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Your daily news service from ports around the world.

In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Singapore, Singapore – Reclamation work at Pulau Tekong
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Seawall maintenance works
* Egypt, Suez – Mooring & Light Company strike
* Turkey, Turkish Straits – Snowfall halts Strait traffic

DATE: January 07, 2013 COUNTRY: Singapore PORT: Singapore – Reclamation work at Pulau Tekong

The working period for reclamation work at Pulau Tekong has been extended.
The work will now be conducted from 10 Januray to 9 July.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.3 of 2013 dated 7 January 2013, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within a working area bounded by the following marker/buoy light coordinates (WGS 84 Datum): L1)           01° 25.890’N / 104° 03.478’E

L2/* TJUT-20) 01° 26.260’N / 104° 03.478’E
(Yellow / Pillar /  Fl Y 2s)
TJUT-19)      01° 26.544’N / 104° 02.353’E
(Black/Yellow / Pillar /  Q Fl)
TJUT-18)      01° 26.271’N / 104° 01.343’E
(Yellow / Pillar / Fl Y 4s)
North Tekong) 01° 26.021’N / 104° 01.033’E
(Black/ Yellow / Pillar  / Q Fl)
5)            01° 25.488’N / 104° 00.444’E
Tekong)       01° 25.406’N / 104° 00.442’E
(Green / Conical / Fl (3) G 15s)
West Tekong)  01° 25.167’N / 104° 00.434’E
(Yellow/ Black/ Yellow / Pillar / Q(9)15s)
TJUT-6)       01° 24.583’N / 104° 00.634’E
(Green / Conical / Fl (2) G 10s)
TJUT-5)       01° 24.218’N / 104° 00.759’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 4s)
TJUT-3)       01° 23.350’N / 104° 01.057’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 2s)
Malang Tiga)  01° 23.044’N / 104° 01.417’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 2.5s)
TJUT-1)       01° 22.591’N / 104° 01.949’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 4s)
Nelayan)      01° 21.853’N / 104° 02.817’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 4s)
TJUT-9)       01° 21.074’N / 104° 03.734’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 4s)
TJUT-21)      01° 20.600’N / 104° 04.290’E
(Green / Conical / Fl G 2s)
6)            01° 20.090’N / 104° 04.899’E
South Nelayan)01° 20.090’N / 104° 05.009’E
(Yellow / Black / Pillar / Q(6) + LFl 15s)
8)            01° 20.313’N / 104° 05.215’E
9)            01° 20.375’N / 104° 05.212’E
10)           01° 20.752’N / 104° 04.944’E
TJUT-10)      01° 21.079’N / 104° 04.776’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 2s)
11)           01° 21.406’N / 104° 04.608’E
Red Calder)   01° 21.750’N / 104° 04.690’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 4s)
TJUT-11)      01° 22.267’N / 104° 04.876’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 6s)
Calder)       01° 23.044’N / 104° 05.159’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 8s)
12)           01° 23.489’N / 104° 05.338’E
13/ TJUT-22)  01° 23.661’N / 104° 05.391’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 10s)
14)           01° 23.985’N / 104° 05.423’E
15)           01° 24.237’N / 104° 05.408’E
16/ TJUT-23)  01° 24.376’N / 104° 05.375’E
(Red / Can / Fl R 2s)
17)           01° 24.481’N / 104° 05.260’E
18)           01° 24.556’N / 104° 05.050’E
(Note: Buoy “TJUT-20” is installed with a silt and current meter.)

Reclamation works at Pulau Tekong will involve dredging, construction of revetment, soil investigation and soil improvement works. Soil improvement works will entail stabilized dredging, sand piling and deep cement mixing. The cutter-suction dredger will be used for the bund construction within the working area.

Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft of the operations in the area.

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 look-out;
(c) proceed at  a safe speed &  navigate with caution;
(d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 21;
(e) communicate with Sembawang Control on VHF Channel 21 for assistance, if required.

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

DATE: January 07, 2013 COUNTRY: Hong Kong PORT: Hong Kong Seawall maintenance works

For approximately 5 weeks, seawall maintenance works will be carried out [at Tuen Mun Typhoon Shelter] in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 22.652’N / 113 deg. 58.120’E
(B) 22 deg. 22.659’N / 113 deg. 58.136’E
(C) 22 deg. 22.575’N / 113 deg. 58.183’E
(D) 22 deg. 22.568’N / 113 deg. 58.168’E

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

A working area of approximately 15 meters 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.

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. No work will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Outside the hours of work, the vessels employed for the works will stay within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (E) to (H):
(E) 22 deg. 22.517’N / 113 deg. 58.283’E
(F) 22 deg. 22.532’N / 113 deg. 58.319’E
(G) 22 deg. 22.499’N / 113 deg. 58.339’E
(H) 22 deg. 22.483’N / 113 deg. 58.301’E

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 sdhipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.3 of 2013 dated 4 January 2013

DATE: January 07, 2013 COUNTRY: Egypt PORT: Suez- Mooring & Light Company strike

The Mooring & Light Company at Suez Port started a strike of unknown duration this morning (7 January).

Today, the strike only affected northbound traffic (i.e., no mooring boats or projector were provided). However, it is possible that the strike may extend to Port Said, in which case Further to our below alert, Expecting the strike to extend to it could have an impact on southbound traffic.

Nonetheless, so far, traffic in the Suez Canal has bee working as per the usual transitschedules.

For information about operations in Egypt contact GAC Egypt at egypt@gac.com

DATE: January 07, 2013 COUNTRY: Turkey PORT: Turkish Straits – Snowfall halts Strait traffic

All north- and south-bound traffic in the Istanbul Strait was suspended at 15:38 today (7 January) due to poor visibility caused by snowfall.

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

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