HOT PORT NEWS from GAC


Marine Works at North Point
Thursday, November 5, 2020, Hong Kong

For approximately 12 months, marine works involving construction of seawall and rectification works underneath the Island Eastern Corridor will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (G) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22° 17.283’N / 114° 11.331’E
(B) 22° 17.295’N / 114° 11.316’E
(C) 22° 17.409’N / 114° 11.426’E
(D) 22° 17.491’N / 114° 11.519’E
(E) 22° 17.584’N / 114° 11.649’E
(F) 22° 17.626’N / 114° 11.765’E
(G) 22° 17.565’N / 114° 11.782’E

The works will be carried out by one dumb lighter and one work boat. One tugboat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 30 metres around the lighter will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the lighter.

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 outside 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.

(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.149/2020

Around the Island Yacht Race
Thursday, November 5, 2020, Hong Kong

A large-scale yacht race will take place around Hong Kong Island on 8 November 2020 (Sunday). About 250 yachts are expected to participate in the race.

The yachts will set off at staggered times between 0825 hours and 1100 hours off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, then sail around Hong Kong Island in a clockwise direction, and finish the race at Causeway Bay by 1800 hours.

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the race route should proceed with caution, giving practical consideration to the contestants. Compliance with the provisions of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 is mandatory.

(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.150/2020

Dredging at Urmston Road
Thursday, November 5, 2020, Hong Kong

For approximately 3 months, dredging operations will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22° 25.924’N / 113° 52.897’E
(B) 22° 25.924’N / 113° 53.027’E
(C) 22° 25.478’N / 113° 53.027’E
(D) 22° 25.478’N / 113° 52.897’E

The works will be carried out by one grab dredger. Three split hopper barges and four tugboats will provide assistance. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 150 metres around the dredger will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights and radar reflectors will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the dredger.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established beside the grab dredger. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

The hours of work will be carried out round-the-clock.

Vessels engaged in the operations 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 [email protected])

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.151/2020

Updated list of exempt countries
Thursday, November 5, 2020, Pakistan

The Pakistan authorities have revised its list of countries exempted from mandatory COVID-19 testing.

The list now has 22 countries, down from the previous 30, and takes effect from tomorrow, Friday 6 November.

The exempted countries will be:

Australia
China
Cuba
Estonia
Ghana
Japan
Kazakhstan
Malawi
New Zealand
Norway
Rwanda
S. Korea
Saudi Arabia
Senegal
Singapore
Sri Lanka
Thailand
Togo
Turkey
Uruguay
Vietnam
Zambia
The list is updated on a fortnightly basis by the Ministry National Health Services, Regulation and Coordination based on disease burden of COVID-19.

Details can be found at http://covid.gov.pk/intl_travellers/current_policies

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Pakistan, contact GAC Pakistan at [email protected]

New crew change regulations
Thursday, November 5, 2020, Japan

New regulations for crew changes in Japan came into effect from 1 November, as follows:

ON-SIGNERS

Crew who board a vessel at a Japanese port must take test to confirm they are negative for COVID-19 in the 72 hours prior to departing from their original country.
“Certificate of Testing for COVID-19” must be completed and certified by doctor (completed certificate to also be provided agent by email, once available).
Arriving passenger must have original hard copy of this document upon arrival at airport, to be submitted to the Quarantine Office at the airport.
Arriving passenger will be tested for COVID-19 upon arrival and to be released 3-4 hours later (if test result is negative).

OFF-SIGNERS

Off-signers can disembark from their vessel only if the vessel has passed 14 days after departing from last port. Shore pass will not be issued if there is any intermediate call or crew change with rendezvous.
Crew landing may be refused if any crew onboard are suspected to have COVID-19, even if more than 14 days has passed.
Use of public transportation (domestic air/train/bus etc) by crew is prohibited. They may only be transported by agent driving a car.

With effect from 1 November, the below countries have been excluded from the 14 days regulation:
Australia
New Zealand
Taiwan
China
Korea
Thailand
Brunei
Singapore
Vietnam

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

Source: GAC



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