

Craft involved in the works 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

12 (East Control);


e) Communicate with East Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if required.


For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore

Kurban Bayrami holiday
September 17, 2015, Turkey, all ports
All banks and official institutions in Turkey will be closed for the nine-day Kurban Bayrami holiday from Saturday (19 September) to Sunday 27 September, inclusive. 

Vessels due to call at Turkish ports are urged to make arrangements for crew, spares, provisions, as soon as possible ahead of the holiday.


Some ports may be closed between these dates or fees for official services (pilotage, towage, mooring, customs) be increased by 50%. Please check with GAC Turkey prior to calling any Turkish Port.


GAC Turkey will be on duty during the holiday.


For information about operations in Turkey, contact GAC Turkey at

8.3-magnitude quake
September 17, 2015, Chile, all ports
Tsunami alerts were issued after a 8.3-magnitude earthquake hit central Chile at 19:54 local time (22:54 GMT) yesterday, 16 September. 

The tremor was centred off the coast about 55km west of the city of Illapel. Five people are now known to have died, and one million residents have been evacuated from coastal areas. Waves of up to 4.5m were produced along the coast in the region of Coquimbo.


Officials said it was at the depth of about 10km. Several strong aftershocks were reported minutes after the initial quake.


The quake was strongly felt in some Argentine provinces, and tsunami alerts were also issued for Peru, Hawaii, parts of California and New Zealand.


For information about operations in Chile and elsewhere in the Americas, contact the GAC Hub Agency Centre in Houston at

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