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03-Jun-2016

COMPULSORY THIRD PARTY RISKS INSURANCE OF LOCAL VESSELS
Hong Kong
MARINE WORKS INSIDE CAUSEWAY BAY TYPHOON SHELTER
Hong Kong
PANAMA CANAL DRAFT RESTRICTION
Panama Canal
KIEL HOLTENAU LOCK CLOSURE
Kiel Canal, Germany
NEW VLCC BERTH AT FUJAIRAH, UAE
Fujairah
Compulsory Third Party Risks Insurance of local vessels
Friday, June 3, 2016, Hong Kong
The Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) (Amount of Insurance Cover) (Amendment) Notice 2016 which increases the minimum amount of liability cover for the compulsory third party risks insurance of local vessels will come into operation on 1 September 2016.Local Vessels 
A local vessel certificated under the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) (Certification and Licensing) Regulation (Cap. 548D), except any laid-up vessel with a written permission or non-mechanically propelled vessels with length overall not exceeding 4 metres, is required to be insured against third party risks in respect of deaths or personal injuries up to a specified minimum amount of liability cover under the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) Ordinance (Cap. 548). The new statutory minimum amount of liability cover for the compulsory third parties risks insurance of local vessels is set out below:
(a) $10 million for a vessel permitted to carry more than 12 passengers, other than a Class I primitive vessel and a Class IV vessels not let for hire or reward; and
(b) $5 million for a local vessel permitted to carry 12 or less than 12 passengers, a Class I primitive vessels or a Class IV vessel not let for hire or reward.Mainland or Macau Non-Convention Vessels 
Mainland or Macau non-convention vessels (which are local vessels within the meaning of paragraph (e) of the definition of “local vessel” in section 2 of Cap. 548) entering or remaining in Hong Kong waters are required under the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels)

(General) Regulation (Cap. 548F) to have a policy of insurance or an indemnity arrangement against third party risks in respect of deaths or personal injuries for the use or remain of the vessels in Hong Kong waters.

Transitional Period 
The new statutory minimum amount of liability amount will be effective on 1 September 2016. For local vessels with their policies of insurance made and in force immediately before 1 September 2016, the current statutory minimum amount of liability cover will continue to be applicable until:
(a) the date of expiry of the policy;
(b) the expiry of one year beginning on 1 September 2016; or
(c) the terms or conditions of the policy are altered in any way that would cause the policy to cease to be in compliance with the current statutory requirements, whichever is the earliest.

For more details, please visit the webpage of MD at www.mardep.gov.hk or call Licensing and Port Formalities Section at 2852 3080.

(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.71 of 2016

Marine Works inside Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter
Friday, June 3, 2016, Hong Kong
For approximately 15 months, marine works involving dredging operations, temporary reclamation, construction of temporary seawall and construction of tunnel will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (I) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 16.998’N / 114 deg. 11.092’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.008’N / 114 deg. 11.084’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.002’N / 114 deg. 11.070’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.069’N / 114 deg. 11.038’E
(E) 22 deg. 17.102’N / 114 deg. 11.110’E
(F) 22 deg. 17.141’N / 114 deg. 11.169’E
(G) 22 deg. 17.084’N / 114 deg. 11.214’E
(H) 22 deg. 17.075’N / 114 deg. 11.203’E
(I) 22 deg. 17.064’N / 114 deg. 11.224’EThe works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one grab dredger, four hopper barges, seven derrick barges, some tugs and work boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.A working area of approximately 15 metres around each barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barges.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around the dredger will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the dredger.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow markers fitted with yellow flashing light

will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 2300 hours. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside 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.

(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.70 of 2016

Panama Canal Draft Restriction
Friday, June 3, 2016, Panama Canal
Effective immediately and until further notice, there is a draft restriction of 39 feet (11.89 m) in Tropical Fresh Water at the deepest point of immersion.The Tropical Fresh Water of Gatun Lake density is 0.9954 tons/m³ at 29.4ºC. Transition to fresh water frequently alters the trim of large vessels by 0.24 to 0.325 feet (7.5 to 10 cms) by the head.Current average delays are as follows:

Supers (large, over 91 feet in beam, transit with restrictions):

Northbound: 1-3 days

Southbound: 1-2 days

Regulars (small, under 91 feet in beam, unrestricted transit):

Northbound: 1-2 days

Southbound: 1-2 days

(For more about operations at the Panama Canal contact gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Kiel Holtenau lock closure
Friday, June 3, 2016, Kiel Canal, Germany
The big north lock at Kiel Holtenau will be closed from 0700 hours on 7 June until approximately 1500 hours on 8 June for maintenance work. The big south lock will remain operational.(For more about Kiel Canal operations contact info@sartori-berger.de)

New VLCC berth at Fujairah, UAE
Friday, June 3, 2016, Fujairah
The Port of Fujairah has announced the completion of the construction of VLCC Berth 1. The manoeuvre basin and alongside berth are dredged to -26 meters and it can accommodate LOA of between 240 to 344 meters and DWT of 60, 000 – 330, 000. Maximum displacement is 87, 000 – 363, 000 tonnes. The berth has 4 navigation beacon masts, 4 buoys, 4 Shibata fenders and Quick Release Hooks for up to 20 lines: 8 breast lines fore, 8 aft and 4 spring lines.According to the Port, the Dynamic Mooring Analysis Study shows perfect orientation of the jetty which is parallel to the breakwater (heading of ship is 352° relative to true North).(For information about operations in Fujairah contact GAC Fujairah at Fujairah@gac.com).

Source: Port of Fujairah Notice to Mariners No. 206, 2 June 2016

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