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07-May-2018

TYPHOON SEASON
Hong Kong

TEMPORARY ARRANGEMENT OF TUNG CHUNG BUOYED CHANNEL
Hong Kong
Typhoon Season
Monday, May 7, 2018, Hong Kong

Owners, agents and charterers are requested to remind their ship masters of the need to take precautionary measures during the approach of tropical cyclones.

Owners, agents and charterers are requested to remind their ship masters of the need to take precautionary measures during the approach of tropical cyclones.

Masters, owners, agents and persons in control of vessels are also reminded of their obligation to comply with any direction issued by the Director of Marine concerning the safe operation of vessels and the port, or in relation to any matter which the Director may give directions under the Laws of Hong Kong.

When a tropical cyclone warning is issued by the Hong Kong Observatory, every vessel which is moored to the following government mooring buoys shall clear anchors and cables and prepare the main propulsion machinery to full power condition and such vessel shall, if so directed by the Director, leave the mooring buoy:

“A” mooring
A29, A38, A73, A74, A77, A78

“B” mooring
B02, B30

Other details of government mooring buoys can be obtained at Marine Department’s website (http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/pub_services/ocean/moot.html).

The master of a ship moored to a government mooring buoy may, at his discretion, drop a bow anchor under foot to lessen the tendency to sheer. This should not impair the efficiency of the mooring, although an anchor should not be used during normal weather conditions.

Masters are reminded that every vessel within the waters of Hong Kong must maintain a continuous listening watch on the VHF radio channel appropriate to the VHF sector in which the vessel is located, or another VHF channel as may be specified by the Vessel Traffic Centre (call sign “MARDEP”). The Centre will broadcast tropical cyclone information from time to time when the tropical cyclone warning signals have been issued. Masters should also listen to local radio broadcasts for weather advisory information bulletins.

An inadequately manned vessel during the passage of a tropical cyclone not only places itself at risk but also endangers the port and other vessels. The attention of masters, owners, agents and charterers of vessels is therefore drawn that sufficient number of qualified crew capable to carry out all duties to ensure the safety of the ship having regard to the pertaining circumstances shall be maintained on board at all times during the passage of a tropical cyclone. Further information on minimum safe manning levels on ships while in the waters of Hong Kong can be found in Marine Department website (http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/pub_services/proc.html).

(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.68 of 2018

Temporary arrangement of Tung Chung buoyed channel
Monday, May 7, 2018, Hong Kong

Until further notice, the width and alignment of a section of the buoyed channel between the pairs of buoys TC4 and Weather 8; TC5 and TC6 will be reduced and shifted northwestwards respectively to facilitate the marine works for Tung Chung New Town Extension project.

 

The realigned channel, which is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum), with the names of light buoys shown in the right column:
(A) 22 deg. 18.580’N / 113 deg. 57.511’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.503’N / 113 deg. 57.593’E (MB 1)
(C) 22 deg. 18.320’N / 113 deg. 57.278’E (TC 4)
(D) 22 deg. 18.148’N / 113 deg. 57.104’E (MB 2)
(E) 22 deg. 17.976’N / 113 deg. 56.930’E (TC 6)
(F) 22 deg. 18.017’N / 113 deg. 56.883’E (TC 5)
(G) 22 deg. 18.361’N / 113 deg. 57.232’E (Weather 8)Details of the temporary light buoys marking the realigned channel are:Name: MB 1
Position (WGS 84 Datum) : 22 deg. 18.503’N / 113 deg. 57.593’E
Shape: Pillar
Colour: Yellow
Light Characteristics: Q.Y
Top Mark : Yellow Cross

Name: TC 4
Position (WGS 84 Datum): 22 deg. 18.320’N / 113 deg. 57.278’E
Shape: Can
Colour: Red
Light Characteristics: Fl(2)R.10s

Name: MB 2
Position (WGS 84 Datum): 22 deg. 18.148’N / 113 deg. 57.104’E
Shape: Pillar
Colour: Yellow
Light Characteristics: Q.Y
Top Mark: Yellow Cross

Name: TC 6
Position (WGS 84 Datum): 22 deg. 17.976’N / 113 deg. 56.930’E
Shape: Can
Colour: Red
Light Characteristics: Fl(3)R.10s

Name: TC 5
Position (WGS 84 Datum): 22 deg. 18.017’N / 113 deg. 56.883’E
Shape: Conical
Colour: Green
Light Characteristics: Fl(3)G.10s

Name: Weather 8
Position (WGS 84 Datum): 22 deg. 18.361’N / 113 deg. 57.232’E
Shape: Pillar
Colour: Yellow
Light Characteristics: Fl(2)Y.6s
Radar Reflector: Fitted
Top Mark: Yellow Cross

The width of the realigned channel is about 110 metres.

Guard boats will be stationed at both ends of the realigned channel to give necessary guidance to the vessels using this channel. Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and follow the guidance given by the guard boats on scene.

(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.70 of 2018

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