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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Worldwide – Marine Site Investigation and Deep Cement Mixing Trial
* Worldwide – Notice of Temporary Deviation
* Worldwide – Marcus Hook Range Dredging Operations
* Hong Kong, all ports – Removal of Underwater High Spots

DATE: December 30, 2011-COUNTRY: Worldwide-Marine Site Investigation and Deep Cement Mixing Trial

With effect from 1 January 2012 and for a period of approximately ten weeks, marine site investigation and deep cement mixing trial works involving drilling of boreholes will be carried out at the following works
location (WGS 84 Datum):

22„a 19.456¡¦N 113„a 54.463¡¦E

2. One high-tower special purpose drilling barge, one flat top barge, one derrick lighter and one platform will carry out the works. The number of vessels deployed for the works will change from time to time to suit
operational requirements. Two tugs and four guard boats will provide assistance.

3. A working area of approximately 50 metres around the barges and derrick 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 barges and derrick lighter.

4. A working area of approximately 25 metres will be established around the platform. Yellow flashing lights, one at each corner of the platform, will be established to indicate the position of the platform.

5. The hours of works will be round-the-clock. The working hours for the drilling barge will be limited between 0130 and 0730 hours to suit operational requirements of the Hong Kong International Airport. During the works period, the drilling barge will be towed between the works location and Sham Shui Kok Anchorage No.1.

6. The works may temporarily reduce the depth of water at the works location. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the position of the works location when unattended by working vessels.

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

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

9. Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there may be reduction in depth of water and divers working at the works location.

10. A drawing showing the works location is attached to this Notice.
Source: Marine Department Government of the HKSAR

DATE: December 30, 2011-COUNTRY: Worldwide-Notice of Temporary Deviation

The Commander, Fifth Coast Guard District has issued a Notice of Temporary Deviation from the Regulations governing the operation of the Burlington-Bristol (Route 413) Bridge, across the Delaware River, mile 117.8, between the townships of Burlington, NJ and Bristol, PA.  The deviation restricts the operation of the draw span in order to facilitate the replacement of the lift cables.

Under this temporary deviation, beginning 7 a.m. on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 and ending at 3 p.m. on Friday, January 20, 2012, the cable replacement will restrict the operation of the draw span on the following dates and times:

Closed-to-navigation each of the following days from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.: December 27–29, 2011; January 3–6, 2012; January 9–13, 2012; and January16–20, 2012; except vessel openings will be provided with at least eight hours advance notice given to the bridge operator at (856) 829–3002 or via marine radio on Channel 13.  Vessels that can pass under the bridge without a bridge opening may do so at all times.  There are no alternate routes for vessels transiting this section of the Delaware River.

There are approximately four to six vessels per week from four facilities whose vertical clearances exceed the closed bridge position, requiring an opening of the draw span.  The Coast Guard has coordinated this replacement work with the Mariners Advisory Committee for Bay & River Delaware, and will inform the other users of the waterway through our Local and Broadcast Notices to Mariners of the closure periods for the bridge so that vessels can arrange their transits to minimize any impact caused by the temporary
deviation.  The bridge will not be able to open in an emergency due to the lift cables being removed.

This deviation is effective 7 a.m. December 27, 2011, until 3 p.m. January 20, 2012.

The entire Notice is available on the Maritime Exchange Coast Guard web page.
Source: Maritime Exhange Coast Guard

DATE: December 30, 2011-COUNTRY: Worldwide-Marcus Hook Range Dredging Operations

The U.S. Coast Guard has established a safety zone within Marcus Hook Range in the Delaware River around the Dredge ESSEX beginning at 12:01 a.m. on December 27th, 2011 until further notice.  During this time the Dredge ESSEX will be operating within the upriver portion of Marcus Hook Range, north of the Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery.  Vessels requesting to transit Marcus Hook Range shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on channel 13 or 16 VHF, 30 minutes prior to arrival.  Vessels shall then transit around the dredge project, utilizing the upriver portion of the Marcus Hook Anchorage above Sunoco Marcus Hook Refinery, while operating at the minimum safe speed necessary to maintain steerage and reduce wake.

During this time period the upper portion of the anchorage shall be closed with the exception of transiting traffic.  Vessels desiring to anchor within the downriver portion of Marcus Hook Anchorage must obtain
permission from the Captain of the Port at least 24 hours in advance, at (215) 271-4807.  The COTP will permit one vessel at a time in Marcus Hook Anchorage on a “first-come, first-serve” basis. Vessels will not be permitted to occupy the anchorage beyond 24 hours.  Vessels are encouraged to use Mantua Creek Anchorage (Anchorage #9) and Deepwater Point Anchorage (Anchorage #6) as alternatives.

The operator of any vessel in the safety zone shall proceed as directed by the designated representative of the Captain of the Port and shall contact the Dredge ESSEX on channel 13 or 16 VHF, for passing information.

Source: Maritime Exchange for the Delaware River and Bay

DATE: December 30, 2011-COUNTRY: Hong Kong-PORT: all ports-Removal of Underwater High Spots

With effect from 10 January 2012 and for a period of approximately 8 days, marine works involving removal of underwater high spots will be carried out in the areas bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

Area 1: This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22„a 22.048¡¦N 113„a 55.494¡¦E
(B) 22„a 21.983¡¦N 113„a 55.546¡¦E
(C) 22„a 21.854¡¦N 113„a 55.359¡¦E
(D) 22„a 21.919¡¦N 113„a 55.307¡¦E

Area 2: This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (E) to (H):
(E) 22„a 21.612¡¦N 113„a 54.863¡¦E
(F) 22„a 21.547¡¦N 113„a 54.915¡¦E
(G) 22„a 21.498¡¦N 113„a 54.845¡¦E
(H) 22„a 21.564¡¦N 113„a 54.793¡¦E

2. The works will be carried out by one derrick lighter. One tug and four guard boats will provide assistance.

3. A working area of approximately 50 metres around the derrick 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
derrick lighter.

4. The hours of works will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. The vessels employed for the works will not stay in the works areas outside the hours of works.

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

6. Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

7. A drawing showing the works areas is attached to this Notice.
Source: Marine Department Government of the HKSAR

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