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29-Dec-2017

HMPE LINES MANDATORY FROM 2019
Dalrymple Bay, Australia
MARINE WORKS EAST OF AIRPORT
Hong Kong
CONSTRUCTION OF THE HONG KONG BOUNDARY CROSSING FACILITIES
Hong Kong
CHANGES IN CLOSING TIME FOR ACCEPTANCE OF BOOKING APPLICATIONS
Panama Canal, Panama
NEW YEAR & ORTHODOX CHRISTMAS HOLIDAYS
Russia
HMPE lines mandatory from 2019
Friday, December 29, 2017, Dalrymple Bay, Australia
HMPE type lines will be mandatory for all vessels calling at Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal from 01st Jan 2019 (Synthetic tails +125% main line strength).

Wire and spliced ropes will not be accepted thereafter.

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

Marine works east of airport
Friday, December 29, 2017, Hong Kong
For a period of approximately 24 months, marine works involving drainage outfall construction, marine site investigation, seawall construction and barging operations will be carried out [to the east of the Hong Kong International Airport] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (I) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 19.212’N / 113 deg. 57.573’E
(B) 22 deg. 19.337’N / 113 deg. 57.527’E
(C) 22 deg. 19.425’N / 113 deg. 57.526’E
(D) 22 deg. 19.509’N / 113 deg. 57.617’E
(E) 22 deg. 19.509’N / 113 deg. 57.748’E
(F) 22 deg. 19.442’N / 113 deg. 57.820’E
(G) 22 deg. 19.124’N / 113 deg. 57.820’E
(H) 22 deg. 18.732’N / 113 deg. 57.696’E
(I) 22 deg. 18.758’N / 113 deg. 57.583’EThe works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including barges, derrick lighters, work boats, tugboats and construction vessels at various stages. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending about 40 metres from the barges and derrick lighters.

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

The hours of work will be round-the-clock.

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.185 of 2017 dated 27 December 2017

Construction of the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities
Friday, December 29, 2017, Hong Kong
For approximately 6 months, marine works involving demolition and reinstatement of seawall for box culvert construction will be carried out within the following areas:

Works Area 1:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 18.758’N / 113 deg. 57.044’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.743’N / 113 deg. 57.038’E
(C) 22 deg. 18.756’N / 113 deg. 56.999’E
(D) 22 deg. 18.771’N / 113 deg. 57.006’E

Works Area 2:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (E) to (H) and the adjacent shoreline:
(E) 22 deg. 18.670’N / 113 deg. 57.215’E
(F) 22 deg. 18.656’N / 113 deg. 57.206’E
(G) 22 deg. 18.676’N / 113 deg. 57.171’E
(H) 22 deg. 18.690’N / 113 deg. 57.181’E

The works will be carried out by one crane barge. One tugboat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres will be established around the crane barge. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barge.

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

The hours of work will be round-the-clock.

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.186 of 2017 dated 27 December 2017

Changes in closing time for acceptance of booking applications
Friday, December 29, 2017, Panama Canal, Panama
Effective January 1, 2018, the closing time for the acceptance of booking requests and other booking-related transactions for all vessel categories will change to 1500 hours on weekdays and 1430 hours on weekends and holidays.

This change will provide the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) personnel sufficient time to process the requests on the day they are received.

Any request received after the above-mentioned hours will be processed the following day.

(For information about operations in Panama, contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-42-2017 dated 28 December 2017

New Year & Orthodox Christmas holidays
Friday, December 29, 2017, Russia
All banks, authorities and administrations and most offices in Russia will be closed from 1 to 8 January for the following official holidays and days off in Russia in January are as follows:
1-8 January: New Year Holidays
7 January: Orthodox Christmas DayFor information about operations in Russia contact GAC Russia at russia@gac.com
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