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29-Aug-2017

SUBMARINE OUTFALL INSPECTION WORKS OFF SHA TAU KOK
Hong Kong
REPAIR WORKS FOR NORTH POINT VEHICULAR FERRY PIER
Hong Kong
PORT CONDITION ZULU SET
Beaumont/Port Arthur/Orange /Lake Charles, United States
TROPICAL STORM HARVEY UPDATE (29 AUGUST)
Corpus Christi, United States
Submarine outfall inspection works off Sha Tau Kok
Tuesday, August 29, 2017, Hong Kong
For approximately 3 weeks, 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. 32.531’N / 114 deg. 13.272’E
(B) 22 deg. 32.504’N / 114 deg. 13.276’E
(C) 22 deg. 32.501’N / 114 deg. 13.247’E
(D) 22 deg. 32.528’N / 114 deg. 13.243’EThe works will be carried out by one work boat and one survey vessel. One guard boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 25 metres around the work boat will be established. The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels 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.

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 works area.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of the HKSAR Marine Department Notice No. 123 of 2017

Repair works for North Point Vehicular Ferry Pier
Tuesday, August 29, 2017, Hong Kong
For approximately 18 months, repair works for North Point Vehicular Ferry Pier 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. 17.714’N / 114 deg. 12.208’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.672’N /  114 deg. 12.211’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.670’N / 114 deg. 12.182’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.713’N / 114 deg. 12.179’EThe works will be carried out by two dumb lighters and one flat top barge. One tugboat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around the lighters and 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 lighters and barge.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 2300 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside 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.

(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.122 of 2017

Port Condition Zulu set
Tuesday, August 29, 2017, Beaumont/Port Arthur/Orange /Lake Charles, United States
Effective at 6:00 p.m. CDT on August 28, 2017, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Port Arthur has set Port Condition ZULU for the ports of Beaumont, TX; Port Arthur, TX; Orange, Texas; and Lake Charles, LA including all tributaries and connecting waterways.

Gale force winds from Tropical Storm Harvey are expected to affect the coasts of southeast Texas and western Louisiana within 12 hours.

The following restrictions are in effect:

  1. All cargo transfer operations must be completed before sustained winds reach 35 MPH.
  2. Vessel movements within the affected waterways are prohibited with the following exception: Commercial vessels less than 500 gross tons operating on protected inland waters.
  3. All commercial vessels operating in the Port Arthur Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) Area are designated VTS Users. All VTS User movements shall be reported to Vessel Traffic Service Port Arthur at least 15-minutes prior to sailing on channels 01A or 65A VHF-FM or by phone to (409) 719-5070.

Vessels are advised to seek safe harbor in the northern reaches of the waterway. Survey places to moor or anchor to safely ride out a tropical storm or hurricane, and make available the necessary heavy weather mooring gear. Based on prior experience, fishing vessels should moor north of Texaco Island Intersection. Vessels shall not moor in locations that impede the safe transit of vessels in the channel.   By regulation, vessels intending to moor at 33 CFR 105 facilities must have an agreed upon security arrangement with the facility prior to the vessels mooring.

Questions may be directed as follows:

  1. For the Sabine-Neches Waterway:  (409) 719-5070 or “Port Arthur Traffic” on VHF-FM 01A / 65A
  1. For the Calcasieu Waterway:   (337) 912-0073

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Information Bulletin 10-17 issued August 28, 2017 – 6:00 P.M.

Tropical Storm Harvey update (29 August)
Tuesday, August 29, 2017, Corpus Christi, United States
Tropical Storm Harvey is expected to make a second landfall between Galveston and the TX/LA border by Wednesdaynight (30 August).

Bands of moderate to heavy rain will continue into Wednesday as Harvey tracks slowly along the SE TX coast then turns northeast over the next 3 days. The storm is forecast to lift NE of the area on Thursday ending the heavy rain and storm surge threat.

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Sector Corpus Christi, set Port Condition ZULU (MSIB 05-17) at midnight Thursday for the entire COTP Area of Responsibility and this remains in effect. No vessel movements are permitted without specific permission of the Captain of the Port. That does not mean that no vessel movements are allowed; it means that verbal permission must be requested and granted on a case-by-case basis before movements are allowed.

There is still a Paragon drill ship grounded in the Corpus Christi ship channel at Aransas Pass; T&T Salvage has been contracted to do an assessment on the grounded vessel. Until that vessel is moved no deep-draft vessels will be moving in the ship channel.

All facilities are requested to update the US Coast Guard with their situation. A post-storm checklist is required to be sent to the US Coast Guard before they will be permitted to accept vessels by the Coast Guard.

The Coast Guard National Strike Force is assisting with evaluating the Corpus Christi area for potential hazardous material and pollution after Hurricane Harvey made landfall.

The Harbormaster’s office is working to complete a list of facilities that are ready to receive traffic. They will also be working to assist the USCG in getting the post-storm checklists turned in to allow brown water traffic in the Inner Harbor.

EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS:

USCG Sector Corpus Christi:
LCDR Pickering, Cellular phone 361-244-4784
Planning Section 361-767-2529
Operations Section 361-767-2527
Search & Rescue 361-933-5007

Port of Corpus Christi:
Emergency Command Center 361-885-6612

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

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