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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on May 8, 2017 at 8:19 PM

08-May-2017

PLANNED LANE OUTAGE POSTPONED
Panama Canal, Panama
NEW VOLUNTARY RIGHT WHALE SPEED RESTRICTION ZONE
Block Island, RI, United States
REPAIRS TO JETTY RISER PIPES AT PERMANENT AVIATION FUEL FACILITY, TUEN MUN
Hong Kong
Planned lane outage postponed
Monday, May 8, 2017, Panama Canal, Panama
The Panama Canal has advised that Gatun East Lane outage originally programmed for 9-18 May has been postponed until further notice.

For information about operations in the Panama Canal Contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com

New voluntary right whale speed restriction zone
Monday, May 8, 2017, Block Island, RI, United States
NOAA Fisheries announces that a voluntary vessel speed restriction zone (Dynamic Management Area – DMA) has been established south of Block Island, RI to protect an aggregation of 8 right whales sighted in this area on May 4, 2017. This DMA is in effect immediately through May 19, 2017.  Mariners are requested to route around this area or transit through it at 10 knots or less.

VOLUNTARY DYNAMIC MANAGEMENT AREAS (DMAs)
Mariners are requested to avoid or transit at 10 knots or less inside the following areas where persistent aggregations of right whales have been sighted.  Please visit www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/shipstrike for more information.

South of Block Island DMA — in effect through May 19, 2017
41 24N
40 38N
071 47W
070 47W

ACTIVE SEASONAL MANAGEMENT AREAS (SMAs)
Mandatory speed restrictions of 10 knots or less (50 CFR 224.105) are in effect in the following areas:
Cape Cod Bay U.S. SMA — in effect through May 15, 2017
Great South Channel U.S. SMA — in effect through July 31, 2017

Approaching a right whale closer than 500 yards is a violation of federal and state law. Please report all right whale sightings to: 866-755-NOAA (6622)

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

Repairs to jetty riser pipes at Permanent Aviation Fuel Facility, Tuen Mun
Monday, May 8, 2017, Hong Kong
For approximately 3 months, repair of jetty riser pipes will be carried out within the following two works areas:

WORKS AREA 1:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent jetty:
(A) 22 deg. 21.865’N / 113 deg. 55.540’E
(B) 22 deg. 21.908’N / 113 deg. 55.576’E
(C) 22 deg. 21.874’N / 113 deg. 55.621’E
(D) 22 deg. 21.831’N / 113 deg. 55.585’E

WORKS AREA 2:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (E) to (H) and the adjacent jetty:
(E) 22 deg. 21.772’N / 113 deg. 55.663’E
(F) 22 deg. 21.815’N / 113 deg. 55.699’E
(G) 22 deg. 21.781’N / 113 deg. 55.745’E
(H) 22 deg. 21.739’N / 113 deg. 55.709’E

The repair works will be carried out by one derrick barge. One tugboat and one work boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around 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 derrick barge.

The hours of work will be round-the-clock.

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 areas at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the areas.

(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.63 of 2017 dated 5 May 2017

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