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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on March 2, 2018 at 7:40 PM

02-Mar-2018
DREDGING AT KWAI TSING CONTAINER TERMINALS 6 & 7
Hong Kong

MARINE SITE INVESTIGATION OFF PAK MONG, LANTAU ISLAND
Hong Kong

PORT CONDITION WHISKEY SET
Philadelphia, United States

25 KNOT WIND MEASURES
New York, United States

Dredging at Kwai Tsing Container Terminals 6 & 7
Friday, March 2, 2018, Hong Kong

For approximately one month, dredging operations will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (F) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 19.703’N / 114 deg. 07.603’E
(B) 22 deg. 19.651’N / 114 deg. 07.621’E
(C) 22 deg. 19.635’N / 114 deg. 07.565’E
(D) 22 deg. 20.167’N / 114 deg. 07.384’E
(E) 22 deg. 20.183’N / 114 deg. 07.440’E
(F) 22 deg. 20.132’N / 114 deg. 07.457’E

The works will be carried out by a grab dredger. Three tug boats and three split hopper barges will assist in the works. 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 the grab dredger will be established.

Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the grab dredger.

The hours of works 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.30 of 2018 dated 1 March 2018

Marine site investigation off Pak Mong, Lantau Island
Friday, March 2, 2018, Hong Kong

For approximately 6 months, marine site investigation involving drilling of boreholes 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 (F) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 17.794’N / 113 deg. 56.775’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.928’N / 113 deg. 56.977’E
(C) 22 deg. 18.257’N / 113 deg. 57.331’E
(D) 22 deg. 18.418’N / 113 deg. 57.683’E
(E) 22 deg. 18.239’N / 113 deg. 57.984’E
(F) 22 deg. 17.961’N / 113 deg. 57.985’E

WORKS AREA 2:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (G) to (K) and the adjacent shoreline:
(G) 22 deg. 18.171’N / 113 deg. 58.533’E
(H) 22 deg. 18.220’N / 113 deg. 58.350’E
(J) 22 deg. 18.376’N / 113 deg. 58.528’E
(K) 22 deg. 18.371’N / 113 deg. 58.732’E

The works will be carried out by two jack-up platforms and four flat top barges. Two tugboats will provide assistance. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

Yellow flashing lights will be installed at the corners of each jack-up platform to indicate the positions of the platforms.

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

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 areas 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.32 of 2018 dated 1 March 2018

Port Condition Whiskey set
Friday, March 2, 2018, Philadelphia, United States

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the potential for severe weather in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area in the next 24 hours…

…The COTP has determined the Ports of Philadelphia, Camden, and Wilmington and surrounding areas will likely experience heavy rains, gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding, and tidal surge. Members of the port community should take adequate precautions and review the Severe Weather Contingency Plan.

In preparation for high winds, the following provisions of Port Condition WHISKEY are implemented:

Vessels must have effective mooring and anchorage arrangements for anticipated high wind; vessel agents are asked to notify vessel masters of this requirement.
Facilities must minimize debris that could become missile hazards.
Lightering, bunkering, and cargo operations must cease when sustained winds exceed 40 mph.
Vessels and facilities shall conduct a pre-storm self assessment and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.
In the event that the COTP imposes further restrictions, they will be broadcasted on VHF-FM Channel 16. Additionally, all notifications will be forwarded to the Maritime Exchange and will be available as requested. The U.S. Coast Guard will provide the earliest possible advance notification before changing the port condition. Please refer to Homeport for additional information.

Questions regarding the contents of this bulletin or expectations of the Captain of the Port can be directed to (215) 271-4807 or (267) 515-7294.

(For information about operations in the United States contact GAC North America at usa@gac.com)

Source: Extract from U.S. Coast Guard, Se tor Delaware Bay, Marine Safety Information Bulletin No.13-18 dated 2 March 2018

25 knot wind measures
Friday, March 2, 2018, New York, United States

Effective 02 0930 MAR, VTS New York has established 25 knot wind measures.

All barges or ships anchored in a dead ship status in any anchorage not attached to permanent mooring (i.e., Robbins Reef mooring ball) shall have tugs alongside.

All barges alongside anchored ships shall have tugs alongside.

All ships and tugs in an anchorage shall have their engines online.

All ships engaged in bunkering or lightering operations may have no more than one barge alongside.

Contact the Vessel Traffic Center with questions at 718-354-4088.

For information about operations in the United States contact GAC North America at usa@gac.com

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