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29-Dec-2016

TEMPORARY ESTABLISHMENT OF ACOUSTIC MONITORS FOR DOLPHIN SURVEY
Hong Kong
ONLINE APPLICATION FOR GREEN CONNECTION ENVIRONMENTAL RECOGNITION PROGRAM
Panama Canal, Panama
UNDERWATER INSPECTION WORKS AND SUBMARINE CABLE LAYING OPERATIONS
Hong Kong
Temporary establishment of acoustic monitors for dolphin survey
Thursday, December 29, 2016, Hong Kong
For approximately 6 months, an acoustic monitor will be temporarily established on the seabed [at Lung Kwu Tan and Siu Ho Wan] in each of the following locations (WGS 84 Datum):
(A) 22 deg. 23.925’N / 113 deg. 54.205’E
(B) 22 deg. 23.457’N / 113 deg. 54.448’E
(C) 22 deg. 23.026’N / 113 deg. 54.698’E
(D) 22 deg. 18.562’N / 113 deg. 58.644’E
(E) 22 deg. 18.814’N / 113 deg. 59.144’E
(F) 22 deg. 19.007’N / 113 deg. 59.613’EThe acoustic monitor is an instrument for collecting dolphin data. It is a structure of pyramid shape with a height of about 0.8 metre and a square base of 1.0 metre by 1.0 metre. Its bottom will be embedded in the seabed.Regular diving operations for inspecting and retrieving data from the acoustic monitors will be carried out by a work boat in the above locations once every month.

The hours of work will be from 0900 to 1730 hours.

Vessel 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 locations of the acoustic monitors at slow speed, bearing in mind that there are divers working at the locations.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)
Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.174 of 2016

Online application for Green Connection Environmental Recognition Program
Thursday, December 29, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
The Panama Canal Authority has made available the Green Connection Environmental Recognition Program application at the Maritime Service Portal [https://serviceportal.pancanal.com/sp/]. In order to facilitate the use of this new application to process requests, a user’s manual has also been published in the ‘Customer Service’ menu option.Interested parties should submit all documentation which supports the environmental efficiency rating at least 96 hours prior to the vessel’s arrival at Canal waters through the Maritime Service Portal.The awarding of the bonus percentage for transiting vessels will begin effective January 1, 2017.

(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 No.A-63-2016 dated December 28, 2016

Underwater inspection works and submarine cable laying operations
Thursday, December 29, 2016, Hong Kong
For approximately 5 months, marine works involving underwater inspections and cable laying operations will be carried out [from Junk Bay to Siu Sai Wan] within the works area bounded by the shorelines and straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (E) and (F) to (K):
(A) 22 deg. 16.155’N / 114 deg. 14.932’E
(B) 22 deg. 16.677’N / 114 deg. 15.342’E
(C) 22 deg. 16.702’N / 114deg. 15.533’E
(D) 22 deg. 16.902’N / 114 deg. 15.678’E
(E) 22 deg. 16.947’N / 114 deg. 15.982’E
(F) 22 deg. 16.820’N / 114 deg. 15.031’E
(G) 22 deg. 16.769’N / 114 deg. 15.782’E
(H) 22 deg. 16.577’N / 114 deg. 15.645’E
(I) 22 deg. 16.531’N / 114 deg. 15.422’E
(J) 22 deg. 16.255’N / 114 deg. 15.274’E
(K) 22 deg. 16.083’N / 114 deg. 15.010’EThe works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one cable-laying barge, one derrick barge, one flat top barge, one tugboat and two guard boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.A working area of approximately 100 metres around the cable-laying barge and the derrick barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the cable-laying barge and the derrick barge.

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

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 2300 hours. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work except the period when working inside the Tathong Channel Traffic Separation Scheme.

Vessels engaged in the works will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution at a slow speed and keep clear of the barges, bearing in mind that there are divers working in the area.

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

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No. 176 of 2016

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