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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

* Worldwide – World Holidays: 22 January-4 February 2012

* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Marine Works in Kai Tak Approach Channel

* Turkey, Turkish Straits – Accident at Bosphorus Anchorage update (21 January 2012)

DATE: January 21, 2012-COUNTRY: Worldwide-World Holidays: 22 January-4 February 2012

Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the following: Mon 23 Jan-Wed 25 Jan – Chinese New Year Thu 26 Jan – India Republic Day Thu 26 Jan – Australia Day Sat 4 Feb – Prophet Mohammed’s Birthday

DATE: January 21, 2012-COUNTRY: Hong Kong-PORT: Hong Kong-Marine Works in Kai Tak Approach Channel

For approximately 30 months, marine works involving bioremediation treatment for marine sediment, hydrographic survey, water sampling and test, embankment reinstatement and sealing of disused drainage outfalls will be carried out in Kai Tak Approach Channel and Kwun Tong Typhoon Shelter. The works in Kai Tak Approach Channel also include dredging operations. The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one grab dredger, two split hopper barges and five flat top barges. Some tugs and guard boats 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 50 metres around the grab dredger and each barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the grab dredger and barges. The hours of work will be round-the-clock. Several silt curtains, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area. Each silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow markers fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extents of the silt curtains. 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 shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.10 of 2012

DATE: January 21, 2012-COUNTRY: Turkey-PORT: Turkish Straits-Accident at Bosphorus Anchorage update (21 January 2012)

Following the collision at Bosphorus Anchorage yesterday (20 January) the M/V Kayan I has been taken to shallow waters and grounded to prevent it from sinking. The whole on the starboard side of the vessel is being mended and the vessel will remain grounded until authorities confirm she can sail. For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

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