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   04-Jan-2016

CONSTRUCTION OF BRIDGE STRUCTURES SOUTH & SOUTH-WEST OF AIRPORT
Hong Kong
REPLACEMENT OF GUIDING SLOT OF SEAWATER INTAKE SCREEN
Hong Kong
CARGO MOVEMENT TO AND FROM IRAQI PORTS
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
SANITARY, HARBOUR MASTER & MARITIME CHAMBER DUES INCREASED
Turkey
HIGH WATER CLOSURES & RESTRICTIONS
USA Midwest
REMOVAL OF JETTY AT POWER STATION
Singapore
Construction of bridge structures south & south-west of airport
Monday, January 4, 2016, Hong Kong
For approximately 24 months, construction of bridge structures for the Hong Kong Link Road will be carried out in the following two works areas:-WORKS AREA 1:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining (A) to (B), and (C) to (D), and shorelines in-between these two straight lines. The co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) of (A), (B), (C) and (D) are as follows:
(A) 22 deg. 17.488’N / 113 deg. 55.772’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.132’N / 113 deg. 55.497’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.620’N / 113 deg. 53.734’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.263’N / 113 deg. 53.651’ESeveral sections of silt curtains, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established along the southern shoreline of the Hong Kong International Airport. 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 curtains.

In this area, a non-specified channel with a width of about 46 metres is provided for vessels to pass through the works area. Vessels sailing through this works area should observe the extent of the working area around each working vessel which is marked by yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights.

WORKS AREA 2:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (C) to (I):
(C) 22 deg. 17.620’N / 113 deg. 53.734’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.263’N / 113 deg. 53.651’E
(E) 22 deg. 17.319’N / 113 deg. 52.233’E
(F) 22 deg. 16.791’N / 113 deg. 50.989’E
(G) 22 deg. 16.911’N / 113 deg. 51.032’E
(H) 22 deg. 16.614’N / 113 deg. 51.815’E
(I) 22 deg. 16.697’N / 113 deg. 52.571’E

To enable vessels to run across the waters in the west of this area, two specified “One way traffic” channels with a width of about 100 metres will be established. These two channels are marked by two pairs of lateral light buoys at positions from (LR1) to (LR4) and from (LR5) to (LR8) for northwest bound and southwest bound respectively, and four fixed red lights on the constructed piles at positions from (FR1) to (FR4).

The green lateral light buoys are all conical buoys with light characteristics of flashing green in 6 seconds for (LR1) and (LR5), and flashing green in 2 seconds for (LR3) and (LR7). The red lateral light buoys are all can buoys with light characteristics of flashing red in 6 seconds for (LR2) and (LR6), and flashing red in 2 seconds for (LR4) and (LR8). All lateral light buoys are fitted with radar reflectors. The positions (WGS 84 Datum) of the lateral light buoys and fixed red lights are as follows:

GREEN LATERAL LIGHT BUOYS
(LR1) 22 deg. 16.350’N / 113 deg. 51.715’E
(LR3) 22 deg. 16.451’N / 113 deg. 51.759’E
(LR5) 22 deg. 16.782’N / 113 deg. 51.810’E
(LR7) 22 deg. 16.682’N / 113 deg. 51.766’E

RED LATERAL LIGHT BUOYS
(LR2) 22 deg. 16.381’N / 113 deg. 51.634’E
(LR4) 22 deg. 16.481’N / 113 deg. 51.678’E
(LR6) 22 deg. 16.805’N / 113 deg. 51.751’E
(LR8) 22 deg. 16.704’N / 113 deg. 51.707’E

FIXED RED LIGHTS
(FR1) 22 deg. 16.546’N / 113 deg. 51.797’E
(FR2) 22 deg. 16.568’N / 113 deg. 51.716’E
(FR3) 22 deg. 16.598’N / 113 deg. 51.729’E
(FR4) 22 deg. 16.613’N / 113 deg. 51.663’E

The works will be carried out by a number of temporary working platforms and a flotilla of working vessels including derrick lighters, crane barges, flat-top barges and various types of construction vessels. Some tugs, work boats and guard boats will provide assistance. The number and type of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

The hours of works will be round-the-clock.

A working area of approximately 100 metres will be established around each working vessel. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the working vessels.

To facilitate the works, 6 yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid at the following positions (WGS 84 Datum):
(MB1) 22 deg. 17.376’N / 113 deg. 55.745’E
(MB2) 22 deg. 17.543’N / 113 deg. 54.018’E
(MB3) 22 deg. 17.016’N / 113 deg. 53.303’E
(MB4) 22 deg. 16.671’N / 113 deg. 52.762’E
(MB5) 22 deg. 16.319’N / 113 deg. 52.233’E
(MB6) 22 deg. 17.122’N / 113 deg. 53.210’E

Vessels engaged in the works 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.180 of 2015

Replacement of Guiding Slot of Seawater Intake Screen
Monday, January 4, 2016, Hong Kong
With immediate effect and for a period of approximately 1 month, replacement of guiding slot of seawater intake screen [at West Kowloon Cultural District] will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 18.005’N / 114 deg. 09.591’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.954’N / 114 deg. 09.612’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.935’N / 114 deg. 09.557’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.981’N / 114 deg. 09.539’EThe works will be carried out by one derrick lighter, one tug, and one work boat; and diving works will be assisted by one guard boat. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.A working area of approximately 50 metres around the 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 lighter.

The hours of works will be from 0900 to 1700 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 works.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the sea bed, will be established within the works area. The silt curtain is 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.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during 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 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 shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.181 of 2015

Cargo movement to and from Iraqi Ports
Monday, January 4, 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
DP World UAE Region wishes to inform all Shipping Lines, Agents and Traders that no cargo or container movement will be allowed to / from Iraqi Ports except the following:City (Port) Name: Abu Foloos
UN Port Code: IQFLN
DPW Port Code: FLNCity (Port) Name: Umm Qasr
UN Port Code: IQUQR
DPW Port Code: UQR

City (Port) Name: Al Zubair
UN Port Code: IQZUB
DPW Port Code: ZUB

City (Port) Name: Al Maqal Port in Basra
UN Port Code: IQBSR
DPW Port Code: BSR

City (Port) Name: Safwan (Dry Port)
UN Port Code: Not registered
DPW Port Code: Not registered

In compliance with the circular, DP World ports shall not accept any Imports, Export or Transshipment cargo / containers arriving from or destined to other Iraqi Ports except those mentioned above. Therefore all Shipping lines and Agents are kindly requested not to accept bookings to/from Iraqi ports other than the above, via DP World ports.

Should you require any further clarification, please feel free to contact our Customer Service department. 
Tel: +971 4 881 5555
Fax: +971 4 881 6271
Email: customerservice@dpworld.com

(For information about operations in Dubai contact GAC Dubai at dubai@gac.com)

Source: DP World Circular dated 3 January 2016

Sanitary, Harbour Master & Maritime Chamber dues increased
Monday, January 4, 2016, Turkey
The following changes have been made to dues charged for 2016 at Turkish Ports:SANİTARY DUES:
Sanitary dues for port calls have been increased to 0.90 TL from 0.85 TL to all commercial vessels (excluding yatch, investivation, education, etc) with NRT over 50 starting from 01.01.2016. Please find below the calculation method.Caluculation method
NRT X 0.90 TL / daily USD rate

Example
NRT 10000 X 0.90 TL / 2.9181 daiy USD rate = 3, 084.19 USD

HARBOUR MASTER DUES:
Harbour Master Dues for port calls have been increased as follows.
11–150 NRT: 12, 26 USD (35.80 TL)
151–500 NRT: 20, 83 USD (60, 80 TL)
501–3000 NRT: 42, 35 USD (123, 60 TL)
Over 3000 NRT: 52, 91 USD (154, 40 TL)

MARİTİME CHAMBER DUES:
The Maritime Chamber Dues for port calls have been increased as follows.
GRT 5001–GRT 10000: 191.90 USD (560 TL)
GRT 10001–GRT 25000: 209.04 USD (610 TL)
Over GRT 25001: 222.74 USD (650 TL)

For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

High water closures & restrictions
Monday, January 4, 2016, USA Midwest
The U.S. Coast Guard has issued a number of river closures, restrictions and advisories in response to floods in the Midwest as advised in its press release issued yesterday (3 January 2016).The Coast Guard Sector Upper Mississippi River Captain of the Port has reopened the Mississippi River surrounding the St. Louis Harbor from mile marker 179 to mile marker 185. Vessels operating in this area must be in compliance with horsepower and barge restrictions in accordance with the Western Rivers Waterways Action Plan.The Illinois River closed between mile markers 0 to 80.2 from Hardin, Illinois to LeGrange, Illinois. No recreational or commercial traffic is authorized to transit the river.

The Missouri River is open to vessel traffic. The Coast Guard urges mariners to monitor VHF-FM channels 16 and 22 for any changes to the river.

The Coast Guard Sector Ohio Valley advise that there are restrictions on Mississippi River from mile marker 110, near Chester Illinois, to mile marker 34, near Billings Landing, Missouri.

The Coast Guard continues to work with the Army Corps of Engineers to monitor the integrity of the levee systems in Ohio Valley and around the Cape Girardeau region. Once it is deemed safe, the Upper Mississippi River from mile marker 34 to 110 will be re-opened to commercial traffic.

High water safety advisory on Lower Mississippi River from mile marker 869, near Caruthersville, Missouri, to mile marker 303 near Natchez, Mississippi. Safety zone between mile markers 737 and 734 on the Lower Mississippi River.

The Coast Guard Sector New Orleans advise that there are high water towing limitations near Morgan City for vessels heading southbound with a length no greater than 600 feet.

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

Removal of jetty at power station
Monday, January 4, 2016, Singapore
From 5 January to 5 March, work to remove a jetty will be carried out at the Pasir Panjang Power Station.According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.02 of 2016 dated 4 January 2016, the works will be conducted between 0800 and 1900 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 16.112’N / 103 deg. 47.888’E
2) 01 deg. 16.068’N / 103 deg. 47.871’E
3) 01 deg. 16.041’N / 103 deg. 47.917’E
4) 01 deg. 16.007’N / 103 deg. 47.900’E
5) 01 deg. 16.111’N / 103 deg. 47.723’E
6) 01 deg. 16.144’N / 103 deg. 47.749’E
7) 01 deg. 16.101’N / 103 deg. 47.823’E
8) 01 deg. 16.137’N / 103 deg. 47.849’EThe removal work will be carried out by crane barge assisted by tug boats.

Divers will also be deployed for underwater cutting work. A  safety  boat  will  be  deployed  in  the  vicinity  of  the  working  area  to  warn other craft and vessels of the 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 21 (Sembawang Control);
and
e) Communicate with Sembawang Control on VHF Channel 21 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

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