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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on December 22, 2017 at 7:00 PM

22-Dec-2017

RISE IN RO-RO VOLUMES FOR THIRD YEAR
Gothenburg, Sweden
2017 ORCV MELBOURNE TO HOBART RACE
Melbourne, Australia
ESTABLISHMENT OF TEMPORARY VIRTUAL AIDS TO NAVIGATION FOR MELBOURNE TO HOBART RACE
Melbourne, Australia
MARINE WORKS AT LUNG MEI, TAI PO
Hong Kong
BREAKWATER REINSTATEMENT WORKS AT ABERDEEN SOUTH TYPHOON SHELTER
Hong Kong
CHANNEL RANGE LIGHT PERMANENTLY DISCONTINUED
Melbourne, Australia
PORT OPEN TO COMMERCIAL SHIPPING
Hodeidah, Yemen
Rise in ro-ro volumes for third year
Friday, December 22, 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden
From January to November, 543,000 ro-ro-units were handled in the port of Gothenburg, compared to 535,000 in 2016 in total. Thus it is already clear that 2017 will be the third straight year with increased ro-ro-volumes in the port of Gothenburg…

…Strong flows, with input goods for industry and forest products as the backbone, along with a very good European business climate, have led to this significant increase in frequency. At the same time, the shipping companies are finding the resolve to modernise their fleets with the introduction of new, larger vessels that are more cost-effective and environmentally friendly…

(For information about operations in Sweden, contact GAC Sweden at sweden@gac.com)

Source: Extract from www.portofgothenburg.com

2017 ORCV Melbourne to Hobart Race
Friday, December 22, 2017, Melbourne, Australia
Victorian Ports Melbourne have advised that 21 yachts will compete in the ORCV Melbourne to Hobart Race on Tuesday 27 December.

The race will start at 1430 hours local time in the vicinity of the Portsea Pier, then the yachts will sail through Port Phillip Heads, across Bass Strait, down to the West Coast of Tasmania to finish at Hobart, Tasmania.

Expect to see white and green starting signal flares at 1425 and 1430 hours respectively. The fleet should clear the Heads approximately one hour after the start.

At 1415, ORCV will broadcast an update of shipping movements on VHF Channel 12. All yachts in the fleet are required to monitor this broadcast and maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 until 3NM outside the Heads, then revert to Channel 16.

Two hours prior to the commencement of the race, the Race Director will contact Lonsdale VTS to determine vessel movements. The race start may be delayed for a short time to avoid shipping at the Heads.

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

Establishment of temporary virtual aids to navigation for Melbourne to Hobart race
Friday, December 22, 2017, Melbourne, Australia
Three virtual aids to navigation will be temporary established in the Fairway through Port Phillip Heads for 12 hours from 11:00 on Wednesday 27 December 2017 until 23:00 on Wednesday 27 December 2017.

The virtual aids to navigation will be established to assist yachts competing in the 2017 ORCV Melbourne to Hobart Race, detailed in the accompanying Aquatic Event Advice. Yachts will remain to the west of the virtual aids to navigation.

Positions for Temporary virtual aids to navigation are detailed below:Identification Message: A – ORCV1
Latitude (WGS 84) 38 deg. 16.90’S / Longitude (WGS 84) 144 deg. 38.90’E

Identification Message: B – ORCV2
Latitude (WGS 84) 38 deg. 17.95’S / Longitude (WGS 84) 144 deg. 37.76’E

Identification Message: C – ORCV3
Latitude (WGS 84) 38 deg. 18.50’S / Longitude (WGS 84)144 deg. 36.80’E

The virtual aids to navigation will be temporarily established to assist navigation for outbound yachts participating in an ocean bound racing event. Competing yachts will be required to remain west of the temporary virtual marks.

Mariners are advised to navigate with caution during the event period.

This notice is a direction of the Harbour Master pursuant to section 232 of the Marine Safety Act 2010 (Vic)

The requirements of section 232(2) have been taken into account.

Victorian Notices to Mariners can be downloaded from the Victorian Ports Corporation (Melbourne) website www.vicports.vic.gov.au

Further details can be obtained from Melbourne VTS on VHF channel 12.

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

Source: Victoria Notice to Mariners No. 357 (T) – 2017 dated 21 December 2017

Marine Works at Lung Mei, Tai Po
Friday, December 22, 2017, Hong Kong
For approximately 16 months, marine works involving dredging, construction of groynes and backfilling operations will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 28.314’N / 114 deg. 13.715’E
(B) 22 deg. 28.221’N / 114 deg. 13.783’E
(C) 22 deg. 28.150’N / 114 deg. 13.671’E
(D) 22 deg. 28.243’N / 114 deg. 13.602’EThe works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one grab dredger, one hopper barge, two dumb lighters and three tugboats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.A working area of approximately 50 metres around each dredger, barge and 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 dredger, barge and 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 1900 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.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.182 of 2017

Breakwater reinstatement works at Aberdeen South Typhoon Shelter
Friday, December 22, 2017, Hong Kong
For 4 months, breakwater reinstatement works will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 14.173’N / 114 deg. 09.780’E
(B) 22 deg. 14.135’N / 114 deg. 09.782’E
(C) 22 deg. 14.130’N / 114 deg. 09.665’E
(D) 22 deg. 14.171’N / 114 deg. 09.663’EThe works will be carried out by one derrick lighter. One tugboat will provide assistance.A working area of approximately 15 metres around the 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 lighter.The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 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.183 of 2017

Channel range light permanently discontinued
Friday, December 22, 2017, Melbourne, Australia
The range light (Fl.5s 24m 20M) on the Port Melbourne Channel Rear Lead in position 37 deg. 50.230’S / 144 deg. 55.769’E has been permanently discontinued.

For more information, contact Melbourne VTS on 9644 9700.

(For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)

Source: Victorian Ports Notice to Mariners No. 360–2017 dated 22 December 2017

Port open to commercial shipping
Friday, December 22, 2017, Hodeidah, Yemen
The Saudi-led Collation announced on Wednesday (20 December) that the port of Hodeidah will open again to commercial shipping for a period of 30 days.

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

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