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Suez Canal, Egypt

Drilling and blasting works in Temasek Fairway
Monday, July 16, 2018, Singapore

From today (16 July 2018) to 15 January 2019, drilling and blasting works are being carried out in Temasek Fairway.

According to the Port and Maritime Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.074 of 2018, the works are being conducted within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1. 01 deg. 15.706’N / 103 deg. 38.779’E
2. 01 deg. 15.440’N / 103 deg. 38.871’E
3. 01 deg. 15.160’N / 103 deg. 39.130’E
4. 01 deg. 14.633’N / 103 deg. 39.342’E
5. 01 deg. 14.096’N / 103 deg. 39.412’E
6. 01 deg. 13.759’N / 103 deg. 39.500’E
7. 01 deg. 14.548’N / 103 deg. 39.133’E
8. 01 deg. 15.440’N / 103 deg. 38.709’E
9. 01 deg. 15.705’N / 103 deg. 38.709’E

Blasting works will be conducted from Mondays to Saturdays and will only be conducted on Sundays and Public Holidays with prior approval by the relevant Authorities.

The blasting works will be conducted within the specified blast window periods stated below:
1. Blast window 1: 0800hrs-1000hrs
2. Blast window 2: 1200hrs-1400hrs
3. Blast window 3: 1700hrs-1830hrs

Drilling works will be conducted 24 hours daily, including Sundays and public holidays.

Dredging work will be carried out by dredgers, supported by hopper barges and tugs. A safety boat will be deployed to warn other craft in the vicinity of the working areas.

There will be drilling and blasting works in the working area. Column charges will be used to perform the blasting. All vessels in the vicinity of the blasting area shall maintain a safety distance according to the below:

Project vessels, pontoons
– Length: <4m
– Safety Distance: 100m

Other vessels, dredgers and pontoons
– Length: <10m
– Safety Distance: 200m

Other vessels
– Length: >10m
– Safety Distance: 450m

All diving activities within 1000m from the blast area are to be suspended during the blast window periods.

Safety boats will be deployed to warn other craft in the vicinity to ensure that the safety distances are observed.

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

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners 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 22 (Jurong Control)
e) communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Control 22 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at

Dredging in Shing Mun River Channel, Sha Tin
Monday, July 16, 2018, Hong Kong

For approximately 6 months, marine works involving dredging operations will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (H) and the adjacent shorelines:
(A) 22 deg. 23.673’N / 114 deg. 12.420’E
(B) 22 deg. 23.724’N / 114 deg. 12.359’E
(C) 22 deg. 23.764’N / 114 deg. 12.397’E
(D) 22 deg. 23.780’N / 114 deg. 12.378’E
(E) 22 deg. 23.861’N / 114 deg. 12.455’E
(F) 22 deg. 23.845’N / 114 deg. 12.475’E
(G) 22 deg. 23.967’N / 114 deg. 12.591’E
(H) 22 deg. 23.915’N / 114 deg. 12.654’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one derrick lighter, two hopper barges, two bucket pontoons, one backhoe pontoon, two tugboats and one work boat. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

The dredged material will be conveyed to a derrick lighter anchored within a trans-shipment area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (I) to (L):
(I) 22 deg. 24.941’N / 114 deg. 13.151’E
(J) 22 deg. 24.905’N / 114 deg. 13.194’E
(K) 22 deg. 24.864’N / 114 deg. 13.156’E
(L) 22 deg. 24.901’N / 114 deg. 13.112’E

A working area of approximately 15 metres around each working vessel will be established in the works area and the trans-shipment area. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from these vessels.

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 and the trans-shipment area outside the hours of work.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established around the backhoe pontoon. 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.

Vessels engaged in the works 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

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.111 of 2018

Bulk vessel grounded
Monday, July 16, 2018, Suez Canal, Egypt

A 39,929 DWT bulk ship with a draft of about 12.2 metres was grounded at 153 km during its transit of the Suez Canal at about 0430 hours local time today (16 July). The vessels was 24th in the southbound convoy of 27.

Suez Canal tugs were deployed immediately but are still trying to float the vessel from her grounded location. No information about damages are currently available.

As a result of the grounding, today’s Northbound convoy (19 ships) has still not been instructed to enter the Canal. The Southbound convoy of 18 ships isalready in the Canal and has been instructed to wait at Great Bitter Lakes for clearance. Delays are expected for tomorrow in both the Southbound and Northbound convoys.

Today’s grounding follows another yesterday (15 July) when a 63,059 DWT container ship grounded during its transit at about 1830 hours local time. It was 20th in the Southbound Convoy of 27 vessels. Suez Canal tugs towed the vessel to Suez outer anchorage at 01.36 hours local time today (16 July) and the Canal was cleared. Some of southbound ships that had been behind the grounded vessel cleared the Canal. Only four were detained and resumed their transit at 0300 hours today.

For information about operations in the Suez Canal contact GAC Egypt at

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