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Military, Piracy and Terrorism, Ports & Terminals — By on July 18, 2016 at 9:49 PM


Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
Almaty, Kazakhstan
Buoys removed for repairs
Monday, July 18, 2016, Trincomalee, Sri Lanka
The Sri Lanka Ports Authority Deputy Harbour Master at Trincomalee has advised that the following buoys have been removed from their charted positions for repairs:Elephant Rock green buoy
Approximate charted position: 08 73.8 N, 081 13.7 E

Powder Spit green buoy
Approximate charted position: 08 33.65 N, 081 12.85 E

Eagle Point green buoy
Approximate charted position: 08 32.62 N, 081 12.95 E

Masters calling at the port of Trincomalee are urged to navigate with caution.

For information about operations in Sri Lanka contact GAC Sri Lanka at

Daily life resumed after coup attempt
Monday, July 18, 2016, Turkey
Turkey’s Prime Minister has declared that daily life in the country is back to normal with all offices operating as normal, following the attempted coup on Friday/Saturday.Traffic for transit vessels is also back to normal. Masters of your vessels trading in the Turkish Straits and Marmara Sea should report to VTS as advised on transit procedure (SP1 and SP2) and wait for their transit turn.

Istanbul Ataturk International Airport is back to normal, with some delays. Please contact GAC Turkey before sending crew to Turkey in order to check and confirm any delays.  The clearance of the spare parts may also be sligthly delayed.

For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at

Situation calm after terrorist attack
Monday, July 18, 2016, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Shipping and logistics operations in Almaty are continuing as normal, unaffected by the terrorist attack today (18 July) on a police station that killed at least five people and injured seven.The situation in Kazakhstan’s largest city is now described as “calm and under the control of national security and police”.

For information about operations in Kazakhstan contact GAC Kazakhstan at

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