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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals — By on May 14, 2018 at 8:05 PM


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Melbourne, Australia


Repairs works for pier at Tap Mun
Monday, May 14, 2018, Hong Kong

For approximately 3 months, repair works for a pier [are being] 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. 27.993’N / 114 deg. 21.496’E
(B) 22 deg. 27.982’N / 114 deg. 21.411’E
(C) 22 deg. 28.057’N / 114 deg. 21.400’E
(D) 22 deg. 28.068’N / 114 deg. 21.489’E

The works [are being] carried out by two derrick lighters. One work boat and one tugboat provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 15 metres around each lighter [is] established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights are laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the lighters.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, is established within the works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud sediments. Yellow markers fitted with yellow flashing lights are laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

The hours of work [are] from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works [are being] carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of works.

Vessels engaged in the operations 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.76 of 2018

Annual review of fees and charges
Monday, May 14, 2018, Melbourne, Australia

Victoria Ports Corporation (Melbourne) (VPCM) has decided to increase wharfage fees in line with last year’s consumer price index, an increase of 1.9%.

The Governor-in-Council approved the wharfage fees increases and the decision was gazetted on 24 April 2018.

Other fees and charges in the Reference Tariff Schedule have also been increased by the consumer price index of 1.9%.

The 2018 Reference Tariff Schedule has introduced a major structural fee change in the form of a ‘site occupation charge’ (SOC) for passenger cruise ships. The charge incorporates the former berth hire fees for passenger ships and a charge pf the use the building, facilities and gangways as well as cleaning of the terminal regardless of whether the cruise ships are in transit or turnaround. The SOC has been set at $16.50 per passenger (excluding GST) for 2018.

For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at

Reclamation works at Ayer Merbau Basin
Monday, May 14, 2018, Singapore

The working period for reclamation works at Ayer Merbau has been extended. The works will now be carried out from 15 May through to 14 November.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.047 of 2018, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays and Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1. 1 deg. 16.169’N / 103 deg. 44.006’E
2. 1 deg. 15.917’N / 103 deg. 44.169’E
3. 1 deg. 15.677’N / 103 deg. 43.866’E
4. 1 deg. 15.781’N / 103 deg. 43.785’E

The reclamation works include removal of undersea de-commissioned cables, debris and existing rock devetment, dredging, sand filling and shore protection.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft of the project.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, marines 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 68 (West Control)
e) communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.
For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at

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