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28-Mar-2018

TESTING OF AUTONOMOUS UNDERWATER VEHICLE OFF ST JOHN’S ISLAND
Singapore

CANAL STRIKE FINISHED
Kiel Canal, Germany

ESTABLISHMENT OF RESTRICTED AREA
Hong Kong

INSPECTION WORKS OF THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING, CHA KWO LING
Hong Kong

DEEPENING OF NIEUWE WATERWEG (NEW WATERWAY)
Rotterdam, Netherlands

DENSE FOG HALTS TRAFFIC AGAIN
Bosphorus, Turkey

INSTALLATION OF PONTOON AT CHANGI FERRY TERMINAL
Singapore

VAT INCREASE FROM 1 APRIL
South Africa
Testing of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle off St John’s Island
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Singapore

From 2 to 3 April, testing of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) will be carried out off St John’s Island.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.030 of 2018 dated 27 March 2018, the testing will be carried out between 0800 and 1800 hours daily within a working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 13.133’N / 103 deg. 51.137’E
2) 01 deg. 12.960’N / 103 deg. 51.229’E
3) 01 deg. 12.925’N / 103 deg. 51.137’E

The works will involve a work boat and safety boat, both of which will exhibit appropriate local and international day signals.

The work boat will deploy and recover the AUV by crane. The safety boat will be in attendance at all times to warn and re-direct craft in the vicinity to keep clear of the working area.

When in the vicinity of the working are, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear and not to enter the working area
b) Maintain a proper lookout
c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (West Control)
and
e) Communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

Canal strike finished
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Kiel Canal, Germany

Kiel Canal authorities have announced that yesterday’s strike action has ended.

In Brunsbüttel, two big locks and one small lock are in service to release all vessels within the Canal as soon as possible and to reduce waiting times.

Present waiting times are:
Brunsbüttel – up to 6 hours
Kiel-Holtenau – no significant waiting times

(For information about operations in Germany, contact the GAC Hub Agency Centre’s 24/7 Port on Demand Team at POD@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

Establishment of restricted area
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Hong Kong

A restricted area will be established between 0900 hours on 30 March 2018 to 0900 hours on 9 April 2018, in Victoria Harbour off Tsim Sha Tsui to facilitate the functions in connection to the Hong Kong Sevens 2018. An inflatable rubber rugby ball will be displayed onboard a flat-top work barge inside the restricted area during the period mentioned above.

The restricted area is formed by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 17.587’N / 114 deg. 10.262’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.550’N / 114 deg. 10.262’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.553’N / 114 deg. 10.301’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.590’N / 114 deg. 10.301’E

During the aforementioned period, no vessel, other than Government launches, will be allowed to enter or remain within the restricted area. All vessels navigating in the vicinity should keep away from the restricted 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.44 of 2018

Inspection works of the Eastern Harbour Crossing, Cha Kwo Ling
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Hong Kong

For approximately one week, underwater CCTV inspection works for the cathodic protection system of the Eastern Harbour Crossing 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. 17.905’N / 114 deg. 13.776’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.894’N / 114 deg. 13.753’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.919’N / 114 deg. 13.738’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.922’N / 114 deg. 13.746’E

The works will be carried out by a work boat. A working area of approximately 10 metres around the work boat will be established.

The hours of work will be from 0900 to 1700 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessel 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.

Vessel engaged in the operation 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.46 of 2018

Deepening of Nieuwe Waterweg (New Waterway)
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Minister Cora van Nieuwenhuizen of Infrastructure and Water Management and Ronald Paul (COO Port of Rotterdam Authority) gave the official go-ahead for the deepening of the Nieuwe Waterweg and the Botlek on Monday 26 March. Rijkswaterstaat and the Port of Rotterdam Authority have joined forces to ensure that sea-going vessels with a draught of 15 metres can also reach the Botlek port…

…The Nieuwe Waterweg, the canal between Rotterdam and the North Sea, was opened in 1872 and forms the basis of the development of Rotterdam as the most important port in Europe. The waterway will be deepened over a length of 25 kilometres. From Hoek van Holland to the Benelux tunnel, including the connecting Botlek port. It is a necessary step which will improve accessibility to the Botlek ports. The deepening process will take approximately six months. It will be carried out by Koninklijke Boskalis Westminster N.V. (Maassluis to the Benelux Tunnel and the Botlek) and Van der Kamp B.V. (from the Nieuwe Waterweg Maassluis to Hoek van Holland)…

…Rijkswaterstaat will deepen the Nieuwe Waterweg and the Port of Rotterdam Authority will deepen the Botlek. The deepening will encompass three different contract depths. The depth of the Botlek will go from ≈ 14.5 m (New Amsterdam Water Level (NAP)) to ≈ 15.90 m. Along the Nieuwe Waterweg, the first stretch from Hoek van Holland to Maassluis will be deepened from ≈ 15m to ≈ 16.20m. The second section up to the Benelux Tunnel will have a guaranteed depth of ≈ 16.40m. It used to be ≈ 14.5m. The additional 20 centimetres are connected to the lower salt content inland of the Nieuwe Waterweg which means ships need a greater water depth. After the deepening, ships with a draught of up to 15 metres, under normal circumstances, will be able to sail into the Botlek port. Ships with a draught of maximum 14.90 metres can already sail through the new Panama Canal, so New Panamax ships will be able to reach the Botlek without any restrictions.

The dredging work will take place in the same way as regular maintenance dredging in the ports and along the river. There will be no extra disturbance to the surroundings, shipping or the workers at the port…

(For information about operations in Rotterdam contact GAC Netherlands at netherlands@gac.com)

Source: Extracts from Port of Rotterdam (www.portofrotterdam.com) Press Release dated 27 March 2018

Dense fog halts traffic again
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Bosphorus, Turkey

Vessel traffic has again been suspended due to dense fog and poor visibility, from 01.25 hours local time today (28 March).

UPDATE: Bosphorus vessels traffic resumed at 15.15 hours local time.

UPDATE 2: Traffic was again suspended due to the dense fog at 15:52 hours local time.

Bosphorus vessels traffic has been suspended due to the poor visibility (dense fog) on 28.03.2018 at 15:52 Hrs. We will keep you updated.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

Installation of pontoon at Changi Ferry Terminal
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, Singapore

From 27 March to 31 May, work to install a pontoon is being carried out at Changi Ferry Terminal.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.032 of 2018, the work is being carried out 24 hours daily – including Public Holidays – within a working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 22.483’N / 104 deg. 00.515’E
2) 01 deg. 22.485’N / 104 deg. 00.529’E
3) 01 deg. 22.423’N / 104 deg. 00.531’E
4) 01 deg. 22.424’N / 104 deg. 00.517’E

The pontoon will be installed by crane barges. A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft of the work.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear of the working area
b) Maintain a proper lookout
c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 21 (Sembawang Control)
and
e) Communicate with Sembawang Control on VHF Channel 21 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

VAT increase from 1 April
Wednesday, March 28, 2018, South Africa

[South Africa’s] National Treasury announced an increase in the Value Added Tax (VAT) from 14% to 15%, effective 1 April 2018.

Please be advised that all tariffs including terminal handling charges, miscellaneous charges and storage charges, are subject to VAT and will be automatically adjusted with effect on 1 April 2018.

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

Source: Transnet Port Terminals letter – March 2018

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