HOT PORT NEWS from GAC


Working area for smart navigation system tests & manoeuvres
Thursday, October 22, 2020, Singapore

Smart navigation tests and manoeuvres will be conducted off Raffles Reserved Anchorage (ARAFR) from 26 to 27 October.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.073 of 2020, the works will be carried out from 1000 to 1600 hours daily within the area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01˚ 11.364’N / 103˚ 46.801’E
2) 01˚ 10.735’N / 103˚ 47.222’E
3) 01˚ 09.704’N / 103˚ 45.433’E
4) 01˚ 10.352’N / 103˚ 45.015’E

Craft involved in the works will conduct smart navigation system tests and manoeuvres in the working area.

The activities will be suspended during the movements of Very Large Crude Carriers to SHELL Single Buoy Mooring.

A safety boat 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 comply with COLREGs;
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);
and
e) Communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore at [email protected]

Cessation of Force Majeure
Thursday, October 22, 2020, Mundra & Tuna, India

Adani Ports and Logistics has announced that the Force Majeure invoked on 24 March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic at Mundra and Tuna has been ceased.

This follows various unlock guidelines issued by Indian Ministry of Home Affairs as well as the respective State Government.

For information about operations in India, contact GAC India at [email protected]

Trial deployment of artificial reef in Brothers Marine Park
Thursday, October 22, 2020, Hong Kong

For approximately 3 months, trial deployment of one artificial reef will be temporarily established on the seabed in the following location (WGS 84 Datum): 22° 19.881’N / 113° 59.014’E.

The artificial reef is cubical in shape with a height of about 6.3 metres and a base of about 4.2 metres by 4.2 metres. There will be a vertical clearance of about 4.5 metres from top of the artificial reef to sea level. A yellow marker buoy fitted with yellow flashing light will be laid to mark the position of the artificial reef.

The works for the trial deployment will be carried out by one crane barge and one flat top barge. Two tugboats will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around each barge will be established. Yellow markers buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from each barge.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours from Monday to Saturday. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the above location outside the hours of work.

Diving operations for checking the artificial reef will be carried out from time to time during 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 and keep clear of the works area at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the location.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong, contact GAC Hong Kong at [email protected])

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.146/2020

Coral survey at Yi O, Lantau Island
Thursday, October 22, 2020, Hong Kong

For approximately 2 weeks, coral survey involving diving operations will be carried out in 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) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22° 14.196’N / 113° 51.159’E
(B) 22° 14.249’N / 113° 51.055’E
(C) 22° 14.259’N / 113° 51.062’E
(D) 22° 14.204’N / 113° 51.156’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° 14.096’N / 113° 50.868’E
(F) 22° 14.023’N / 113° 50.951’E
(G) 22° 13.998’N / 113° 50.925’E
(H) 22° 14.070’N / 113° 50.842’E

The works will be carried out by one work boat. A working area of approximately 10 metres around the work boat will be established.

The hours of work will be from 0900 to 1700 hours. No works will be carried out on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. Vessel employed for the works will not stay in the works areas outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work.

Vessel engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear of the works areas at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the works areas.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong, contact GAC Hong Kong at [email protected])

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.147/2020

Strike withdrawn
Thursday, October 22, 2020, Bangladesh

The nationwide cargo lighter barge workers’ strike which has been hampering discharging has been withdrawn.

For information about operations in Bangladesh, contact GAC-Uniglobal Bangladesh at [email protected]

Yacht race cancelled
Thursday, October 22, 2020, Bosphorus, Turkey

According to VTS information, the Visa Bosphorus Regatta Yacht scheduled for Saturday (24 October) has been cancelled.

For information about operations in the Bosphorus, contact GAC Istanbul at [email protected]

Source: GAC



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