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  – 29-Jan-2016

TESTING OF AUV
Singapore
YACHT RACES BETWEEN HONG KONG AND MACAU
Hong Kong
2016 LUNAR NEW YEAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY
Hong Kong
NATIONWIDE INCREASE OF PILOTAGE TARIFF
Mexico
WORKING ARRANGEMENTS DURING CHINESE NEW YEAR HOLIDAYS
Hong Kong
PIPELINE RENEWAL
Izmit Bay, Turkey
SAFE NAVIGATION WARNING
Izmit Bay, Turkey
PARTIAL CHANNEL CLOSURES FOR ARTHUR KILL RAIL ROAD BRIDGE
New York, USA
Testing of AUV
Friday, January 29, 2016, Singapore
From 15 February to 31 March, testing of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) will be carried out off the SAF Yacht Club, Changi.According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.05 of 2016, the works will be conducted on weekdays between 0800 and 1800 hours within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 18.756’N / 104 deg. 00.976’E
2) 01 deg. 14.425’N / 104 deg. 00.976’E
3) 01 deg. 18.425’N / 104 deg. 00.784’E
4) 01 deg. 18.756’N / 104 deg. 00.784’EWork boats will be used to launch and recover the AUV.A safety boat will be in attendance at all times to warn and re-direct craft in the vicinity to keep clear of the working area.Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day 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);
and
e) Communicate with East Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if required.

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

Yacht Races between Hong Kong and Macau
Friday, January 29, 2016, Hong Kong
Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau will take place on 6 February 2016 (Saturday) and 8 February 2016(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 6 February 2016 in an area south-east of Lamma Island (in the vicinity of Yuen Kok Light).Depending on the weather condition, 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 8 February 2016 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 Dazhi Zhou and to complete the race at a position east of Cheung Chau if the wind is coming from the south.Masters, 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 Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.15 of 2016

2016 Lunar New Year Fireworks Display
Friday, January 29, 2016, Hong Kong
A Fireworks Display will take place in the Central Harbour, in an area off Wan Chai, at 2000 hours on Tuesday, 9 February 2016 (“the event day”).The Fireworks will be discharged from three barges anchored in a straight line at the following positions (WGS 84 Datum):
(a) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.210’E
(b) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.341’E
(c) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.472’EA Closed Area will be established around the barges between 1400 hours and about 2300 hours on the event day with the following details:(i) The area is formed by four straight lines joining the following positions (WGS 84 Datum):
(1) 22 deg. 17.366’N / 114 deg. 10.109’E
(2) 22 deg. 17.366’N / 114 deg. 10.574’E
(3) 22 deg. 17.192’N / 114 deg. 10.574’E
(4) 22 deg. 17.192’N / 114 deg. 10.109’E(ii) The Closed Area will be closed to all marine traffic, except craft directly involved in the fireworks display, Government launches and vessels with special permission from the Director of Marine (to be collectively called excepted vessels) during the aforesaid period.

A Restricted Area will be established in the Central Harbour from 1900 hours to about 2115 hours on the event day with the following details:
(i) The Eastern Cordon Line (ECL) of the Restricted Area is a straight line joining the south extremity of MTR Hung Hom Freight Terminal Pier and the breakwater at Kellett Island, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. The Western Cordon Line (WCL) of the Restricted Area is a straight line joining the southwest extremity of the Ocean Terminal and the Central Government Pier.
(ii) No vessels, other than the excepted vessels, will be allowed to enter or remain within the Restricted Area.

To minimize head-on encounters of vessels after the fireworks display, the Restricted Area will be lifted in stages by lifting the WCL at about 2100 hours. The ECL will be lifted later depending on the traffic condition in the Central Harbour. It is anticipated that the Restricted Area will be completely lifted at about 2115 hours on the event day. To combat vessels proceeding at excessive speed in the Central Harbour, the Marine Police and Marine Department will deploy laser gun and interception teams on the event day.

Vessels intending to navigate in the Central Harbour after the fireworks display should pay special attention to the establishment of three Buffer Zones at Kowloon Public Pier, Kwun Tong Public Pier, Central Piers 9 and 10 and the associated marine traffic control measures. Details of these measures are given in the Annex to this Notice.

In the event of inclement weather and emergency, the fireworks display may be postponed to the fallback date ofWednesday, 10 February 2016, at 2000 hours, with the same control measures as aforementioned.

(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.14 of 2016

Nationwide increase of pilotage tariff
Friday, January 29, 2016, Mexico
Beginning 1 February 2016, the pilotage tariff will increase at all Mexican ports.The respective tariffs at key ports are given below:COATZA PAJARITOS
– Previous tariff (factor x GRT): 0.338
– New tariff (factor x GRT): 0.345
– Percentage increase: 2.07%DOS BOCAS
– Previous tariff (factor x GRT): 0.290
– New tariff (factor x GRT): 0.296
– Percentage increase: 2.06%CAYO ARCAS
– Previous tariff (factor x GRT): 0.297
– New tariff (factor x GRT): 0.303
– Percentage increase: 2.02%

SALINA CRUZ
– Previous tariff (factor x GRT): 0.214
– New tariff (factor x GRT): 0.219
– Percentage increase: 2.33%

SALINA CRUZ BERTH 9
– Previous tariff (factor x GRT): 0.404
– New tariff (factor x GRT): 0.413
– Percentage increase: 2.22%

TAMPICO MADERO
– Previous tariff (factor x GRT): 0.338
– New tariff (factor x GRT): 0.345
– Percentage increase: 2.07%

ALTAMIRA
– Previous tariff (factor x GRT): 0.308
– New tariff (factor x GRT): 0.315
– Percentage increase: 2.27%

TUXPAN
– Previous tariff (factor x GRT): 0.290
– New tariff (factor x GRT): 0.296
– Percentage increase: 2.06%

This tariff is due to be increased again on 1 February 2017.

For information about operations in Mexico contact GAC-Tomas Ruiz at gac-tomasruiz.mexico@gac.com

Working arrangements during Chinese New Year holidays
Friday, January 29, 2016, Hong Kong
The Central Marine Office on 3/F., Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong will be opened from 0900 hours to 1100 hours on Monday, 8 February 2016 for entry and outward clearance of all vessels. The enquiry telephone number of Central Marine Office is 2852 3082.All Public Cargo Working Areas will be closed from 1700 hours on Sunday, 7 February 2016 and open for normal operation at 1200 hours on Wednesday, 10 February 2016.(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.17 of 2016 dated 28 January 2016

Pipeline renewal
Friday, January 29, 2016, Izmit Bay, Turkey
Subsea pipeline renewal works are underway at the TUPRAS Refinery in Tutunciftlik (Izmit Bay). Buoys are placed around the area for safe navigation.For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

Safe Navigation Warning
Friday, January 29, 2016, Izmit Bay, Turkey
Safety buoys in Izmit Bay have been relocated due to works on the Izmit Bay Suspension Bridge.Vessels trading in the area must sail between the coordinates 029 30 E and 029 32 E at a maximum of 5 knots and reading at all times VHF 16 and 12.Between 0700 and 1300 hours on 30 & 31 January and from 0800 to 1500 hours in 1 & 2 February, the crane TAKLIFT-7 will perform works on bridge and a strong safe navigation warning has been issued by the authorities to the all vessels trading in the area.Masters of vessels trading in the area should act in line with VTS instructions and take all related precautions accordingly.Red Buoys
R-1 40 45 11.8336 N 029 30 25.0038 E
R-2 40 45 06.1614 N 029 31 25.0680 E

Green Buoys
G-1 40 44 58.9729 N 029 30 22.8244 E
G-2 40 44 53.2936 N 029 31 22.9652 E

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

Partial Channel Closures for Arthur Kill Rail Road Bridge
Friday, January 29, 2016, New York, USA
The Arthur Kill Rail Road Bridge is scheduled to close twice on the 30th and 31st January, each closure will last for FOUR hours.The closure times are as follows:
– 30 January, 0727 to 1133 then 1333 to 1751
– 31 January, 0827 to 1217 then 1417 to 1845For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com
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