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Canals, Inland Waterways, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on October 3, 2016 at 7:12 PM


Hong Kong
Houston, TX, United States
Port Everglades, Florida, USA
Temporary loading facility at former airport runway
Monday, October 3, 2016, Hong Kong
A temporary loading facility has been established at the former Kai Tak Airport Runway. The temporary loading facility will operate for a period of approximately 27 months.One tugboat, two split hopper barges, one derrick barge and one flat top barge will berth at the facility within the operation area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline for loading operation:
(A) 22 deg. 18.874’N / 114 deg. 12.176’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.806’N / 114 deg. 12.106’E
(C) 22 deg. 19.008’N / 114 deg. 11.879’E
(D) 22 deg. 19.076’N / 114 deg. 11.950’EThe hours of operation will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No operation will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels engaged in the operation will stay in the operation area outside the hours of operation.

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

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.134 of 2016 dated 30 September 2016

Bayport Ship Channel restrictions
Monday, October 3, 2016, Houston, TX, United States
Based on a hydrographic survey conducted by the Army Corps of Engineers on 9/28, Houston Pilots is imposing the following operational restriction for ships transiting in and out of Bayport.Effective immediately, all vessels transiting to/from Bayport (sailings, arrivals, & shifts) with a draft greater than 35’freshwater are required to have 2 tugs, at Pilots discretion.  The tugs are to assist transiting vessels in safely making the turn into and out of the Bayport Ship Channel.The shoaling in the south flare has not changed much since the last hydro survey (dated July 2016), with less than 40’ MLLW extending approximately 300’ north from Bayport Ship Channel B-3.  However, the shoaling in the north flare continues to build.  Minimum depth in the north flare is 36’ MLLW, with 2/3rds of the north flare at 37’ MLLW.

As dredging and surveying progresses in Bayport, Houston Pilots will look to modify or remove this restriction as soon as safely possible.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at

Source: Houston Pilots

Port Condition Whiskey set as Hurricane Matthews continues on track
Monday, October 3, 2016, Port Everglades, Florida, USA
The Captain of the Port for Port Everglades has set Port Condition Whiskey at all Ports within her jurisdiction by 0800 hours today (3 October).Hurricane Matthew is continuing its northerly track across the Caribbean with sustained winds of 130 mph and associated heavy rainfall.  The storm is forecast to track near SE Florida throughout the remainder of the week and poses potential risk to our ports as it continues northward.For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at
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