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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Worldwide – World Holidays: 3-16 March 2013
* Germany, Kiel Canal – Temporary draft restriction after collision
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Construction of Public Pier at Trio Beach, Sai kung

DATE: March 02, 2013
COUNTRY: Worldwide
World Holidays: 3-16 March 2013

Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the following:
Wed 6 Mar – Independence Day (Ghana)
Fri 8 Mar – Women’s Day (Russia)
Sun 10 Mar – Mahashivratri (Sri Lanka)
Mon 11 Mar – Lithuania Restoration of Independence Day
Mon 11 Mar – Makha Bucha (Thailand)
Tue 12 Mar – Nyepi Day (Indonesia)
Fri 15 Mar – Hungary National Day

For information about operations around the world contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found in the ‘Contacts’ section of www.gac.com

DATE: March 02, 2013
COUNTRY: Germany
PORT: Kiel Canal
Temporary draft restriction after collision

Following a collision at Brunsbuttel inner harbour and the sinking of two containers in the fairway today (2 March), the permissible draft was temporarily restricted. The containers were later secured and restrictions
cancelled.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC agent

DATE: March 02, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Construction of Public Pier at Trio Beach, Sai kung

For approximately 9 months, marine works involving construction of public pier will be carried out [at Trio Beach, Sai kung] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from
(A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22º 21.439’N / 114º 16.151’E
(B) 22º 21.420’N / 114º 16.151’E
(C) 22º 21.420’N / 114º 16.107’E
(D) 22º 21.443’N / 114º 16.121’E

The works will be conducted by one derrick barge. One tug 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 30 metres around the derrick 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 barge.

Silt curtains, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established around the public pier. The silt curtains are large pieces of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow markers fitted with fellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtains.

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

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels engaged in the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the works 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.26 of 2013
dated 1 March 2013

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