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28-Apr-2017

SCHEDULED CHANNEL CLOSURE FOR RIVERFEST
Neches River, Port Neches TX, USA
CONTINUOUS OPERATION OF A TEMPORARY WIND MONITORING STATION
Hong Kong
DREDGING IN HUNG HOM FAIRWAY
Hong Kong
REPAIRS TO DOLPHINS IN TO KWA WAN TYPHOON SHELTER
Hong Kong
LOCK CHAMBER TO CLOSE FOR REPAIRS
Kiel Canal, Germany
Scheduled channel closure for Riverfest
Friday, April 28, 2017, Neches River, Port Neches TX, USA
RIVERFEST, an annual event sponsored by the Port Neches Chamber of Commerce, is scheduled to be held on Friday, May 5 through Sunday, May 7, 2017. Some RIVERFEST events will take place on the Neches River in the vicinity of Port Neches Park, including boat races and a fireworks display.

As a result, the Coast Guard will enforce Special Local Regulations adjacent to Port Neches Park in Port Neches, Texas, during the event. Specifically, vessels MAY NOT enter or remain in the portion of the Neches River, bound on the west by 30 deg. 00’00”N (near the Harrison Refinery Dock) and on the east by 93 deg. 56’00”W (near FINA upper anchorage) during the boat races. Additionally, the Coast Guard will enforce a 500-yard safety zone around the launch barge during the scheduled fireworks display on Saturday, May 6, 2017.

The Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies will enforce these regulations during the following times:

May 5, 2017:       2.00 p.m. until 6.00 p.m.
May 6, 2017:       8.30 a.m. until 6.00 p.m.
8.30 p.m. until 9.30 p.m. (Fireworks Display)
May 7, 2017:       8.30 a.m. until 6.00 p.m.

Breaks during race events have been scheduled to allow shallow draft traffic to pass. Vessels desiring to transit through this area may contact Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Port Arthur on Channel 65A or 13 VHF-FM or the on-scene Coast Guard vessel on Channel 13 or 16 VHF-FM.

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur Texas, Marine Safety Information Bulletin 01-17

Continuous operation of a temporary wind monitoring station
Friday, April 28, 2017, Hong Kong
A temporary wind monitoring station which has been established southwest of Lamma Island for collecting wind data will continue to operate for a period of approximately one year.

The station is a large offshore platform. The particulars of the station and its aids to navigation are as follows:

The Station

Position (WGS 84 Datum): 22 deg. 09.197’N / 114 deg. 05.973’E

Elevation of the main platform: 11 metres above mean sea level

Supporting Trunk: Yellow

Meteorological Mast: Orange and white stripes

Aids to Navigation of the Station
Light: Mo (U) 15s 13M
Foghorn: Mo (U) 15s
Radar Reflector: Fitted

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and give a wide berth from the station.

(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.60 of 2017 dated 28 April 2017

Dredging in Hung Hom Fairway
Friday, April 28, 2017, Hong Kong

For approximately 4 months, dredging operations 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. 17.826’N / 114 deg. 10.976’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.208’N / 114 deg. 11.117’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.185’N / 114 deg. 11.003’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.777’N / 114 deg. 10.886’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one grab dredger, two hopper barges, one dumb lighter, one tug boat and one guard boat. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around each dredger, barge and lighter will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the dredger, barges and lighter.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 2300 hours daily including Sundays and public holidays. Vessels engaged in the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments.

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

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(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.61 of 2017 dated 28 April 2017

Repairs to Dolphins in To Kwa Wan Typhoon Shelter
Friday, April 28, 2017, Hong Kong

With immediate effect and for a period of approximately 3 months, fender and concrete repairing works for six dolphins will be carried out in the To Kwa Wan Typhoon Shelter.

The works will be carried out by a crane boat. A working area of approximately 15 metres around the boat will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the boat.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. The boat employed for 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.

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

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear of the working 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.59 of 2017 dated 26 April 2017

Lock chamber to close for repairs
Friday, April 28, 2017, Kiel Canal, Germany

Kiel Canal authorities have announced that the New Big North lock chamber at Brunsbuettel will be closed for repairs from 0700 hours on 2 May until 1200 hours on 12 May.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

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