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19-Oct-2016

MARINE WORK FOR CONSTRUCTION OF THREE RUNWAY SYSTEM NORTH OF AIRPORT
Hong Kong
SUSPENSION OF WATER CONSERVATION MEASURES
Panama Canal, Panama
MAXIMUM ALLOWABLE DRAFT FOR VESSELS TRANSITING NEOPANAMAX LOCKS
Panama Canal, Panama
PORTS OPERATING AS NORMAL AFTER WEATHER IMPROVES
Novorossiysk & Taman, Russia
Marine work for construction of three runway system north of airport
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Hong Kong
For approximately 3 months, marine works involving marine site investigation, deep cement mixing works, drilling of boreholes, laying of sand blankets, water monitoring, hydrographic survey and diving operations will be carried out in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (P) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 18.438’N / 113 deg. 53.766’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.354’N / 113 deg. 53.209’E
(C) 22 deg. 18.646’N / 113 deg. 53.100’E
(D) 22 deg. 19.022’N / 113 deg. 53.594’E
(E) 22 deg. 18.685’N / 113 deg. 52.549’E
(F) 22 deg. 19.028’N / 113 deg. 52.421’E
(G) 22 deg. 19.371’N / 113 deg. 52.294’E
(H) 22 deg. 19.542’N / 113 deg. 52.826’E
(I) 22 deg. 19.714’N / 113 deg. 53.359’E
(J) 22 deg. 19.886’N / 113 deg. 53.891’E
(K) 22 deg. 20.102’N / 113 deg. 54.563’E
(L) 22 deg. 20.229’N / 113 deg. 54.956’E
(M) 22 deg. 20.195’N / 113 deg. 55.565’E
(N) 22 deg. 19.848’N / 113 deg. 55.694’E
(O) 22 deg. 19.653’N / 113 deg. 56.368’E
(P) 22 deg. 19.334’N / 113 deg. 56.487’EYellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights and radar reflectors will be laid at co-ordinates from (E) to (N) to mark the boundary of the works area.The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including drilling barges, derrick lighters, flat top barges, jack-up platforms and survey boats at various stages. Some tugboats, guard boats and self-propelled delivery barges 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 150 metres will be established around each drilling barge. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the drilling barges.

A working area of approximately 50 metres will be established around each derrick lighter and flat top barge. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the derrick lighters and flat top barges.

A working area of approximately 25 metres will be established around each jack-up platform. Yellow flashing lights will be installed at the four corners of the platforms to indicate the positions of the platforms.

To facilitate the drilling works, sand blankets will be temporarily laid within the works area. The water depth at the areas where sand blankets are laid will be temporarily reduced by about 2.0 metres. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the boundaries of such areas.

To safeguard the deep cement mixing works and ensure navigational safety, guard boats will station in the works area and patrol the waters in the vicinity to give necessary guidance to the vessels approaching the works area.

The hours of works will be round-the-clock. Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during 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 and keep clear of the works area at slow speed, bearing in mind that there are divers working in the works area.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Hong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.138 of 2016

Suspension of water conservation measures
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
As water levels of Gatun and Alajuela Lakes have reached normal levels for this time of year, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) announces that, effective immediately. The water conservation measures announced in Advisory to Shipping A-19-2015, and implemented since July 20, 2015, are hereby suspended.The ACP will continue to monitor the level of Gatun Lake during the remainder of the rainy season, and may take necessary actions to minimize the possibility of imposing draft restrictions during the upcoming dry season.(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping A-54-2016 dated 18 October 2016

Maximum allowable draft for vessels transiting Neopanamax locks
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
Based on the present and projected water level of Gatun Lake for the upcoming weeks, effectively immediately, the maximum allowable draft for neopanamax and approved Panamax plus vessels transiting the new locals is increased to 13.72m (45.0 feet) TFW.(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping A-55-2016 dated 18 October 2016

Ports operating as normal after weather improves
Wednesday, October 19, 2016, Novorossiysk & Taman, Russia
After being closed due to strong northeasterly winds from Sunday 16 October, Novorossiysk Port has now reverted to normal operations following an improvement in weather conditions.There is currently one tanker alongside at Sheskharis Oil Terminal and one loading at SPM CPC-R Marine Terminal.The actual wind is NE 6-11 m/sec (12-15 m/sec in the eastern part of the bay). No gale warning in force.

At the port of Taman, there are currently no vessels alongside. Wind E, NE 12-17 m/sec. Sea swell 1.3-1.8 m. Gale warning #108 in TAMAN area declared on 16 October was cancelled at 10:00 hours today (19 October).

According to the long-term forecast, good weather is expected during next few days.

For information about operations in Russia contact GAC Russia at russia@gac.com

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