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Hong Kong
Bosphorus, Turkey
Speed in Restricted Zones
Monday, June 26, 2017, Hong Kong
The attention of owners, coxswains and masters of pleasure vessels and all other vessels are drawn to section 9(3) of the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) (General) Regulation (Cap 548F) and regulation 19(3) of the Shipping and Port Control Regulations (Cap 313A), which set out the speed limit for ALL vessels within restricted zones.

The restricted zones are specified in the Eighteenth Schedule to the Shipping and Port Control Regulations and listed below.

The speed limit is 5 knots between 8 a.m. and 12 midnight on all days from 1 July to 15 September (both dates inclusive) every year or all other Saturdays and public holidays.

T1 Plover Cove
T2 Sha Tin Hoi

K1 Tai She Wan
K2 Tsam Chuk Wan
K3 Hebe Haven (Pak Sha Wan)
K4 East Kiu Tsui Chau
K5 West Kau Sai Chau
K6 South Kau Sai Chau
K7 Bluff Island
K8 Clear Water Bay

A1 To Tei Wan
A2 Tai Tam Harbour
A3 Stanley Bay
A4 Chung Hom Wan
A5 South Bay
A6 Deep Water Bay
A10 Tai Tam Bay
A11 Repulse Bay

A7 Luk Chau Wan
A8 Sham Wan

A9 Tung Wan

L1 Discovery Bay

The coxswains and masters of all vessels, particularly large or powerful vessels, are strongly advised to exercise due care and avoid generating excessive wake wash when navigating in the restricted zones, in areas near swimming beaches and fish culture zones, in particular near Kai Lung Wan Fish Culture Zone, giving due consideration to the safety of other people and vessels in the vicinity. In narrow channels such as Sor See Mun (Fu Tau Fan Chau) and Fat Tong Mun (Tung Lung Chau), the speed of all vessels should be reduced to a safe speed generally not exceeding 5 knots. Operators of speed boats and jet skis should exercise due care when navigating in narrow waterways, such as river channels and proceed at safe speed at all times.

Any person wishing to make a report concerning the apparent mishandling or excessive speed of a vessel may do so by calling the Harbour Patrol Section of the Marine Department at telephone 2385 2791. The person making such a report may be requested to confirm the details in writing and may be required to appear in court as witness should the report subsequently result in a prosecution.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.85 of 2017

Seabed studies for Great Istanbul Tunnel
Monday, June 26, 2017, Bosphorus, Turkey
Closures can be expected in the Bosphorus until early August due to seabed studies being carried out for the Great Istanbul Tunnel project.

The Great Istanbul Tunnel is a multi-level underwater tunnel to connect European and Asian banks of Istanbul, planned between the first and second bridges connecting Gayrettepe and Kucuksu.

From 24 June to 3 August, the tug Alcatras and research vessel Fugro Scout are studying the seabed in the Bosphorus and closures are to be expected. Details of closure dates/times have not been announced yet, and will be given nearer the time.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits, contact GAC Istanbul at

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