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Canals, Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Cyclones and Typhoons, Inland Waterways, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on July 11, 2016 at 7:03 PM


New York, USA
Port Arthur, USA
Kiel Canal, Germany
Hurricane Season preparedness
Monday, July 11, 2016, New York, USA
In preparation for the hurricane season, the Captain of the Port (COTP) New York has recommended actions to ensure that the New York and New Jersey maritime communities are prepared in the event of hurricane conditions affecting the area.These actions include:

  • Review the Coast Guard COTP New York’s Hurricane and Severe Weather Plan, downloadable at > Waterways Management.
  • Conduct training with vessel/facility personnel to ensure awareness of potential risks and responsibilities associated with hurricanes.
  • All efforts to be made prior to an approaching storm to secure and remove any potential pollutants.
  • Observe the Standard Severe Weather Practices for the COPTP New York Zone, applicable all year round. The COTP may, at his discretion, impose additional restrictions based on actual or predicted conditions.

For further details and information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at

Channel closed due to sunken shrimp boat
Monday, July 11, 2016, Port Arthur, USA
The Sabine Rover Pilot Office advise that the US Coast Guard has closed the channel at Port Arthur due to a sunken shrimp boat.The pilots are currently unable to advise when the channel may reopen.For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at

Lock closure for maintenance works
Monday, July 11, 2016, Kiel Canal, Germany
The Kiel Canal Authority has announced that New Big South lock at Kiel-Holtenau will be closed for maintenance works from 0700 hours tomorrow (12 July) until 1500 hours on Wednesday, 13 July.The New Big North lock will remain in service.(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

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