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24-Dec-2018

EXERCISING SAFETY AND VIGILANCE DURING FESTIVE SEASONS
Singapore

REMOVAL OF WRECK
Hong Kong

GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY AT PING CHAU
Hong Kong

PORT OPENED AFTER TSUNAMI
Merak, Indonesia

Exercising safety and vigilance during festive seasons
Monday, December 24, 2018, Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has reminded the shipping and port community of the importance of exercising extra caution, navigational prudence and best practices during festive seasons.

In its Port Marine Notice No.132 of 2018, the Authority notes that festive seasons are times of increased traffic and passenger ridership in the port of Singapore, so the shipping and port community are encouraged to observe the following:
a) Exercise caution and due diligence when operating at sea;
b) Observe safe navigation practices;
c) Conduct risk assessment prior to commencement of activities. Don appropriate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) (i.e. safety helmets, goggles, gloves, shoes, harnesses, etc) where applicable;
d) Place emphasis on donning of lifejackets when working near or over the ship side and when conducting transfers between vessels;
e) Strict adherence to company’s and/or shipboard drug and alcohol policies; and
f) Strict adherence to Singapore Port Regulations and the International Regulation for the Prevention of Collision at Sea (COLREGS).

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

Removal of wreck
Monday, December 24, 2018, Hong Kong

For approximately 2 months, a wreck removal operation [is being] carried out [off Tuen Mun Typhoon Shelter, Tuen Mun] within the works area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to(D):
(A) 22 deg. 22.205’N, 113 deg. 58.170’E
(B) 22 deg. 22.211’N, 113 deg. 58.483’E
(C) 22 deg. 21.881’N, 113 deg. 58.602’E
(D) 22 deg. 21.881’N, 113 deg. 58.170’E

The works [are being] carried out from 0700 hours to 1900 hours daily by three heavy crane vessels with the assistance of some tugs and work boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works change from time to time to suit the operational requirements.

Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of anchors extending from the working craft.

Vessels engaged in the works will remain in the works area and display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep well clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there may be divers working in the area.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No. 193 of 2018

Geophysical survey at Ping Chau
Monday, December 24, 2018, Hong Kong

For approximately 2 months, geophysical survey [is being] carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 33 356’N, 114 deg. 25.704’E
(B) 22 deg. 32.572’N, 114 deg. 26.856’E
(C) 22 deg. 31.893’N, 114 deg. 26.319’E
(D) 22 deg. 32.678’N, 114 deg. 25.169’E

The geophysical survey [is being] carried out by a survey vessel travelling at a speed of about 2 to 3 knots as well as towing a side scan sensor approximately 5 metres astern of the vessel.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessel employed for the works will not stay in the works areas outside the hours of work.

Vessel engaged in the survey 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 Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No. 194 of 2018

Port opened after tsunami
Monday, December 24, 2018, Merak, Indonesia

The port of Merak has reopened after a tsunami was triggered by a combination of underwater landslides caused by the eruption of Mount Krakatoa and an abnormal tidal surge due to a new moon.

Dozens of buildings were destroyed, at least 222 people died, 843 were injured and 28 are missing after the wave hit coastal areas of South Sumatra and the western tip of Java at 21.30 hours local time on Saturday 22 December. The worst affected area was the Pandeglang region of Banten province in Java.

The port of Merak opened at 0700 hours local time this morning (24 December). No change to draft restrictions at its two terminals, approach channels or anchorage is reported. However, vessels should be alert to the possibility of floating materials around the terminals.

A high-tide warning remains in place through to 25 December. Authorities warn residents and tourists in coastal areas around the Sunda Strait to stay away from beaches.

Bad weather and high waves of 2.5-4 metres are expected in the area until Friday (28 December).

At the port of Banten, all activity has been stopped (stand-by) until further notice from the authority.

For information about operations at Indonesian ports contact PT Andhika GAC Indonesia at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

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