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20-Jan-2017

DISEMBARKING CREW DUE TO INJURY OR SICKNESS
Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
2017 LUNAR NEW YEAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY
Hong Kong
DRAFT RESTRICTIONS DUE TO SHOALING
Sandy Hook, USA
SEABED SAMPLING
Singapore
SEA KIDNAPPINGS RISE IN 2016 DESPITE PLUMMETING GLOBAL PIRACY – IMB REPORT
Worldwide
Disembarking crew due to injury or sickness
Friday, January 20, 2017, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
The Port of Fujairah has advised that when a crew member is disembarked from their vessel for medical reasons, the vessel shall not sail until the crew member recovers and is fit to rejoin on board or owners/managers arrange proper repatriation.Similarly, crew disembarked due to injury must inform the police authorities properly and the vessel will only be permitted to sail after proper clearance is received from the police GHQ and the crew member is duly reptriated.For information about operations in Fujairah, contact GAC Fujiarah at fujairah@gac.com

2017 Lunar New Year Fireworks Display
Friday, January 20, 2017, Hong Kong
A fireworks display will take place in the Central Harbour, in an area off Wan Chai, at 2000 hours on Sunday, 29 January 2017 (“the event day”).The Fireworks will be discharged from three barges anchored in a straight line at the following positions (WGS 84 Datum):
(a) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.210’E
(b) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.341’E
(c) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.472’EA Closed Area will be established around the barges between 1400 hours and about 2300 hours on the event day with the following details:(i) The area is formed by four straight lines joining the following positions (WGS 84 Datum):
(1) 22 deg. 17.366’N / 114 deg. 10.109’E
(2) 22 deg. 17.366’N / 114 deg. 10.574’E
(3) 22 deg. 17.192’N / 114 deg. 10.574’E
(4) 22 deg. 17.192’N / 114 deg. 10.109’E

(ii) The Closed Area will be closed to all marine traffic, except craft directly involved in the fireworks display, Government launches and vessels with special permission from the Director of Marine (to be collectively called excepted vessels) during the aforesaid period.

A Restricted Area will be established in the Central Harbour from 1900 hours to about 2115 hours on the event day with the following details:
(i) The Eastern Cordon Line (ECL) of the Restricted Area is a straight line joining the south extremity of MTR Hung Hom Freight Terminal Pier and the breakwater at Kellett Island, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. The Western Cordon Line (WCL) of the Restricted Area is a straight line joining the southwest extremity of the Ocean Terminal and the Central Government Pier.
(ii) No vessels, other than the excepted vessels, will be allowed to enter or remain within the Restricted Area.

To minimize head-on encounters of vessels after the fireworks display, the Restricted Area will be lifted in stages by lifting the WCL at about 2100 hours. The ECL will be lifted later depending on the traffic condition in the Central Harbour. It is anticipated that the Restricted Area will be completely lifted at about 2115 hours on the event day. To combat vessels proceeding at excessive speed in the Central Harbour, the Marine Police and Marine Department will deploy laser gun and interception teams on the event day.

Vessels intending to navigate in the Central Harbour after the fireworks display should pay special attention to the establishment of three Buffer Zones at Kowloon Public Pier, Kwun Tong Public Pier, Central Piers 9 and 10 and the associated marine traffic control measures. Details of these measures are given in the Annex to this Notice.

In the event of inclement weather and emergency, the fireworks display may be postponed to the fallback date of Monday, 30 January 2017, at 2000 hours, with the same control measures as aforementioned.

(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.9 of 2017

Draft restrictions due to shoaling
Friday, January 20, 2017, Sandy Hook, USA
We regret having to inform you of extensive shoaling in Ward Point Bend West Reach at the southern end of the Arthur Kill recently made known that now requires draft restrictions be imposed on vessels transiting to/from all terminals on the Arthur Kill.  These restrictions are effective immediately.This shoaling has reduced the controlling depth by 2 ft.; from 35 ft. MLLW to 33 ft. MLLW.  We have appealed to the Army Corps of Engineers to immediately conduct maintenance dredging to relieve this situation.We have updated our transit guidelines to reflect these restrictions.As noted, we have aggressively appealed to the Army Corps to rectify this problem immediately.  Your concerns concerning this shoaling should be directed to the Army Corps New York District.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: Sandy Hook Pilots Association update

Seabed sampling
Friday, January 20, 2017, Singapore
Seabed sampling works will be carried out off Western Tuas View from 21 to 27 January 2017.According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.12 of 2017, the works will be conducted from 0800 to 1800 hours, Monday to Saturday only, at the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 20.404’N / 103 deg. 37.772’E
2) 01 deg. 20.084’N / 103 deg. 37.766’E
3) 01 deg. 20.143’N / 103 deg. 37.572’E
4) 01 deg. 19.771’N / 103 deg. 37.573’E
5) 01 deg. 19.696’N / 103 deg. 37.322’E
6) 01 deg. 19.393’N / 103 deg. 37.345’E
7) 01 deg. 19.196’N / 103 deg. 37.004’E
8) 01 deg. 18.871’N / 103 deg. 37.130’E
9) 01 deg. 18.721’N / 103 deg. 37.029’E
10) 01 deg. 18.631’N / 103 deg. 37.159’E
11) 01 deg. 18.560’N / 103 deg. 36.918’E
12) 01 deg. 18.397’N / 103 deg. 36.987’E
13) 01 deg. 18.234’N / 103 deg. 36.822’E
14) 01 deg. 18.269’N / 103 deg. 36.949’E
15) 01 deg. 17.914’N / 103 deg. 36.723’E
16) 01 deg. 17.695’N / 103 deg. 36.775’E
17) 01 deg. 17.521’N / 103 deg. 36.609’E
18) 01 deg. 17.046’N / 103 deg. 36.525’EA work boat will be anchored at the sampling location to lower the vibro-corer frame to extract seabed sample.A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft about the work.

These craft will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear of the working boats;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a slow speed and to navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control);
and
e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

Sea kidnappings rise in 2016 despite plummeting global piracy – IMB Report
Friday, January 20, 2017, Worldwide
More crew were kidnapped at sea in 2016 than in any of the previous 10 years, despite global piracy reaching its lowest levels since 1998, the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual piracy report revealed today.In its 2016 report, IMB recorded 191 incidents of piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas….…Worldwide in 2016, 150 vessels were boarded, 12 vessels were fired upon, seven were hijacked, and 22 attacks were thwarted. The number of hostages fell to 151.Maritime kidnappings, however, showed a threefold increase on 2015. Pirates kidnapped 62 people for ransom in 15 separate incidents in 2016. Just over half were captured off West Africa, while 28 were kidnapped from tugs, barges, fishing boats, and more recently merchant ships, around Malaysia and Indonesia.

IMB is urging governments to investigate and identify the kidnappers and punish them under law….

Sulu Sea kidnappings
The kidnapping of crew from ocean going merchant vessels in the Sulu Sea and their transfer to the Southern Philippines represents a notable escalation in attacks. In the last quarter, 12 crew were kidnapped from two cargo vessels underway and an anchored fishing vessel, and in November a bulk carrier was fired upon but pirates were not able to board the vessel. Earlier in 2016, crewmembers were kidnapped in three attacks on vulnerable slow-moving tugs and barges.

IMB advises charterers and owners to consider avoiding the Sulu Sea by routing vessels West of Kalimantan.

Nigeria hotspot
The Gulf of Guinea remained a kidnap hotspot in 2016, with 34 crew taken in nine separate incidents. Three vessels were hijacked in the region. There was a noticeable increase in attacks reported off Nigeria: 36 incidents in 2016, up from 14 in 2015. These included nine of the 12 vessels fired upon worldwide in 2016. Some were almost 100 nautical miles from the coastline.

Meanwhile, Indonesian piracy incidents fell from 108 in 2015 to 49 in 2016. Although the overwhelming majority were low-level thefts, vessels were boarded in all but three of the incidents.

Somalia risk
IMB recorded two incidents off Somalia. Pirates attempted to attack a container vessel in the Gulf of Aden in May, and fired on a product tanker in the Somali basin some 300 nm from shore in October. For IMB, this latest incident demonstrates that the capacity and intent to attack merchant shipping still exists off Somalia.

Elsewhere…
Peru reported 11 incidents – 10 of them at the country’s main port of Callao – compared to zero in 2015. The number of incidents in Vung Tau, Vietnam dropped from 15 in 2015 to seven in 2016. Bangladesh also witnessed a welcome decrease, down from 11 in 2015 to three in 2016….

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

Source: ICC International Maritime Bureau (www.iccwbo.org)Fu

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