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Hong Kong
Unifying Office Hours of District Marine Offices
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Hong Kong
From 3 January 2017 the office hours of all eight District Marine Offices (DMOs) at Annex will be unified as below to enhance the services to the public:Monday to Friday
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
2:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Apart from the counter services, MD has also provided round-the-clock services for handling the port formalities through the Electronic Business System (eBS) that has already extended to allow individual vessel owners to submit applications for renewal of vessel licences. Renewal of vessel licence applications may also be sent by mail to any DMOs, which will be processed

For more details about the new office hours of the DMOs, please visit the webpage of MD at or call DMOs as set out in Annex.

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

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.163 of 2016

Burnt Pine Longicorn (BPL) flight season measures
Wednesday, December 14, 2016, Australia
Australia’s Department of Agriculture and Water Resources commenced its annual heightened surveillance regime for managing the risks posed by Burnt Pine Longicorn (BPL) beetles on vessels arriving from New Zealand from 30 November 2016.The Maritime Arrival Reporting System (MARS) sends a BPL Questionnaire to targeted vessels, after submission of the Pre-Arrival Report. The Maritime National Coordination Centre (MNCC) then advises, through MARS – Biosecurity Status Document (BSD), if a BPL inspection or any specific biosecurity risk mitigation measures are required.

The department requests vessel masters and crew to remain vigilant for BPL and advise the department, as soon as possible, of any suspected detections of BPL.

The department will issue further notification advising of the conclusion of the BPL Flight Season.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at

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