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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about: * Singapore, Singapore – Dredging off Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal

* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Submarine Outfall Inspection and Repair Works

* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Establishment of a Silt Curtain

* Turkey, Turkish Straits – Snow and gale/near gale conditions forecast

DATE: January 30, 2012 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Singapore Dredging off Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal – From 30 January until 29 July, dredging works are being conducted off Pasir Panjang Ferry Terminal.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.10 of 2012, the works will be carried out from 0100 to 0530 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working areas bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum): 1) 1° 16.074’N / 103° 47.683’E 2) 1° 16.019’N / 103° 47.774’E 3) 1° 15.948’N / 103° 47.768’E 4) 1° 16.030’N / 103° 47.694’E

Dredging works will be carried out by the dredgers “Ebisu”, “Musashi” and “Hitachi”. The dredgers will be held by spuds. There will be a circular safety working zone of 50-metres radius centred at the dredgers. Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barges assisted by pusher tugs. Only one dredger, hopper barge and two tugs will be working at any one time.

During the operation, the dredger and hopper barge will be attended by tug boats. The tug boats will be used to shift the dredger and hopper barges, when required to clear the fairway for vessels to berth or unberth.

Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft to keep clear of the working areas.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to: (a) keep well clear and not to enter the working area; (b) maintain a proper lookout; (c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution; (d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 25 (Pasir Panjang Control); and (e) communicate with Pasir Panjang Control on VHF Channel 25 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

DATE: January 30, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Submarine Outfall Inspection and Repair Works –

For approximately three weeks, submarine outfall inspection and repair works will be carried out [at Wah Fu, Hong Kong Island West] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D): (A) 22 deg. 15.052’N / 114 deg. 08.062’E (B) 22 deg. 15.006’N / 114 deg. 07.956’E (C) 22 deg. 15.031’N / 114 deg. 07.944’E (D) 22 deg. 15.077’N / 114 deg. 08.049’E

The works will be carried out by one work boat. One tug and one guard boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 25 metres around the work boat will be established. The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1700 hours. No works will be carried out on Sunday and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Diving operations 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 at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the area.

(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.16 of 2012 dated 30 January 2012

DATE: January 30, 2012 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Establishment of a Silt Curtain

For approximately 6 months, a silt curtain will be established [at Tai Shue Wan, South of Hong Kong Island] and laid along the following co-ordinates (WGS 84) from (A) to (E): (A) 22 deg. 14.117’N / 114 deg. 10.025’E (B) 22 deg. 14.125’N / 114 deg. 10.017’E (C) 22 deg. 14.136’N / 114 deg. 10.016’E (D) 22 deg. 14.145’N / 114 deg. 10.022’E (E) 22 deg. 14.148’N / 114 deg. 10.034’E

The silt curtain will extend vertically from the sea surface to the seabed. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid along the surface of the silt curtain at a spacing of approximately 50 metres to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

Diving operations will be carried out from a work boat from time to time during the laying operation, inspection and maintenance works.

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 at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the area.

(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.15 of 2012 dated 30 January 2012

DATE: January 30, 2012 COUNTRY: Turkey PORT: Turkish Straits Snow and gale/near gale conditions forecast –

Snow and gale or near-gale/gale conditions (5 to 9 N, NE) are forecast over the next three days at the Turkish Straits and ports, especially in nothern Turkey.

As a result, transits, berthing and supply operations may be interrupted due to expected strong wind and low visibility.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

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