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31-Oct-2016

YACHT RACE FROM HONG KONG TO HAINAN DAO
Hong Kong
THREAT TO SEAFARERS REMAINS DESPITE PIRACY CLAMPDOWN
Worldwide
BUNKERING OPERATIONS FOR LNG CARRIERS IN CANAL ANCHORAGE AREAS
Panama Canal, Panama
Yacht race from Hong Kong to Hainan Dao
Monday, October 31, 2016, Hong Kong
A yacht race from Hong Kong to Haian Dao will take place on 3 November 2016 (Thursday). About 10 yachts are expected to participate in the race.The race will start at 1330 hours on 3 November 2016 off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, and follow an easterly route through the harbour, Tathong Channel, Waglan Island and Po Toi Islands thence to Hainan Dao.Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the race route should proceed with caution, giving practical consideration to the contestants. Compliance with the provisions of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 is mandatory.(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department No.140 of 2016

Threat to seafarers remains despite piracy clampdown
Monday, October 31, 2016, Worldwide
Kidnapping and hostage-taking persists off the coasts of West Africa and South East Asia, despite a 20-year low in piracy on the world’s seas, according to new figures from the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC) International Maritime Bureau (IMB).IMB’s latest global piracy report shows that pirates armed with guns or knives took 110 seafarers hostage in the first nine months of 2016, and kidnapped 49 crew for ransom. Nigeria, a growing hotspot for violent piracy and armed robbery, accounts for 26% of all captures, followed by Indonesia, Malaysia, Guinea and Ivory Coast.But with just 42 attacks worldwide this quarter, maritime piracy is at its lowest since 1996. IMB’s Piracy Reporting Centre has recorded 141 incidents so far this year, a 25% drop from the same period in 2015. A total of 111 vessels were boarded, five were hijacked, 10 were fired at, and a further 15 attacks were thwarted……The report shows one factor in reducing global numbers is a huge drop in low-level incidents off Indonesia. Though Indonesia still accounts for 34 of the 110 seafarers taken hostage this year, the total number of attacks has plummeted. IMB recorded 33 attacks off Indonesia in the first nine months of 2016, down from 86 for the corresponding period in 2015. Patrols by the Indonesian Marine Police appear to be working…  …Vietnam has reported similar improvements, with six incidents so far in 2016 – four of them in Vung Tau – compared with 19 during the same period last year.

More vessels of all types are being targeted by armed groups along Nigeria’s rivers, anchorages and ports, and up to 118 nautical miles from the coast. Though many attacks are believed to go unrecorded, IMB received reports of 31 incidents in the first nine months of 2016, up from 12 in the same period last year…  …in other Nigerian attacks so far this year, 13 people have been taken hostage onboard, and 29 kidnapped for ransom. In one boarding in July, five crew were captured and the chief officer shot in the head.

Worldwide over the past nine months, five crewmembers were assaulted, six were injured, and five threatened.

As for Somalia, zero incidents were recorded this quarter and just one attempted attack was recorded in the Gulf of Aden in the first nine months of 2016. But the situation ashore in Somalia, from where the pirate vessels set off, remains fragile…

(For information about operations worldwide contact the respective GAC office. Details can be found at http://gac.com/gac-worldwide/)

Source: Extracts from International Maritime Organisation (https://icc-ccs.org/icc/imb) update dated 31 October 2016

Bunkering operations for LNG carriers in Canal anchorage areas
Monday, October 31, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has reassessed the current prohibition for Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carriers to receive bunkers while in the anchorages of the Panama Canal. Effectively immediately, LNG vessels will be permitted to receive bunkers only within the Explosives Area of the Pacific Anchorage on a space-available basis, after coordination with ACP’s Flamenco Signal Station.These bunkering operations shall not interfere with the vessel’s schedule to transit the Canal.(For information about operations in the Panama Canal, contact GAC-Wilfrod & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-57-2016 dated 28 October 2016
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