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Associations, Maritime Accidents, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on February 17, 2016 at 7:04 PM

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Boston, USA
Bosphorus, Turkey
Sri Lanka
Tug sunk in North Channel
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Boston, USA
No deep draft vessels should transit Boston’s North Channe, after a tug boat sunk in the vicinity of Boston’s North Channel Buoy #2 yesterday (16 February).The Coast Guard attempted to locate the sunken vessel yesterday using an ROV/sonar but was unsuccessful due to weather conditions. A salvage plan is being prepared.The Coast Guard is in the process of finalising a safety zone around the area of the sinking that will in essence prohibit transit in of area without the permission of the Captain of the Port until the location of the vessel can be identified.The South Channel is not affected.

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Bridge works
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Bosphorus, Turkey
Traffic at Bosphorus will be suspended from 00:01 to 17:00 hours localm time tomorrow (18 February) due to works on the 3. bridge (Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge).For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at

Laying-up of ships
Wednesday, February 17, 2016, Sri Lanka
The Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA) has advised that it has no objection to the laying-up of vessels at suitable anchor positions in the anchorages of any of its designated commercial ports.As vessels must be safely manned due to being laid up at open anchorages, subject to prevailing weather conditions, no cold lay-ups will be permitted. Manning shall be as per approvals of the respective Flag states and SLPA approval must be obtained.For information about operations in Sri Lanka, contact GAC Sri Lanka at
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