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Canals, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on May 25, 2018 at 7:43 PM

25-May-2018
TEMPORARY ESTABLISHMENT OF SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH BUOY
Hong Kong

SUPPLY AND DELIVERY OF SAND AT TUAS VIEW EXTENSION
Singapore

COMMISSIONING OF LANDING STEPS & TEMPORARY CLOSURE OF FLOATING PONTOON
Singapore

MAINTENANCE WORKS TO CONTINUE
Kiel Canal, Germany

STORM CROSSING THE GULF, EXPECTED TO MAKE LANDFALL AFTER WEEKEND
Mississippi/Alabama, United States
Temporary establishment of scientific research buoy
Friday, May 25, 2018, Hong Kong

A scientific research buoy [has been] temporarily established to the southwest of Tai A Chau for collecting data for a period of approximately 60 months.

The particulars of the buoy are as follows:
Name: SKLMP 1
Position¨22 deg. 09.180’N / 113 deg. 53.970’E
Shape: Pillar
Colour: Yellow
Light Characteristics: Q.Y.
Top Mark: Yellow Cross
Radar Reflector: Fitted
Automatic Identification System: Fitted

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and give a wide berth to the buoy.

(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.83 of 2018

Supply and delivery of sand at Tuas View Extension
Friday, May 25, 2018, Singapore

Operations for the supply and delivery of sand are underway south of Tuas View Extension from today (25 May) until to 24 November.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.052 of 2018 dated 24 May 2018, the works are being conducted between 0700 and 1900 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1. 1 deg. 13.090’N / 103 deg. 36.898’E
2. 1 deg. 13.133’N / 103 deg. 36.898’E
3. 1 deg. 13.133’N / 103 deg. 37.359’E
4. 1 deg. 12.972’N / 103 deg. 37.359’E

Self-discharging sand carriers (SDSC) are discharging sand directly to Tuas View Extension. They will drop anchor within the designated dumping area prior to discharging sand.

Safety boats will be deployed to warn other craft in the vicinity of the working area.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear and not to 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 22 (Jurong Control);
and
e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

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

Commissioning of landing steps & temporary closure of floating pontoon
Friday, May 25, 2018, Singapore

The new Landing Steps 1 and 2 at West Coast Pier will be operational from 1000 hours on 28 May 2018.

The floating pontoon will be temporarily closed from 1200 hours on 28 May 2018 to 30 June 2018 to facilitate upgrading works.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.055 of 2018

Maintenance works to continue
Friday, May 25, 2018, Kiel Canal, Germany

The Kiel Canal Authority has advised that one big new lock chamber at Brunsbuettel will remain out of order due to ongoing maintenance works, which are expected to continue until about 1 June.

The current waiting times are:
– Kiel-Holtenau: up to 2 hours
– Brunsbüttel: up to 2 hours

(For information about operations in Germany, contact GAC Hub Agency Centre’s 24/7 Port on Demand Team at POD@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

Storm crossing the Gulf, expected to make landfall after weekend
Friday, May 25, 2018, Mississippi/Alabama, United States

Sub-Tropical Storm Alberto is currently located north of the Yucatan, and is expected to strengthen to a Tropical Storm as it continues across the Gulf. The National Weather Service (NWS) estimates it will make landfall on the Mississippi or Alabama Coast on Monday night (28 May).

The NWS is predicting massive rainfall from tomorrow (Saturday 26 May) through to Tuesday 29 May, possibly causing coastal flooding, as well as tropical storm winds from Sunday night through to Monday morning.

The following seas are forecast 1-7 NM offshore:
Saturday: 2-4 ft
Sunday: 10-13 ft
Monday: 12-14 ft
Tuesday: 9-8 ft

The NWS is currently estimating a 2-4 ft storm surge.

At present, all Gulf coast ports are still under normal operations by the US Coast Guard.

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

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