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21-Jun-2016

NEW TARIFF FOR TUG & LINEHANDLER SERVICES AT NEOPANAMAX LOCKS
Panama Canal, Panama
MARINE WORKS WEST OF CONVENTION & EXHIBITION CENTRE
Hong Kong
SEAWALL MODIFICATION WORKS FOR SEAWATER INTAKE CULVERTS
Hong Kong
NEW RULE FOR ON-SIGNERS
Dubai, United Arab Emirates
New tariff for tug & linehandler services at Neopanamax locks
Tuesday, June 21, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
The Cabinet Council of the Republic of Panama has approved tariffs for tugboat and linehandler services at the Neopanamax locks in the Panama Canal.According to the Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-35-2016 dated 20 June, the new tariffs will come into effect from 26 June 2016.The tug and linehandler tariffs for vessels transiting through the Panamax locks remain unchanged.Vessels that do not exceed the dimensions for transit through the Panamax locks, but transit the Neopanamax locks due to operational reasons, will be assessed the corresponding tug and linehandler tariff for the Panamax locks. However, vessels that do not exceed the dimensions for transit through the locks, but due to special conditions or deficiencies are required to transit through Cocoli and/or Agua Clara Locks, will be assessed the corresponding tug and linehandler tariffs of the Neopanamax locks.

For details of the new approved tariffs or information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac.wilfordmckay-panama@gac.com

Marine works west of Convention & Exhibition Centre
Tuesday, June 21, 2016, Hong Kong
For approximately 12 months, marine works involving dredging, reclamation, piling and construction of seawall will be carried out in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (C) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 17.002’N / 114 deg. 09.972’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.074’N / 114 deg. 09.979’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.081’N / 114 deg. 10.338’EThe works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including two grab dredgers, two split hopper barges, four derrick barges, three jack-up barges, one crane barge and two flat top barges. Some tugs and guard boats will provide assistance. 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 each grab dredger and 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 grab dredgers and barges.Several silt curtains, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area. Each 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 extents of the silt curtains.

The hours of work will be from 0000 to 0500 hours and from 0700 to 2400 hours daily including Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

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.79 of 2016 dated 20 June 2016

Seawall modification works for seawater intake culverts
Tuesday, June 21, 2016, Hong Kong
For approximately 5 months, seawall modification works for seawater intake culverts will be carried out [at West Kowloon Cultural District] within the works area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 18.047’N / 114 deg. 09.899’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.045’N / 114 deg. 09.900’E
(C) 22 deg. 18.039’N / 114 deg. 09.845’E
(D) 22 deg. 18.040’N / 114 deg. 09.844’EThe works will involve diving operations from time to time using the abutting seawall as the base of operation. One guard boat will provide assistance.Two silt curtains at the seawall, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area. Each silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow marker buoys fitted yellow flashing lights will be laid along the surface of the silt curtain to mark the extent of the silt curtain.The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. The guard boat employed for the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

The guard boat engaged in the works 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.80 of 2016 dated 20 June 2016

New rule for on-signers
Tuesday, June 21, 2016, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
With immediate effect, Dubai Immigration will not issue seaman visa for an on-signer if the seafarer does not hold a Seaman’s Book issued from his home country (e.g. Indian must hold Indian Seaman’s Book).For information about operations in Dubai contact GAC Dubai at dubai@gac.com
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