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06-Dec-2017

HEIGHT RESTRICTED AREAS FOR SOUTHERN CONNECTION OF TUEN MUN-CHEK LAP KOK LINK
Hong Kong
HEIGHT RESTRICTED AREAS AND SPECIAL AREAS FOR HONG KONG LINK ROAD
Hong Kong
MARITIME CREW VISA PROCESSING OVER CHRISTMAS/NEW YEAR PERIOD
Australia
Height Restricted Areas for Southern Connection of Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, Hong Kong
The Shipping and Port Control (Amendment) Regulation 2017 and the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) (General) (Amendment) Regulation 2017 came into operation on 1 December 2017.

The Regulations establish three groups of vessel height restricted areas namely Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link (“TM-CLKL”) Areas No.1, No.2 and No.3 for the Southern Connection of TM-CLKL, and provide that except with the permission of the Director of Marine, no vessel exceeding 21, 12 and 6 metres in height above sea level shall enter or pass through the TM-CLKL Areas No.1, No.2 and No.3 respectively.

Details of the restricted areas and the corresponding restriction are as follows:

(1) TM-CLKLArea No. 1
No vessel which has a height exceeding 21 metres above sea level shall enter or pass through the TM-CLKL Area No. 1, which is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
(i) 22 deg. 18.625’N / 113 deg. 57.607’E  Position (B)
(ii) 22 deg. 18.592’N / 113 deg. 57.660’E  Position (C)
(iii) 22 deg. 18.513’N / 113 deg. 57.578’E  Position (I)
(iv) 22 deg. 18.546’N / 113 deg. 57.523’E  Position (H)
(v) 22 deg. 18.625’N / 113 deg. 57.607’E  Position (B)

(2) TM-CLKLArea No. 2
No vessel which has a height exceeding 12 metres above sea level shall enter or pass through the TM-CLKL Area No. 2, which includes two areas respectively bounded by:

(a) the shore and straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
(i) 22 deg. 18.670’N / 113 deg. 57.555’E  Position (A)
(ii) 22 deg. 18.625’N / 113 deg. 57.607’E  Position (B)
(iii) 22 deg. 18.546’N / 113 deg. 57.523’E  Position (H)
(iv) 22 deg. 18.638’N / 113° 57.370’E  Position (G)

(b) straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
(i) 22 deg. 18.592’N / 113 deg. 57.660’E  Position (C)
(ii) 22 deg. 18.468’N / 113 deg. 57.871’E  Position (D)
(iii) 22 deg. 18.377’N / 113 deg. 57.808’E  Position (J)
(iv) 22 deg. 18.513’N / 113 deg. 57.578’E  Position (I)
(v) 22 deg. 18.592’N / 113 deg. 57.660’E  Position (C)

(3) TM-CLKLArea No. 3
No vessel which has a height exceeding 6 metres above sea level shall enter or pass through the TM-CLKL Area No. 3, which is bounded by the shore and straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
(i) 22 deg. 17.995’N / 113 deg. 58.147’E  Position (L)
(ii) 22 deg. 18.172’N / 113 deg. 58.151’E  Position (K)
(iii) 22 deg. 18.377’N / 113 deg. 57.808’E  Position (J)
(iv) 22 deg. 18.468’N / 113 deg. 57.871’E  Position (D)
(v) 22 deg. 18.263’N / 113 deg. 58.215’E  Position (E)
(vi) 22 deg. 18.132’N / 113 deg. 58.466’E  Position (F)

Owners, Operators, Masters, Coxswains and Persons-in-charge of vessels must ensure that the highest point of their vessels does not exceed the specified limit when entering or passing through a vessel height restricted area.

Information on the restricted areas of the TM-CLKL is also available at the Marine Department website http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/publication/pdf/hps_nr_clkl.pdf .

(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. 167 of 2017 dated 5 December 2017

Height Restricted Areas and Special Areas for Hong Kong Link Road
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, Hong Kong
The Shipping and Port Control (Amendment) Regulation 2017 and the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) (General) (Amendment) Regulation 2017 which came into operation on 1 December establish four groups of vessel height restricted areas: the Hong Kong Link Road Areas No.1, No.2, No.3 and No.4.

Except with the permission of the Director of Marine, no vessel exceeding 41, 12, 10 and 5 metres in height above sea level shall enter or pass through the HKLR Areas No.1, No.2, No.3 and No.4 respectively.

Owners, Operators, Masters, Coxswains and Persons-in-charge of vessels must ensure that the highest point of their vessels does not exceed the specified limit when entering or passing through a vessel height restricted area.

Vessels navigating in the HKLR Special Areas No.1 and No.2 must follow the general direction of traffic flow.

Information on the restricted areas and special areas of the HKLR is also available at the Marine Department website http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/publication/pdf/hps_nr_clkl.pdf

For further details and information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com

Maritime Crew Visa processing over Christmas/New Year period
Wednesday, December 6, 2017, Australia
Australia’s Department of Immigration and Border Protection’s Maritime Global Processing Centre (MGPC) will be closed as follows over the upcoming Christmas and New Year period:
• from 4pm Friday 22 December 2017 until start of business, Thursday 27 December 2017;
and
• from 4pm Friday 29 December 2017 until start of business 2 January 2018.No Maritime Crew Visas (MCVs) will be processed during this time.
MCV applications should be lodged at least 14 days prior to arrival in order to avoid any issues with delays to processing, crew arriving without visas, or associated punitive action. This means applications should be lodged:
• by 11 December 2017 for crew that will be arriving between 22-27 December 2017;
and
• by 18 December 2017 for crew that will be arriving between 29 December 2017 and 2 January 2018.The Department’s operational agency, the Australian Border Force, will remain operational on a continued 24/7 basis over the holiday period.For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com
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