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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Yemen, all ports – Man overboard in the Gulf of Aden
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Tin Hau Festival
* Chile, Valparaiso – Port & terminals partially operative after fire

DATE: April 15, 2014
PORT: all ports
Man overboard in the Gulf of Aden

On or about 14 Feb 14 at 2200z, a seaman is believed to have fallen
overboard while conducting a transit of the Internationally Recommended
Transit Corridor (IRTC), likely between 1229.70N/04723.70E &

The individual is assessed to be an Asian male wearing a blue shirt and
blue pants.

It is recommended that all watchstanders maintain a heightened state of
vigilance while transiting the IRTC and render all forms of appropriate aid
to the distressed seaman if encountered.

Contact MARLO Bahrain at the following with any questions: email –
marlo.bahrain@me.navy.mil, phone: +973-3940-1395.

(For information about operations in the Middle East contact the GAC Dubai
Hub Agency Centre at hub.ae@gac.com)

Source: U.S. Navy Maritime Liaison Office (MARLO), Bahrain, Notice to

DATE: April 15, 2014
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: Hong Kong
Tin Hau Festival

The Tin Hau Festival at Tai Miu Wan will be celebrated this year on 22
April 2014. Coxswains, owners and operators of local vessels are advised
that arrangements for embarkation and disembarkation will only be made at
the western side of the main pier of Tai Miu Wan, whereas the eastern side
of the main pier will be used by licensed ferries.

A ferry service between North Point Ferry Pier and the Tai Miu Wan pier
will be operated on 21 April and 22 April 2014. Details of the ferry
service will be announced by the Transport Department in due course.

The Marine Department and the Hong Kong Police Force patrol launches will
be stationed in the vicinity to direct and control vessels attending the

Persons-in-charge of local vessels are strongly reminded to ensure that
vessels shall not carry more passengers than they are certified to carry.
As only one set of landing steps will be available for use by local
vessels, persons-in-charge of local vessels must exercise extreme care,
patience and good seamanship and follow the berthing/unberthing
instructions of the Marine Department and the Hong Kong Police Force patrol
launches on the scene.

Masters of vessels navigating in the Tathong Channel on the above dates are
advised to proceed with caution as more local traffic than normal will be
encountered between Lei Yue Mun and Tai Miu Wan.

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

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.49 of 2014

DATE: April 15, 2014
PORT: Valparaiso
Port & terminals partially operative after fire

The port at Valparaiso is operating and terminals working, albeit at a
slower than usual pace, despite the effects of the fire which swept through
part of the city at the weekend.

Strong Pacific coast winds fanned the flames which spread through some
parts of Valparaiso on Saturday (12 April). Nearly 2, 000 homes and
thousands of residents were evacuated as firefighters battled to extinguish
the blaze in the city’s steep hills and narrow winding streets. Some of the
affected areas remain without electricity.

At the port, however, the TPS, TCVAL and ZEAL terminals are operative. All
access to/from the port is open and it is operative, with intermittent
activity. The main difficulty lied in gathering complete gangs at the port.

(For information about operations in Chile, and elsewhere in the Americas,
contact the GAC Hub Agency Centre in Houston at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: Ultramar Agencia Maritima, Chile – GAC agent

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