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YACHT RACES BETWEEN HONG KONG AND MACAU
Hong Kong, Hong Kong
PORT SERVICE AGREEMENTS
Australia, Gladstone
BRIDGE WORKS
Turkey, Turkish Straits
STATUS OF CHILEAN PORTS – 18 SEPTEMBER 2015
Chile, all ports
STATE OF EMERGENCY DECLARED
Chile, all ports
LOCKS LANE OUTAGE
Panama, Panama Canal
Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau
September 18, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau will take place on 26 September (Saturday) and 28 September 2015 (Monday). About 25 sailing boats are expected to participate in the races.The outbound trip from Hong Kong to Macau will start at 1000 hours on 26 September 2015in an area south-east of Lamma Island (in the vicinity of Yuen Kok Light). Depending on the weather, it will follow:(a) Course 1 – a westerly route through south of Lamma Island, south of Tai A Chau, thence to Macau if the wind is coming from the north;

OR

(b) Course 2 – a south-westerly route through the southern boundary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, thence to Macau if the wind is coming from the south.

 

The return trip from Macau to Hong Kong will start at 1000 hours on 28 September 2015 and will follow:

(a) Course 1 – a route through south of Tai A Chau and to complete the race at a position east of Cheung Chau if the wind is coming from the north;

OR

(b) Course 2 – a route through south of Xiaozhi Zhou, the southern boundary of the Hong Kong Special Administration Region and to complete the race at a position east of Cheung Chau if the wind is coming from the south.

 

Master, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the race routes should proceed with caution, giving practical consideration to the contestants. Compliance with the provisions of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 is mandatory.

 

(For information about operations in Hong contact GAC Hong Kong atshipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.122 of 2015

Port service agreements
September 18, 2015, Australia, Gladstone
Gladstone Ports Corporation has finalised negotiations with Queensland Curtis LNG, Australian Pacific LNG and Gladstone LNG on port service agreements offering a legal framework for allocating port capacity and charging for access to the Port of Gladstone’s main shipping channels and infrastructure.The three LNG projects are expected to hit the export phase next year, filling 10 ships a month. 

Queensland’s LNG exporters moved $1.14 billion worth of gas from January to July, and exports are predicted to hit $15 billion over the next 12 months.

 

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia atshipping.australia@gac.com

Bridge works
September 18, 2015, Turkey, Turkish Straits
Due to works on the 3. bridge (Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge), the Bosphorus will be closed to traffic from 05:00 to 13:00 hours on Monday 21 September.For information about operations in the Turkish Straits, contact GAC Istanbul atturkey@gac.com
Status of Chilean ports – 18 September 2015
September 18, 2015, Chile, all ports
The latest information about the status of Chilean ports after this week’s earthquake is as follows:Arica: Closed due to bad weather conditions. 

Patache: Open and working under normal conditions.

 

Iquique: Open and working under normal conditions.

 

Mejillones Bay: Open and working under normal conditions.

 

Antofagasta: Under strike since August 31.

 

Tocopilla: Open and working under normal conditions.

 

Huasco: Open and working under normal conditions.

 

Chañaral: Open and working under normal conditions.

 

Caldera: Open and working under normal conditions.

 

Coquimbo & Guayacan: TPC declared inoperative by Maritime Authority while structure evaluations take place, due to the Earthquake suffered on September 16.

 

Los Vilos: Open and working under normal conditions.

 

Quintero: Open and working under normal conditions

 

Valparaiso: Open and working under normal conditions

 

San Antonio: Open and working under normal conditions.

 

Talcahuano: Open and working under normal conditions.

 

San Vicente: Open and working under normal conditions.

 

Coronel: Open and working under normal conditions

 

Lirquen: Open and working under normal conditions.

 

Corral: Open and working under normal conditions.

 

Puerto Montt: Open and working under normal conditions.

 

Calbuco: Open and working under normal conditions.

 

Puerto Chacabuco: Open and working under normal conditions.

 

Punta Arenas: Open and working under normal conditions

 

(For information about operations in Chile, and elsewhere in the Americas, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: Ultramar Agencia Chile – GAC agent

State of emergency declared
September 18, 2015, Chile, all ports
Chile’s government has declared a state of emergency in the central region struck byWednesday’s earthquake, the biggest to hit the country since 2010 and the most powerful in the world this year.The 8.3-magnitude tremor struck off the coast of Coquimbo, 46km west of Illapel, at 19:54local time (22:54 GMT) on Wednesday evening. 

Tsunami waves hit the coast at Coquimbo and further out from the epicentre, with waves half a metre higher than usual as far north as La Punta. Small tsunamis were also reported along the west coast of the USA and Canada, as far away as Alaska.

 

A powerful aftershock estimated to be close to 8 on the Richter scale shook the central part of Chile yesterday afternoon (17 September). All ships were again ordered to leave port ahead of a possible tsunami.

 

All terminals remain closed until the authorities evaluate the situation. Currently, only pilots’ embarkation and STS lightering are permitted at Quintero.

 

For information about operations in Chile, and elsewhere in the Americas, contact the GAC Hub Agency Center in Houston at hub.us@gac.com

Locks lane outage
September 18, 2015, Panama, Panama Canal
Beginning at 0001 hours on Tuesday, September 22, 2015, until 2359 hours on Wednesday, September 30, 2015 (9 days), the WEST lane of Pedro Miguel Locks will be out of service in order to perform scheduled miter gate repairs and maintenance work on the conductor slots and valves.During the same period, there will be intermittent lane outages on the EAST lanes of both Miraflores and Gatun Locks, in order to perform repairs on the conductor slots and other maintenance work. 

As a result, and in accordance with the rules governing the Transit Reservation System, Condition 2 will be in effect from Tuesday, September 22, 2015, until Wednesday, September 30, 2015.

 

Applications for reserved transits while Condition 2 is in effect will be received beginning at 0900 hours on Saturday, September 19, 2015. The Just-in-Time (JIT) transit slots available for supers will be reduced during this period to one for each direction; whereas the JIT slots for regular vessels transiting without restrictions will remain at one for each direction. The booking slot available through the auction process, as well as the slots available for regular vessels less than 300 feet in LOA, will continue to be offered during this period.

 

(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-29-2015

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