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27-Jan-2017

SUBMARINE OUTFALL INSPECTION WORKS AT NORTH-WESTERN CORNER OF KWAI TSING CONTAINER BASIN
Hong Kong
SUBMARINE OUTFALL INSPECTION WORKS OFF BLACK POINT POWER STATION
Hong Kong
BERTHING AND UNBERTHING HALTED
Jubail, Saudi Arabia
TROPICAL LOW 14U – UPDATE 4, 27 JANUARY 2017
Dampier & Port Hedland, Australia
SEVERE WEATHER WARNING
East Atlantic Ocean
Submarine outfall inspection works at north-western corner of Kwai Tsing Container Basin
Friday, January 27, 2017, Hong Kong
From 3 to 4 February 2017, submarine outfall inspection will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 20.768’N / 114 deg. 06.869’E
(B) 22 deg. 20.717’N / 114 deg. 06.886’E
(C) 22 deg. 20.701’N / 114 deg. 06.830’E
(D) 22 deg. 20.752’N / 114 deg. 06.813’EThe works will be carried out by one barge and one diving boat. One guard boat and two tugboats will provide assistance and advise the vessels transiting the Rambler Channel to keep clear of the works area.A working area of approximately 100 metres around the 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 barge.The hours of work will be from 1200 to 1500 hours. Vessels engaged in the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.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 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.12 of 2017

Submarine outfall inspection works off Black Point Power Station
Friday, January 27, 2017, Hong Kong
From 31 January 2017 and for approximately one week, submarine outfall inspection works will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 24.746’N / 113 deg. 54.142’E
(B) 22 deg. 24.710’N / 113 deg. 54.182’E
(C) 22 deg. 24.602’N / 113 deg. 54.065’E
(D) 22 deg. 24.645’N / 113 deg. 54.024’EThe works will be carried out by two derrick lighters. One tugboat and one work boat will provide assistance.A working area of approximately 50 metres will be established around each derrick lighter. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the derrick lighters.The hours of work will be from 0800 to 2000 hours. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.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 at slow speed and keep clear.

(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.14 of 2017

Berthing and unberthing halted
Friday, January 27, 2017, Jubail, Saudi Arabia
All port berthing/unberthing operations at Jubail were suspended by the Port Authority at 0100 hours local time today (27 January) due to strong winds of up to 32 knots and bad weather.For information about operations in Jubail contact GAC Saudi Arabia at jubail@gac.com

Tropical low 14U – Update 4, 27 January 2017
Friday, January 27, 2017, Dampier & Port Hedland, Australia
Tropical Low (14U) is situated approximately 140 Nautical Miles NNE of Port Hedland in conditions that are currently ideal for intensification. The system is expected to remain parallel to Pilbara coast on a WSW track and is likely to reach cyclone intensity by early morning tomorrow (Saturday 28 January).Gales are expected to be southern side of the low late toay even if cyclone intensity is not yet reached.  By Saturdayevening, gales are no longer expected to be influencing the WA mainland and by Sunday, the models are in reasonable agreement that the system will most likely be over open waters to the northwest of Exmouth, moving away from the WA mainland.The port of Dampier was due to move to Cyclone Response stage 3 – Clear Port by 1400 hours today. This involves the Harbour Master commencing clearing the port and its anchorages of vessels with the view to vessels clearing port limits prior to the onset of gale force winds in order to have adequate margins of safety, and to provide ships adequate time to clear the coast before encountering storm conditions.The PPA – Port Hedland cyclone response procedure has been activated. The port is now at Stage 3 – Clear Port.For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Severe weather warning
Friday, January 27, 2017, East Atlantic Ocean
A low pressure is expected to form on 30-31 January off the US East coast and move very fast NE-ward. It is expected to become very intense with sign sea 12-16m S of the low pressure. From 1-3 February there is a risk of very high sea in the waters West of Europe.However, the movement of the low is uncertain. It seems like this low pressure is the start of a period of heavier conditions in the waters West of Europe as other lows will follow the same track.Be prepared for some delayed voyages in this area.(Keep updated on weather with the SMHI Fleetweb, showing recommended routes for vessels. Contact GAC SMHI Weather Solutions at smhi@gac.com)Source: GAC SMHI MetOps team alert issued on 27 January 2017
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