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31-Jul-2017

SEABED STUDIES FOR TUNNEL PROJECT
Istanbul, Turkey
DREDGING OFF WESTERN END OF JURONG ISLAND
Singapore
SOIL INVESTIGATION OFF SHELL BUKOM BERTHS 10, 10A-10C AND VICINITY
Singapore
BULKHEAD REMOVAL WORKS FOR SEAWATER INTAKE & OUTFALL CULVERTS
Hong Kong
PORT DEAL SIGNED
Hambantota, Sri Lanka
PERMISSION TO STAY IN ANCHORAGE AREAS FOR PROVISIONS
Turkish Straits, Turkey
Seabed studies for tunnel project
Monday, July 31, 2017, Istanbul, Turkey
Seabed studies are being conducted in the Bosphorus by M/V Fugro Scout until 26 August, as part of preparation for construction of the Great Istanbul Tunnel, a multi-level underwater tunnel to connect European and Asian banks of Istanbul.

According to the Notice to Ship Masters, drilling operations are being carried out in the area bounded by the following positions:
41 deg. 04.14 N – 029 deg. 02.79 E
41 deg. 04.15 N – 029 deg. 03.44 E
41 deg. 03.98 N – 029 deg. 03.45 E
41 deg. 03.74 N – 029 deg. 03.22 E
41 deg. 04.03 N – 029 deg. 02.70 E

All vessels navıgatıng ın the area are requested to take all necessary precautıons and follow all ınstructıons gıven by vessel traffıc servıces.

IMO A.827(19) Resolutıon strongly recommends takıng pılot ın the Turkısh Straıts and consıderıng the area of drıllıng operatıon as a perılous, all vessels ıntending to pass the Straıt are requested to take pılot for safe of navıgatıon.

Masters navigating in the area are urged to pay utmost attention to the safe navigation areas and to keep in touch with VTS at all times.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits, contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

Dredging off western end of Jurong Island
Monday, July 31, 2017, Singapore
The working period for dredging off the western end of Jurong Island has been extended.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.105 of 2017, the work is now being conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays and Public Holidays – until 23 January 2018, within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 1 deg. 16.432’N / 103 deg. 39.148’E
2) 1 deg. 16.485’N / 103 deg. 39.216’E
3) 1 deg. 15.895’N / 103 deg. 39.216’E
4) 1 deg. 16.061’N / 103 deg. 39.148’E

Dredging work will be carried out by grab dredgers. Each grab dredger will be held in position by 3 spuds. The dredgers, with hopper barges in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centered from the dredgers. Dredged materials will be transported to designated dumping ground by hopper barges.

During the operation, dredgers will be attended by tug boats which will be used to shift the dredger.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft of the project.

Craft involved in the works 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 area;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe 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

Soil investigation off Shell Bukom Berths 10, 10A-10C and vicinity
Monday, July 31, 2017, Singapore
Soil investigation work is being carried out up until 31 December 2017 off Shell Bukom Berths 10, 10A–10C and vicinity.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.101 of 2017, the works are being conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – at the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
BH1) 01 deg. 13.689’N / 103 deg. 46.669’E
BH2) 01 deg. 13.679’N / 103 deg. 46.678’E
BH3) 01 deg. 13.662’N / 103 deg. 46.694’E
BH4) 01 deg. 13.653’N / 103 deg. 46.703’E
BH5) 01 deg. 13.653’N / 103 deg. 46.670’E
BH6) 01 deg. 13.692’N / 103 deg. 46.632’E
MBH1) 01 deg. 13.545’N / 103 deg. 46.724’E
MBH2) 01 deg. 13.528’N / 103 deg. 46.742’E

Soil investigation and sampling work will be carried out by drilling using a jackup barge. Tug boats will be used to move the jack-up barge. The safety zone is a circular area of 30m radius centered at the jack-up barge.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft about the work.

Craft involved in the works 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 jack-up barge;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a slow speed and to navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (West Control); and
e) Communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.

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

Bulkhead removal works for seawater intake & outfall culverts
Monday, July 31, 2017, Hong Kong
For approximately 7 weeks, bulkhead removal works for seawater intake and outfall culverts will be carried out [at West Kowloon Cultural District] within the works area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 18.047’N / 114 deg. 09.899’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.045’N / 114 deg. 09.900’E
(C) 22 deg. 18.039’N / 114 deg. 09.845’E
(D) 22 deg. 18.040’N / 114 deg. 09.844’EThe works will involve diving operations from time to time using the abutting seawall as the base of operation. One guard boat will provide assistance.The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays.

The guard boat employed for the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

The guard 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 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 the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.109 of 2017

Port deal signed
Monday, July 31, 2017, Hambantota, Sri Lanka
The 99-year agreement between Sri Lanka Ports Authority and China Merchant Holdings Company Ltd to lease the Hambantota port has been signed.

The Concession Agreement for the port sets up two companies – Hambantota International Port Group (Pvt.) Ltd. to oversee commercial operations, and Hambantota International Port Services (Pvt.) Ltd to oversee Common User Facilities, including security operations.

For further details and/or information about operations in Sri Lanka contact GAC Sri Lanka at srilanka@gac.com

Permission to stay in anchorage areas for provisions
Monday, July 31, 2017, Turkish Straits, Turkey
Α proposed change to the traffic regulations for the Turkish Straits has been accepted by the Government and published in the official gazette on Friday, 28 July. In accordance with the amendment to the Maritime Traffic Regulations for the Turkish Straits, vessels transiting the Turkish Straits can remain for 168 hours to obtain necessary provisions and other requirements in locations which have been designated anchorage areas (indicated in the Regulation article 23).

In such cases, they must obtain permission through their agent from the Vessel Traffic Service Centers and will remain under the surveillance of the concerned authorities without taking ‘free pratique’. Administration has the right to shorten that period if it is deemed necessary.

To ease the process as the new regulation is implemented, vessels planning to take advantage of it are urged advise as soon as possible their required time for awaiting in transit.

For further details and/or information about operations in the Turkish Straits, contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

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