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Canals, Ports & Terminals — By on August 22, 2016 at 7:18 PM


Panama Canal, Panama
Hong Kong
Locks Lane Outage
Monday, August 22, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
Beginning at 2100 hours on Monday, August 22, 2016, until 2100 hours on Friday, August 26, 2016 (4 days), the WESTlane of Miraflores Locks will be out of service in order to perform scheduled dry chamber seal repairs on Miter gates 106-107, 114-115, 118-199 and 122-123.In addition, beginning at 2100 hours on Tuesday, August 23, 2016, until 0900 hours on Friday, August 26, 2016 (2.5 days), the EAST lane of Gatun Locks will be out of service in order to perform scheduled dry chamber seal repairs on Miter Gates 33 and 34.

As a result, and in accordance with the rules governing the Transit Reservation System (OP’s Notice to Shipping No. N-7-2016), Condition 2 for the Panamax locks will be in effect from Tuesday, August 23, 2016, until Friday, August 26, 2016.

Applications for reserved transits while Condition 2 is in effect will be received beginning of 0900 hours on Saturday, August 20, 2016. The Just-In-Time (JIT) transit slots available for supers will be reduced during this period to one in each direction, whereas the JIT slots for regular vessels transiting without restrictions will remain at one for each direction. The booking slot available through the auction process, as well as slots available for regular vessels less than 300 feet in LOA, and the slots for Neopanamax vessels, will continue to be offered during this period.

(For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-44-2016 dated August 19, 2016

Marine Site Investigation off Pak Mong, Lantau Island
Monday, August 22, 2016, Hong Kong
For approximately 5 months, marine site investigation involving drilling of boreholes will be carried out within the following works area and at the individual locations:WORKS AREA:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (A) to (G) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 17.824’N / 113 deg. 56.838’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.898’N / 113 deg. 56.946’E
(C) 22 deg. 18.486’N / 113 deg. 57.576’E
(D) 22 deg. 18.252’N / 113 deg. 57.990’E
(E) 22 deg. 18.012’N / 113 deg. 58.044’E
(F) 22 deg. 17.988’N / 113 deg. 57.990’E
(G) 22 deg. 17.963’N / 113 deg. 57.996’E

The co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) of the individual locations (H) and (I) are as follows:
(H) 22 deg. 18.040’N / 113 deg. 58.218’E
(I) 22 deg. 18.130’N / 113 deg. 58.377’E

The works will be carried out by four flat top barges. Some tugboats and work 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 barge will be established. Yellow markers buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barges.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area and at the individual locations outside 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.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.112 of 2016 dated 19 August 2016

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