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Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
Ash Shihr, Yemen
Kiel Canal, Germany
Hong Kong
Suez Canal, Egypt
Rerouting of marine cable
Monday, July 25, 2016, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
CS Maram is conducting a cable operation in position Latitude 25deg 08.49’N and Longitude 056deg 34.921’E.Cable Buoy Flashing Yellow is deployed at position Latitude 25deg 08.35’ and Longitude 056deg 38.74’E.

Mariners are requested to keep minimum safe distance of 1NM from the Buoy position and navigate with caution.

UPDATE 15:10 25 July 2016:
CS Maram is continuing her cable operation at the area given below and she will continue her operation till15/08/2016.

Cable operation area
North Latitude :  25deg  11.78’N
South Latitude :  25deg  07.37’N
East Longitude: 056deg  40.65’E
West Longitude: 056deg 25.08’E

Cable Buoy flashing Yellow marks the present area of operation.

(For information about operations in Fujairah co0ntact GAC Fujairah at

Source: Harbour Master – Port of Fujairah Notices to Mariners Nos.208 & 209

Terminal ready to receive tankers
Monday, July 25, 2016, Ash Shihr, Yemen
Masila Petroleum Exploration and Production Company (Petromasila), the operator of Ash Shihr oil terminal, has advised that the terminal is technically open and ready to receive exporting oil tankers.For information about operations in Yemen contact GAC Yemen at

Lock out-of-service for maintenance
Monday, July 25, 2016, Kiel Canal, Germany
Kiel Canal authorities have announced that New Big South lock at Kiel-Holtenau will be out of service due to maintenance works from 08:00 to 15:00 hours local time on Wednesday, 27 July.The new Big North lock at Kiel-Holtenau will remain in service during this period.

(For information about operations in Germany, contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

New Navigation Channels in works area for construction of Hong Kong Link Road
Monday, July 25, 2016, Hong Kong
For approximately 30 months, construction of bridge structures for the Hong Kong Link Road will continue to be carried out in the following two works areas:WORKS AREA 1: This area is bounded by straight lines joining (A) to (B), and (C) to (D), and shorelines in-between these two straight lines:
(A) 22 deg. 17.488’N / 113 deg. 55.772’E
(B) 22 deg. 55.497’E / 113 deg. 55.497’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.620’N / 113 deg. 53.734’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.263’N /113 deg. 53.651’E

Several sections of silt curtains, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established along the southern shoreline of the Hong Kong International Airport. The 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 extent of the silt curtains.

In this area, a non-specified channel with a width of about 46 metres is provided for vessels to pass through the works area. Vessels sailing through this works area should observe the extent of the working area around each working vessel which is marked by yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights.

WORKS AREA 2: This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (C) to (I):
(C) 22 deg. 17.620’N / 113 deg. 53.734’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.263’N / 113 deg. 53.651’E
(E) 22 deg. 16.319’N / 113 deg. 52.233’E
(F) 22 deg. 16.791’N / 113 deg. 50.989’E
(G) 22 deg. 16.911’N / 113 deg. 51.032’E
(H) 22 deg. 16.614’N / 113 deg. 51.815’E
(I) 22 deg. 16.697’N /  113 deg. 52.571’E

To enable vessels to run across the waters in the west of this area, two specified “One way traffic” channels with a width of 100 metres and vertical clearance of 41 metres will be established with effect from 25 July 2016. These two channels are marked by two pairs of lateral light buoys at positions from (LR1) to (LR4) and from (LR5) to (LR8) for northbound and southbound respectively, and four fixed red lights on the constructed piles at positions from (FR1) to (FR4).

The green lateral light buoys are all conical buoys with light characteristics of flashing green in 6 seconds for (LR1) and (LR5), and flashing green in 2 seconds for (LR3) and (LR7). The red lateral light buoys are all can buoys with light characteristics of flashing red in 6 seconds for (LR2) and (LR6), and flashing red in 2 seconds for (LR4) and (LR8). All lateral light buoys are fitted with radar reflectors.

The positions (WGS 84 Datum) of the lateral light buoys and fixed red lights are as follows:-


Lateral light buoys:
(LR1) 22 deg. 16.297’N / 113 deg. 51.923’E
(LR2) 22 deg. 16.314’N / 113 deg. 51.838’E
(LR3) 22 deg. 16.403’N / 113 deg. 51.947’E
(LR4) 22 deg. 16.420’N / 113 deg. 51.862’E

Fixed red lights:
(FR1) 22 deg. 16.492’N / 113 deg. 51.969’E
(FR2) 22 deg. 16.510’N / 113 deg. 51.882’E


Lateral light buoys:
(LR5) 22 deg. 16.752’N / 113 deg. 51.891’E
(LR6) 22 deg. 16.782’N / 113 deg. 51.810’E
(LR7) 22 deg. 16.652’N / 113 deg. 51.847’E
(LR8) 22 deg. 16.682’N / 113 deg. 51.766’E

Fixed red lights:
(FR3) 22 deg. 16.567’N / 113 deg. 51.810’E
(FR4) 22 deg. 16.598’N / 113 deg. 51.729’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of working vessels including derrick lighters, crane barges, flat-top barges and various types of construction vessels. Some tugboats, work boats and guard boats will provide assistance. The number and type of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 100 metres will be established around each working vessel. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the working vessels.

To facilitate the works, 6 yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid at the following positions (WGS 84 Datum):
(MB1) 22 deg. 17.376’N / 113 deg. 55.745’E
(MB2) 22 deg. 17.543’N / 113 deg. 54.018’E
(MB3) 22 deg. 17.016’N / 113 deg. 53.303’E
(MB4) 22 deg. 16.671’N / 113 deg. 52.762’E
(MB5) 22 deg. 16.319’N / 113 deg. 52.233’E
(MB6) 22 deg. 17.122’N / 113 deg. 53.210’E

The hours of works will be round-the-clock.

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
Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.100 of 2016

Reduced transit tolls for VLCCs (update)
Monday, July 25, 2016, Suez Canal, Egypt
The Suez Canal Authority has issued a new Circular concerning reduced transit tolls for VLCCs of more than 200, 000 DWT in ballast coming from America and heading for the Arabian Gulf.Circular No.4/2016, states:

A 45% reduction from the applicable SC transit tolls excluding other services dues shall be offered to VLCCs – in ballast of 200.000 dwt and above, coming from the Gulf of Mexico, the Caribbean and the North Coast of South America…

…The company which wants to benefit from the circular shall submit a request before transit through its agency, subject to forward the following documents after transit:

  1. A certificate from the port of origin stating date of departure and condition of the ship (ballast) signed and stamped by the port authorities.
  2. A certificate from the port of arrival, stating date of arrival and port of departure, signed and stamped by port authorities.
  3. In case of stopping at in between ports, a certificate stating the reason of stoppage is to be submitted, signed and stamped by port authorities.
  4. An undertaking from the shipping agency confirming the payment of the whole transit dues without any rebates in case of changing port of origin or port of arrival.

The abovementioned documents are to be submitted a maximum of 60 days from the date of transit. The rebate shall be cancelled if the documents are not adequate or not forwarded in the definite time.

This circular dos not cancel the applicable long haul tolls rebate circular.

This circular takes effect as of 24/7/2016 as an experimental period to be renewed (6 months).

For information about operations in the Suez Canal contact GAC Egypt at

Sea piracy drops to 21-year low, IMB reports
Monday, July 25, 2016, Worldwide
Piracy and armed robbery at sea has fallen to its lowest levels since 1995, despite a surge in kidnappings off West Africa, according to a new report from the International Chamber of Commerce’s International Maritime Bureau (IMB).IMB’s global piracy report shows 98 incidents in the first half of 2016, compared with 134 for the same period in 2015. When piracy was at its highest, in 2010 and 2003, IMB recorded 445 attacks a year.

In the first half of 2016, IMB recorded 72 vessels boarded, five hijackings, and a further 12 attempted attacks. Nine ships were fired upon. 64 crew were taken hostage onboard, down from 250 in the same period last year…

…Despite global improvements, kidnappings are on the rise, with 44 crew captured for ransom in 2016, 24 of them in Nigeria, up from 10 in the first half of 2015…  …The Gulf of Guinea accounted for seven of the world’s 10 kidnapping incidents, with armed gangs boarding vessels 30 to 120 NM from shore. Nigerian attacks are often violent, accounting for eight of the nine vessels fired upon worldwide. IMB says many further assaults go unreported by shipowners.

IMB reported two further kidnap incidents off Sabah, where tugs and barges were targeted. And in early June, a tug and barge was hijacked off Balingian, Sarawak in Malaysia and its palm oil cargo stolen.

IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre has been working closely with the Indonesian authorities to improve security at sea and in ports. Low-level theft to ships at anchor has been brought down by introducing designated anchorages with improved security. This has contributed to a fall in the number of incidents in Indonesia to 24 in the first six months of 2016, compared with 54 in the same period in 2015.

IMB also applauded the Indonesian Navy’s prompt response in recovering a hijacked product tanker, south of Pulau Serutu, off west Kalimantan in May, saying: “This is exactly the type of robust response required in response to such threats.” Nine pirates were apprehended and the crew of the tanker unharmed….

…IMB strongly urges all shipmasters and owners to report all actual, attempted and suspected piracy and armed robbery incidents to the local authorities as well as the IMB Piracy Reporting Centre. This first step in the response chain is vital to ensuring that adequate resources are allocated by authorities to tackle piracy….

(For information about operations worldwide, contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found at

Source: Extracts from International Maritime Bureau ( news release dated 25 July 2016

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