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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on April 19, 2018 at 8:45 PM


Port Kembla, Australia

Hong Kong

Bosphorus, Turkey

National Sovereignty and Children’s Day
Thursday, April 19, 2018, Turkey

Official institutions, banks and offices in Turkey will be closed on Monday 23 April due to National Sovereignty and Children’s Day.

Some ports may be closed on the public holiday and charges for official services (pilotage, towage, mooring, customs) increased by 50%, so you are encouraged to check with GAC Turkey prior to calling at any Turkish port.

Vessels at Turkish ports are urged to make all of their arrangements for crew, spare, provisions, soonest to allow time for them to be cleared and delivered in time.

GAC Turkey will be on duty during the holiday.

For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at

Restricted service at coal terminal
Thursday, April 19, 2018, Port Kembla, Australia

Due to the commissioning of a newly installed reclaimer, there will be restricted service at Port Kembla Coal Terminal (PKCT) until 11 May.

The terminal is currently under maintenance shut-down until 1900 hours local time on Saturday 21 April. When the terminal resumes operations, the newly installed reclaimer will be commissioned with following restrictions from 21 April to 11 May:
– Vessels will be loaded by RC3 only between the hours of 6am to 8pm from Monday through Saturday.
– No use of RC3 loading outside of these hours.
– No use of RC1 during or outside of these hours.

The need to load vessels outside of the above strategy will be considered by exception only and will only occur upon approval by the Operations Manager. Such decision will be made taking into consideration commissioning progress and potential impacts to our customers like demurrage, stockyard capacity etc. PKCT will continue to stay engaged with its customers to minimise operational impacts to our customers and we have encouraged customers to discuss with PKCT Operations Planning where issues arise.

For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at

Marine works at south-western corner of Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter
Thursday, April 19, 2018, Hong Kong

For approximately 1 month, marine works involving removal of temporary reclamation will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (C) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 16.996’N / 114 deg. 10.987’E
(B) 22 deg. 16.979’N / 114 deg. 11.012’E
(C) 22 deg. 16.943’N / 114 deg. 10.983’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including four dumb lighters, three tugboats and one guard boat. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 15 metres around each lighter will be established. Yellow marker buoys will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the 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. 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

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.55 of 2018

Fog halts traffic
Thursday, April 19, 2018, Bosphorus, Turkey

Vessel traffic in the Bosphorus was suspended at 06.43 hours local time today (19 April), due due to dense fog.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits, contact GAC Istanbul at

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