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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* India, Chennai – ISPS Security Level lowered
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Light buoys marking dredged area off cruise terminal
* Singapore, Singapore – Dredging at Southern Tuas Basin

DATE: March 12, 2013
COUNTRY: India
PORT: Chennai
ISPS Security Level lowered

Chennai Port is lowering the MARSEC Level II to Level I with respect to the ISPS Code with effect from 7 March 2013 as directed by the D.G. (Shipping) Mumbai.

(For information about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com)
Source: Chennai Port Trust Notice No.ISPS/0491/2008/M dated 8 March 2013

DATE: March 12, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Light buoys marking dredged area off cruise terminal

With immediate effect, three special mark light buoys will be established to mark the northeasterly, northwesterly and southwesterly extremities of a dredged area off the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal.

The particulars of these buoys are as follows:

Name: KT1
– Position (WGS 84 Datum): 22º 18.070’N, 114º 13.090’E
– Shape: Pillar
– Colour: Yellow
– Light Characteristics: F1 Y 6s
– Colour of Light: Yellow
– Top Mark: Yellow “X”
– Radar Reflector: Fitted

Name: KT2
– Position (WGS 84 Datum): 22º 17.898’N, 114º 12.638’E
– Shape: Pillar
– Colour: Yellow
– Light Characteristics: F1(2) Y 6s
– Colour of Light: Yellow
– Top Mark: Yellow “X”
– Radar Reflector: Fitted

Name: KT3
– Position (WGS 84 Datum): 22º 18.287’N, 114º 12.673’E
– Shape: Pillar
– Colour: Yellow
– Light Characteristics: F1(3) Y 6s
– Colour of Light: Yellow
– Top Mark: Yellow “X”
– Radar Reflector: Fitted

In order to provide sufficient water depth for the new generation of cruise ships proceeding to and from the newly developed Kai Tak Cruise Terminal, a dredged trapezoid shape waters area fronting the Terminal is currently maintained at a depth of 12 metres below Chart Datum. The dredged area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (I) and adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22º 18.220’N / 114º 12.992’E
(B) 22º 18.207’N / 114º 13.005’E
(C) 22º 18.173’N / 114º 12.978’E
(D) 22º 18.070’N / 114º 13.090’E
(E) 22º 17.782’N / 114º 12.933’E
(F) 22º 17.898’N / 114º 12.638’E
(G) 22º 18.287’N / 114º 12.673’E
(H) 22º 18.312’N / 114º 12.647’E
(I) 22º 18.388’N / 114º 12.720’E

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and give a wide berth to the buoys.

(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.36 of 2013 dated 12 March 2013

DATE: March 12, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Dredging at Southern Tuas Basin

Dredging operations will be carried out at the Southern Tuas Basin from 15 March to 15 May.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.28 of 2013, the works will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
A) 1° 18.270’N / 103° 39.109’E
B) 1° 18.298’N / 103° 39.135’E
C) 1° 18.279’N / 103° 39.155’E
D) 1° 18.251’N / 103° 39.129’E

Dredging works will be carried out by the grab redgers. The grab dredgers will be held by 4-point anchoring system and each anchor position will be marked by a yellow buoy, Fl Y 3s.The dredgers, with hopper barges in attendance, will have a circular safety working zone of 50-metre radius centred at the dredgers. Dredged materials will be  transported to thedesignated dumping ground by the  hopper barges.

During the operation, the dredgers will be attended by tug boat. The tug boats will be used to shift the dredger.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft of the project.

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 21( Jurong Control);
and
(e) communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 21 for assistance, if required.

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

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