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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on April 30, 2018 at 8:52 PM

30-Apr-2018
INCREASE IN BOOKING SLOTS FOR NEOPANAMAX VESSELS
Panama Canal, Panama

WATER SAFETY DAY
Hong Kong

ESTABLISHMENT OF SILT CURTAIN FOR DREDGING
Hong Kong

Increase in booking slots for Neopanamax Vessels
Monday, April 30, 2018, Panama Canal, Panama

The Panama Canal Authority announces an increase in the number of booking slots available for Neopanamax vessels.

Effective May 7, 2018, one (1) additional booking slot will be offered to interested vessels (except LNG carriers), provided that the vessel to be awarded a booking slot for a particular date, meets the following criteria:

Full container vessel with a length overall (LOA) of less than 320.0 meters (1,050 feet), beam less than 41.15 meters (135 feet), and deep draft less than 13.72 meters (45 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW);
Any vessel assigned a precaution designator of PD-1 or PD-2 (excluding full container vessels) with a beam of 36.58 meters (120 feet) or less, or with a length overall (LOA) of 259.08 meters (850 feet) or less.
Any other vessel type with a length overall (LOA) of less than 304.8 meters (1,000 feet), a beam of less than 41.15 meters (135 feet), and a deep draft of less than 13.72 meters (45 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW).
This additional slot will be made available during the second booking period…

…Neopanamax vessels that have been awarded reservations for alternate dates due to unavailability of slots for the desired dates, will be allowed to change to these dates without being assessed a cancellation fee, provided that the slots for the alternate dates were awarded prior to the slots for the original dates becoming available, and that the vessels had previously requested a booking for those particular dates, but were rejected due to the unavailability of slots.

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

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No. A-10-2018

Water Safety Day
Monday, April 30, 2018, Hong Kong

The Water Safety Day will be conducted from 0800 hours to 1330 hours on 1 May 2018 (Tuesday) at Repulse Bay and South Bay. About 2,500 swimmers are expected to participate in a 3000-metrer swimming session.

The event will take place at Repulse Bay and South Bay with the seaward boundaries delineated by straight line joining the following positions”
(A) the west end of Tau Chai
(B) the east end of Middle Island

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep well clear of the above 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.64 of 2018

Establishment of silt curtain for dredging
Monday, April 30, 2018, Hong Kong

For approximately one month, marine works involving establishment of a silt curtain for dredging operation works at West Kowloon Cultural District will be carried out in an area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 18.047’N / 114 deg. 09.901’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.010’N / 114 deg. 09.906’E
(C) 22 deg. 18.000’N / 114 deg. 09.822’E
(D) 22 deg. 18.037’N / 114 deg. 09.817’E

The silt curtain will extend vertically from the sea surface to the seabed. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid along the surface of the silt curtain to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

The works will be carried out by a derrick lighter. One tugboat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 30 metres around the derrick lighter will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the derrick lighter.

The hours of works will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of works.

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.65 of 2018

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