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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Oman, Port Sultan Qaboos – Al-Issra Wa Al- Miraj holiday
* India, Mumbai – Deployment of Data Well Directional Wave Rider buoy
* Singapore, Pasir Panjang – Underwater drilling and blasting works

DATE: June 04, 2013
COUNTRY: Oman
PORT: Port Sultan Qaboos
Al-Issra Wa Al- Miraj holiday

Port Sultan Qaboos will be closed for normal official matters on Thursday
(6 June) due to the Al-Issra Wa Al- Miraj holiday declared by the
Government of Oman. Vessel operations will continue on an overtime basis.

5 June 2013 will be the last working day. All officers will open again on
Sunday (9 June), after the weekend.

The Al-Issra Wa Al-Miraj holiday applies to all public & private sector
establishments.

For information about operations in Oman contact GAC Oman at muscat@gac.com

DATE: June 04, 2013
COUNTRY: India
PORT: Mumbai
Deployment of Data Well Directional Wave Rider buoy

The National Institute of Oceanography (NIO) will deploy a Data Well
Directional Wave Rider buoy (Sr. No.30731-6) in the sea off Colaba,
Maharashtra at 10m water depth at approximate poisiton Lat. 18 deg.
55.5’N/Long. 72 deg. 46.1’E, from 4 June 2013 to 31 May 2014.

The buoy is 90cm in diameter (deep orange in colour). The buoy will emit
flashes when the visibility reduces.
Flash pattern: colour yellow (590 nm), pattern 5 flashes every 20s,
standard length 195cm.
A mechanised trawler will be used to deploy and retrieve the buoy as and
when required.

A SEaguard current metre (Sr. No.493) will be deployed at location Lat. 18
deg. 35.9’N / Long. 72 deg. 47.4’E on 4 June 2013 and will be in position
up to 15 June 2013. A mechanised trawlker will be moored close to deployed
instrument for safety of the instrument.

All mariners are required to keep well clear of these buoys.

(For informaiton about operations in India contact GAC India at
india@gac.com)

Source: Mumbai Port Trust Notice to Mariners No.DC/C-NM/2395 dated 3 June
2013

DATE: June 04, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Pasir Panjang
Underwater drilling and blasting works

The working area has been revised and the working period extended for
underwater drilling and blasting at Pasir Panjang Terminal, Phases 3 & 4.
The works are now being conducted from 3 to 24 June.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority ot Singapore’s Port Marine
Notice No.75 of 2013, the works will be carried out in the vicinity of
Pasir Panjang Terminal and Pasir Panjang Wharves, within the working area
bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

Drilling and Blasting Working Area Sector 13/14
1)  1 deg. 16.371’N / 103 deg. 46.701’E
2)  1 deg. 16.260’N / 103 deg. 46.887’E
3)  1 deg. 16.220’N / 103 deg. 46.864’E
4)  1 deg. 16.173’N / 103 deg. 46.943’E
5)  1 deg. 16.003’N / 103 deg. 46.842’E
6)  1 deg. 16.074’N / 103 deg. 46.723’E
7)  1 deg. 15.987’N / 103 deg. 46.672’E
8)  1 deg. 16.080’N / 103 deg. 46.516’E
9)  1 deg. 16.237’N / 103 deg. 46.609’E
10) 1 deg. 16.231’N / 103 deg. 46.618’E

Drilling will be carried out 24hrs daily, including Sundays. Only one
blasting work will be carried out at any one time within the working area.

Blasting Schedule
Blasting will not be carried out on Sundays . The schedule for blasting
will be carried out as follows:
1. 0800hrs – 0900hrs
2. 1200hrs – 1400hrs
3. 1630hrs – 1830hrs

Underwater drilling and blasting works will be carried out by work barge
“Orion 84” which will be held in position by 4-point anchors. The following
safety procedures and warning signals will be adopted for each blasting
operation:
(a) All personnel will be evacuated from the danger zone prior to the
blasting operations;
(b) Armed Protection Officers (APOs) in craft/safety boats will cordon off
the working area 30 minutes before the blasting operations;
(c) “Pasir Panjang Control” will issue navigational warning on VHF Ch 25;
(d) Two (2) prolong blasts on the whistle will be sounded 15 minutes before
the blasting, to ensure all divers and ships stay clear from  the blasting
area;
(e) Red flags and warning signs “Blasting in progress” will be erected to
warn mariners 5 minutes prior to the blasting operations;
(f) Three (3) short blasts on the whistle will be sounded 5 minutes before
the commencement of the blasting operations;
(g) At the point of blasting, four (4) short blasts will be sounded on the
whistle with blasting initiated on the 4th short blast;
and
(h) One (1) prolonged blast will be sounded on the whistle after the
completion of each blasting operation and red flag lowered.

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) comply with the instructions from Pasir Panjang Control and the APO
craft at the scene;
(e) cease all underwater diving activities within a radius of 144 metres
from the perimeter of the working area during the periods of blasting;
(f) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 25;
and
(g) 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

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