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HOT PORT NEWS from GAC-
Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – New Year Countdown Celebration
* Australia, Withnell Bay – Increase of towage fee
* Trinidad & Tobago, all ports – Christmas holiday in Trinidad & Tobago

DATE: December 23, 2011-COUNTRY: Hong Kong-PORT: Hong Kong-New Year Countdown Celebration

The Hong Kong’s New Year Countdown Celebration and pyrotechnic display will
be held around midnight on the New Year’s Eve, 31 December 2011.
Pyrotechnics will be discharged from the Two International Finance Centre
and from 9 buildings on Hong Kong Island.

It is anticipated that a large number of spectator vessels will gather in
the Central Harbour to join the countdown and view the pyrotechnic display.
Two viewing areas will be established on both sides of the Central Fairway
during the period of the Countdown Celebration and pyrotechnic display.
Spectator vessels shall remain in the viewing areas and shall avoid
impeding the safe passage of vessels navigating in the Fairway. Details of
the viewing areas are as follows:

Viewing Area 1
– will be established to the west of the Ocean Terminal. This area is
bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84
Datum):
(A) 22∘ 17.840’N / 114∘ 09.440’E
(B) 22∘ 17.840’N / 114∘ 09.830’E
(C) 22∘ 17.560’N / 114∘ 09.830’E
(D) 22∘ 17.660’N / 114∘ 09.440’E

Viewing Area 2
– will be established to the east of the Central Ferry Piers. This area is
bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84
Datum):
(E) 22∘ 17.300’N / 114∘ 09.830’E
(F) 22∘ 17.250’N / 114∘ 10.180’E
(G) 22∘ 17.140’N / 114∘ 10.180’E
(H) 22∘ 17.140’N / 114∘ 09.830’E

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

Marine Department and Marine Police launches will regulate marine traffic
in the Central Harbour. These launches will display either a flashing red
or flashing blue light. Masters and coxswains should follow the directions
given by officers on these launches.

Masters, coxswains, owners and operators of spectator vessels intending to
use the Kowloon Public Pier (KPP) for disembarkation of passengers after
the Countdown Celebration and pyrotechnic display should pay special
attention to the marine traffic control measures at the Pier.

To ensure safe navigation and orderly disembarkation of passengers after
the Countdown Celebration, a Buffer Zone will be established at the water
area fronting the KPP to a distance of about 90 metres offshore. The Buffer
Zone will be physically marked by Marine Department launches stationing in
the vicinity.

Vessels intending to disembark passengers at KPP are required to wait at
the waiting area prior to berthing and follow the directions given by
Marine Department and/or Marine Police officers on the spot. Vessels shall
use the KPP No. 1, 2, 3 and 4 landing steps to disembark their passengers
and will only be permitted to enter the Buffer Zone from the east and
depart from the west.

(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.150 of 2011

DATE: December 23, 2011-COUNTRY: Australia-PORT: Withnell Bay-Increase of towage fee

Riverwijs have advised towage services for Karratha Gas Plant at Withnell
Bay will increase with effect from 1 January, 2012.

The towage service fee will increase from A$73, 864 to A$80, 000.

This is a fixed rate for four tugs as required for all movements in and out
of the terminal.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at
shipping.australia@gac.com

DATE: December 23, 2011-COUNTRY: Trinidad & Tobago-PORT: all ports-Christmas holiday in Trinidad & Tobago

The GAC Energy & Marine Services (GEMS) Trinidad & Tobago office will
closed for the Christmas holiday from 14:00 today (Friday 23 December) and
reopen at 08:00 on Wednesday 28 December.

Messages will be monitored and addressed during this period. If you require
urgent attention, contact any of the below:

Nigel Jaisingh
Operations Executive
Cell no.: 868 350 9929
Email:  nigel.jaisingh@gac.com or Trinidad@gac.com

Lisa Kawal-Mohammed
Operations Executive
Cell no.: 868 330 8904
Email: lisa.kawalmohammed@gac.com or Trinidad@gac.com

Tracy Khanhi
Boarding Officer
Cell no.: 868 334 4020
Email:  tracy.khanhi@gac.com or Trinidad@gac.com

Gobind Kukreja
Managing Director
Cell no.: 868 729 7245
Email:  gobind.kukreja@gac.com or Trinidad@gac.com

For information about operations in Trinidad & Tobago contact GEMS Trinidad
& Tobago at trinidad@gac.com

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