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08-Dec-2017

MARINE WORKS INSIDE CAUSEWAY BAY TYPHOON SHELTER
Hong Kong
PORT STATUS UPDATE (8 DECEMBER 2017)
Yemen
NOTICE OF INDUSTRIAL ACTION
Port Jackson & Port Botany, Australia
HIGH WINDS CLOSE PORT
Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
SERVICE BOAT OPERATION PROHIBITED DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS
Novorossiysk, Russia
SUBMARINE OUTFALL INSPECTION WORKS AT SHA TIN HOI
Hong Kong
Marine works inside Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter
Friday, December 8, 2017, Hong Kong
For approximately one month, marine works involving trimming and backfilling operations will be carried out [inside Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (E):
(A) 22 deg. 17.139’N / 114 deg. 11.170’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.117’N / 114 deg. 11.188’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.055’N / 114 deg. 11.079’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.092’N / 114 deg. 11.092’E
(E) 22 deg. 17.114’N / 114 deg. 11.132’EThe works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including five dumb lighters, two tugboats and two guard boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.A working area of approximately 15 metres around each lighter 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.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 2300 hours. 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. 169 of 2017 dated 5 December 2017

Port status update (8 December 2017)
Friday, December 8, 2017, Yemen
According to multiple sources, on Wednesday (6 December) military forces backed by the Coalition started offensive operations north of Mokha at the Red Sea coast of Yemen against Houthi rebels.

Operations are expected to continue until they reach the port city of Hodeidah where there are currently three ships secured to berth and no ships at anchorage.

The status of ports and terminals in Yemen are as follows:

OPEN/OPERATIONAL:
Aden, Mukalla, Ash Shihr Oil Terminal, Nishtun and Hodeidah,

CLOSED:
Balhaf LNG Terminal, Mokha, Saleef, Ras Isa Marine Terminal (FSO) and Ras Isa Petroleum Products Reception Facility.

For information about operations in Yemen contact GAC Yemen at yemen@gac.com

Notice of Industrial Action
Friday, December 8, 2017, Port Jackson & Port Botany, Australia
The Port Authority of New South Wales has received notification of a 24 hour stoppage by Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) members working on board pilot cutters operated by the Port Authority from Port Jackson and Port Botany starting at 0600 hours local time on Wednesday, 13 December.

This proposed action will suspend the use of the pilot vessels to embark and disembark Pilots at both ports.

The MUA have agreed to exempt the following functions from any industrial action:
– Watch keeping at sea;
– Fire Rounds;
– Port security watches;
– Safety drills;
– Product tanker and crude oil tanker vessels;
– Passenger cruise vessels;
– All dealings with emergency equipment in any manner;
– Any and all safety and emergency related issues.

Emergency response, Vessel Traffic Services and other Port Officer functions (other than pilot cutter movements) will be required to continue as normal during this period of industrial action.

The Port Authority of New South Wales has been negotiating with the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) and Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) over a replacement Enterprise Agreement for its Sydney workforce since February 2017.

For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

High winds close port
Friday, December 8, 2017, Al Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Due to high wind speeds, the port of Jubail was closed berthing and sailing at 22.15 hours local time yesterday (7 December). Loading and unloading were halted at 00.15 hours today (8 December) but were resumed at 13:50 hours.

For information about operations in Jubail contact GAC Saudi Arabia at jubail@gac.com

Service boat operation prohibited due to weather conditions
Friday, December 8, 2017, Novorossiysk, Russia
Due to an expected increase of the south wind over the period 8-13 December, all service boat operations at the CPC-R Marine Terminal at Novorossiysk are prohibited by Harbour Master.

Inward/outward clearance will be postponed until the weather improves. Mooring/unmooring/loading operations will be carried out as appropriate in actual weather conditions.

For information about operations in Russia contact GAC Russia at russia@gac.com

Submarine Outfall inspection works at Sha Tin Hoi
Friday, December 8, 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. 25.063’N / 114 deg. 13.122’E
(B) 22 deg. 25.026’N / 114 deg. 13.187’E
(C) 22 deg. 24.989’N / 114 deg. 13.163’E
(D) 22 deg. 25.026’N / 114 deg. 13.098’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 Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.171 of 2017 dated 7 December 2017

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