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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Indonesia, Merak – Terminal operations during monsoon season
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Dredging at Yau Ma Tei Seafront
* Singapore, Singapore – Core penetration test

DATE: November 29, 2013
COUNTRY: Indonesia
PORT: Merak
Terminal operations during monsoon season

Due to expected bad weather associated with the monsoon season from the end
of November until March, special measures and guidelines are in place to
ensure safe operations at the Vopak Terminal at the port of Merak.

In the coming weeks and months, heavy rain, a large swell and strong winds
may cause delays to berthing/un-berthing, loading/unloading and departure
of vessels from the port.

Upon arrival, Masters of vessels must be aware of any local tidal or
current conditions at the berth that could affect safe mooring, prevailing
wind conditions that could affect the safety of operations, other
conditions affecting operations such as wave/swell/visibility/electrical
storm and the effect of heavy rainfall or drought on the berth or approach

The Master must also ensure that his vessel is securely moored and that
weather conditions are monitored. A stand-by crew must be deployed for
possible emergency unberthing and safety access between the jetty and ship

The Jetty Master must be alerted warned immediately if the discharging
process causes any damage or has created a hazardous situation, or is
likely to.

For further details and information about operations in Indonesia contact
PT Andhika GAC at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

DATE: November 29, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Dredging at Yau Ma Tei Seafront

From 1 December and for approximately five weeks, dredging operations will
be carried out [at Yau Ma Tei Seafront] within 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. 19.091’N / 114 deg. 09.296’E
(B) 22 deg. 19.091’N / 114 deg. 09.214’E
(C) 22 deg. 19.228’N / 114 deg. 09.214’E
(D) 22 deg. 19.228’N / 114 deg. 09.296’E

The works will be carried out by a grab dredger. One working boat, two tug
boats and three split-hopper barges will assist in the works. The number of
vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit
operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around the grab dredger will be
established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be
laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the grab dredger.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried
out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will
stay in the works area outside 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.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.143 of 2013

DATE: November 29, 2013
COUNTRY: Singapore
PORT: Singapore
Core penetration test

The working area and working period for core penetration testing for a
coastal development off Tuas View have been revised.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine
Notice No.156 of 2013 dated 26 November 2013, the works will be conducted
between 0700 and 1900 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays –
from 2 December 2013 to 28 February 2014, within the working area bounded
by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
CPT70) 01° 15.133’N / 103° 39.141’E
CPT71) 01° 14.981’N / 103° 39.120’E
CPT72) 01° 14.971’N / 103° 39.011’E
CPT73) 01° 15.135’N / 103° 38.988’E
CPT74) 01° 14.862’N / 103° 38.823’E
CPT75) 01° 15.071’N / 103° 38.738’E
CPT76) 01° 14.631’N / 103° 38.676’E
CPT77) 01° 14.696’N / 103° 38.872’E
CPT78) 01° 14.516’N / 103° 39.046’E
CPT79) 01° 14.783’N / 103° 39.417’E
CPT80) 01° 14.695’N / 103° 39.179’E
CPT81) 01° 14.585’N / 103° 39.218’E

Soil investigation work will be carried out by means of Cone Penetration
Test (CPT) using crane barge.

A crane barge with leg spuds will be working on only one CPT location at
any one time. The crane barge, with tug boats in attendance, will have a
circular safety working zone of 80 meters radius. Tugboats will be used for
shifting the barge from one location to another. Safety boats will be
deployed in the vicinity of the working areas to warn other craft of the
project work.

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 & navigate with caution;
d) maintain a listening watch on appropriate VHF Channel 22;
e) communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at

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