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01-Feb-2018

OPENING OF CENTRAL MARINE OFFICE AND CLOSING OF PUBLIC CARGO WORKING AREAS DURING CHINESE NEW YEAR
Hong Kong
2018 LUNAR NEW YEAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY
Hong Kong
TRANSFER OF PERSONNEL/CREW BETWEEN VESSELS
Algoa Bay, South Africa
Opening of Central Marine Office and closing of public cargo working areas during Chinese New Year
Thursday, February 1, 2018, Hong Kong
The Central Marine Office on 3/F., Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong, will be opened from 0900 hours to 1100 hours on Saturday, 17 February 2018 for entry and outward clearance of all vessels. The enquiry telephone number of the Central Marine Office is 2852 3082.

All Public Cargo Working Areas will be closed from 1700 hours on Thursday 15 February 2018 and open for normal operations at 1200 on Sunday 18 February 2018.

(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.13 of 2018

2018 Lunar New Year Fireworks Display
Thursday, February 1, 2018, Hong Kong
A Fireworks Display will take place in the Central Harbour, in an area off Wan Chai, at 2000 hours on Saturday, 17 February 2018 (“the event day”).

The fireworks will be displayed from three barges (a) to (c) anchored in a straight line with four firing pontoons (d) to (g) at the following positions (WGS 84 Datum):
(a) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.210’E
(b) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.341’E
(c) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.472’E
(d) 22 deg. 17.278’N / 114 deg. 10.317’E
(e) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.329’E
(f) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.353’E
(g) 22 deg. 17.278’N / 114 deg. 10.365’E

A Closed Area will be established around the barges between 1400 hours and about 2300 hours on the event day with the following details:

(i) The area is formed by four straight lines joining the following positions (WGS 84 Datum):
(1) 22 deg. 17.366’N / 114 deg. 10.109’E
(2) 22 deg. 17.366’N / 114 deg. 10.574’E
(3) 22 deg. 17.192’N / 114 deg. 10.574’E
(4) 22 deg. 17.192’N / 114 deg. 10.109’E

The Closed Area will be closed to all marine traffic, except craft directly involved in the fireworks display, Government launches and vessels with special permission from the Director of Marine (to be collectively called excepted vessels) during the aforesaid period.

A Restricted Area will be established in the Central Harbour from 1900 hours to about 2115 hours on the event day with the following details:

(i) The Eastern Cordon Line (ECL) of the Restricted Area is a straight line joining the south extremity of MTR Hung Hom Freight Terminal Pier and the breakwater at Kellett Island, Royal Hong Kong Yacht Club. The Western Cordon Line (WCL) of the Restricted Area is a straight line joining the southwest extremity of the Ocean Terminal and the Central Government Pier.
(ii) No vessels, other than the excepted vessels, will be allowed to enter or remain within the Restricted Area.

To minimize head-on encounters of vessels after the fireworks display, the Restricted Area will be lifted in stages by lifting the WCL at about 2100 hours. The ECL will be lifted later depending on the traffic condition in the Central Harbour. It is anticipated that the Restricted Area will be completely lifted at about 2115 hours on the event day.

To combat vessels proceeding at excessive speed in the Central Harbour, the Marine Police and Marine Department will deploy laser guns and interception teams on the event day.

Vessels intending to navigate in the Central Harbour after the fireworks display should pay special attention to the establishment of three Buffer Zones at Kowloon Public Pier, Kwun Tong Public Pier, Central Piers 9 and 10 and the associated marine traffic control measures.

In the event of inclement weather and emergency, the fireworks display may be postponed to the fallback date of Sunday, 18 February 2018, at 2000 hours, with the same control measures as aforementioned.

(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.14 of 2018

Transfer of personnel/crew between vessels
Thursday, February 1, 2018, Algoa Bay, South Africa
Following an incident which resulted in the loss of a life at the Port of Ngqura, the South African Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) has ruled that no night time operations involving the transfer of personnel or crew between vessels in Algoa Bay and its surroundings are permitted. This is effective immediately.

Night time is considered to be from 30 minutes after sunset until 30 minutes before sunrise the following day.

For information about operations in South Africa, contact GAC South Africa at shipping.capetown@gac.com

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