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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Worldwide – World Holidays: 12-25 May 2013
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Navigation near HK Convention & Exhibition Centre
Heliport

DATE: May 11, 2013
COUNTRY: Worldwide
World Holidays: 12-25 May 2013

Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the following:
Fri 17 May – Buddha’s Birthday
Sat 18 May – Constitution Day (Turkmenistan)
Sun 19 May – Pentecost Sunday
Sun 19 May – Turkey Commemoration of Ataturk, Youth and Sports Day
Mon 20 May – Pentecost Monday
Mon 20 May – Whit Monday
Sat 25 May – Vesak Day
Sat 25 May – Africa Unity Day (Ghana)

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: May 11, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Navigation near HK Convention & Exhibition Centre Heliport
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Since the commissioning of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Heliport in May 2012, it has been observed that the traffic behavior of
some small local craft tend to navigate extremely close to the shore of the
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre Heliport. This practice is
considered both imprudent and dangerous.

Due to geographical features of the Heliport together with the downwash and
noise generated by the helicopters during landing and taking off, it may
affect the respective sighting and hearing of visual and sound signals of
local craft navigating in the vicinity of the waters fronting the Heliport.

To improve the traffic environment thereat, vessels navigating in the
vicinity, whether powered or under sail, are required to give this Heliport
as wide a berth as is commensurate with other navigational commitments and
with the regulations of the port and preferably at a distance of not less
than 100 metres away from the shore of the Heliport.

(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.54 of 2013

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