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08-May-2018
REPAIRS FOR LIGHT BEACON AT LO FU WAT
Hong Kong

MARINE SITE INVESTIGATION AT YI O, LANTAU ISLAND
Hong Kong

DRAFT RESTRICTION LIFTED AFTER DREDGING COMPLETED
Mobile, United States

SPECIAL SAFETY SUPERVISION FOR VESSELS ENTERING QINGDAO WATER AREAS
Qingdao, China

TESTING OF AUV OFF SMALL CRAFT ANCHORAGE ‘A’
Singapore
Repairs for light beacon at Lo Fu Wat
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Hong Kong

For approximately 2 months, repair works for a light beacon will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (E) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 28.134’N / 114 deg. 16.467’E
(B) 22 deg. 28.155’N / 114 deg. 16.500’E
(C) 22 deg. 28.101’N / 114 deg. 16.539’E
(D) 22 deg. 28.064’N / 114 deg. 16.481’E
(E) 22 deg. 28.091’N / 114 deg. 16.462’E

The works will be carried out by one derrick lighter. One crane boat and one tugboat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 15 metres around the 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 lighter.

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 markers 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. 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 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.72 of 2018

Marine site investigation at Yi O, Lantau Island
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Hong Kong

For approximately 2 months, marine site investigation involving drilling of boreholes will be carried out within the following works areas:

Works Area 1
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 14.241’N / 113 deg. 51.096’E
(B) 22 deg. 14.241’N / 113 deg. 51.125’E
(C) 22 deg. 14.214’N / 113 deg. 51.125’E
(D) 22 deg. 14.214’N / 113 deg. 51.096’E

Works Area 2
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (E) to (H):
(E) 22 deg. 14.105’N / 113 deg. 50.836’E
(F) 22 deg. 14.105’N / 113 deg. 50.866’E
(G) 22 deg. 14.078’N / 113 deg. 50.866’E
(H) 22 deg. 14.078’N / 113 deg. 50.836’E

A temporary working platform will be established within each works area for carrying out the works. Yellow flashing lights will be installed at the four corners of each working platform to indicate their positions. One derrick lighter, one crane boat and one tugboat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 15 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 lighter.

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.69 of 2018

Draft restriction lifted after dredging completed
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Mobile, United States

The 36ft draft restriction imposed in the Theodore Ship Channel in April due to shoaling has been lifted after the Army Corps of Engineers completed their dredging.

The previous maximum draft of 40ft has been restored for ships entering or departing the Channel.

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

Special Safety Supervision for vessels entering Qingdao water areas
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Qingdao, China

It is decided to carry out special safety supervision on vessels recently entering waters areas surrounding Qingdao.

The relevant work items are hereby notified as follows:

Implementation Period and Area
(b) From May 20th, 2018 to middle of June (the specific time will be announced separately), all foreign vessels that plan to enter into, navigate, berth and operate in the water areas controlled by Qingdao shall submit the Special Information Report to the Maritime Administration authorities, who shall conduct special inspection on the vessels in combination with the port state control.

Definition of the Water Area
The referred Qingdao Water Areas includes the waters under the administration of following MSA departments: the Qianwan Division of Qingdao MSA Bureau, the Huangdao Division, the Dagang Dvision, the Qianhai Division and the Laoshan Division

Special Security Inspection for Vessels
For vessel of non-Chinese Flag, if she will enter Qingdao water area from a Chinese domestic port, then the special security inspection will be conducted by the MSA Bureau of last Chinese domestic port; if she will enter Qingdao water area from a foreign port, then the special security inspection will be conducted by Shandong MSA Bureau.
The special security inspection should include but not limited to: Ship Security Certificate, security record, Continuous Synopsis Record, gangway control measures, control to embarkation personnel and luggage, marking and control measures to restricted areas, etc.
When conducting the special security inspection, the information of staff onboard will be checked against the security record, and the officers will check if “Low, Slow and Small Aircraft” carried onboard. The security crew’s familiarity to measures corresponding to different levels of security will also be checked. The inspection, disposal and reporting requirements of the “Low and Slow Small Aircraft” shall be in compliance with the requirements of the Special Safety Inspection of the Vessel.

Re-inspection will be conducted if any of the following occurs to the vessel:
a. Ordinary grade accident and accidents of higher level;
b. Malfunctions found in any of the main navigation equipment and anti-pollution equipment;
c. Changes of the crew information during this period.

In the event the crew information changes during the period, the re-inspection can only be conducted to the crew information.

Special Security Inspection shall be carried out in connection with PSC. If the vessel has not entered the PSC window period, it is acceptable to conduct the Special Security Inspection only. Upon the completion of the inspection, the PSC inspection report shall be issued and shall be input into the CCIS system timely.

Special Information Report
(2) Where the vessel needs to change the port of destination and sail to the controlled water areas due to the operation requirements, the Vessel Information Report Form and the Vessel Crew Information Report Form shall be submitted to the nearest Maritime Administrative authority before entering the relevant controlled water areas.
(4) For vessel of non-Chinese Flag, if she will enter Qingdao water area from a Chinese domestic port, the Vessel Information Report, the crew list, and the copy of the vessel Special Safety Inspection Report (PSC inspection report) shall be submitted to MSA Bureau of last Chinese port while handling the Port Exit Inspection formalities; if the vessel will enter Qingdao water area from a foreign port, the report should be conducted while handling the Port Entry Inspection formalities in Qingdao.
(5) Information Management of the Low, Slow and Small Aircraft Declarations. For vessel entering Qingdao water area, while submitting the Vessel Information Report, the vessel shall declare in Captain’s Declaration Column that no Low, Slow and Small Aircraft is carried on board. If there is aircraft on board, which cannot be disposed but proved the necessity to be carried, the type, model and quantity of the aircraft that the vessel carries, and relevant measures of sealing up shall be declared in the Declaration Column. The vessel must confirm that the Low, Slow and Small Aircraft will not be used at Qingdao water area.

Other Working Requirements
(2) The vessel shall secure that the Automatic Identification System (AIS) is kept open, input relevant information accurately, and keep the communication in the vessel unblocked. Those Vessels without the vessel AIS and VHF equipment or wherein those equipment are damaged shall not be permitted to enter the controlled water area of Qingdao. Where the AIS of the vessel and VHF equipment is fund to be damaged after entering the controlled water area of Qingdao, it shall be immediately reported to the MSA authorities, and the supervision instructions of the MSA authorities must be followed.
(3) Unless needed in emergency to protect safety of vessel or to save life at sea, no boats on the vessel, including manned floating tools, work boats, lifeboat rafts, rescue boats, submersible, unmanned boats, etc., will be permitted to be released in Qingdao water area during the Special Safety Supervision Period. If the boat release operation has to be conducted, the operation must be reported to MSA authorities in advance to obtain the approval.
(4) The vessel shall truthfully report the relevant information, and shall be responsible for the completeness and authenticity of the submitted documents.
(5) The MSA Authority shall strictly verify the relevant information. In the occurrence of any of the following circumstances in the vessel, on-site inspection shall be carried out, rectification shall be ordered to be made before departure:
a. Failure to handle the required Port Entry & Exit Report, or port inspection formalities;
b. Failure to conduct the required Special Security Inspection;
c. Failure to rectify the defects listed in the Vessel Special Safety Inspection Items Form but applied re-inspection;
d. Inconsistency between the crew on the vessel and the information listed in the Vessel Crew Information Report.
e. Inconsistency between the content of the Vessel Information Report and the actual situation of the vessel.

(12) The Low, Slow and Small Aircraft mentioned in this notice mainly refer to those aircrafts, which can be divided into 12 categories, such as light and ultra-light aircraft, including light and ultralight helicopters, gliders, delta wings, power delta wings, manned balloons (hot-air balloons), flying boats, paragliders, powered paragliders, unmanned aerial vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles, and balloons, etc.

(For information about operations in China contact GAC China at china@gac.com)
Source: Maritime Safety Administration, Ministry of Transport, PRC No. Hai Chuan Bo Han [2018]376

Testing of AUV off Small Craft Anchorage ‘A’
Tuesday, May 8, 2018, Singapore

From 8 May to 12 July, an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) is being tested north of Small Craft Anchorage ‘A’, within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
Point 1) 01 deg. 18.480’N / 103 deg. 58.103’E
Point 2) 01 deg. 18.566’N / 103 deg. 58.470’E
Point 3) 01 deg. 18.400’N / 103 deg. 58.518’E
Point 4) 01 deg. 18.313’N / 103 deg. 58.150’E

According to the Maritime and Port Authority’s Port Marine Notice No.044 of 2018 dated 8 May 2018, the testing is being carried out from 0800 to 1800 hours daily, on weekdays only.

A work boat will deploy and recover the AUV by crane. Seabed deployment of objects in the working area will also be carried out by the work boat.

A 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, mariners are reminded to:
a) keep well clear and not 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 12 (East Control);
and
e) communicate with East Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if required.

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

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