The International Maritime Organization (IMO) has joined the international ad hoc Ebola Travel and Transport Task Force and is working with other United Nations agencies and non-governmental organizations to monitor the situation and provide timely information in response to the outbreak of the disease.
IMO, the International Chamber of Shipping (ICS) and the Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA) have joined forces with the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO), the World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), Airports Council International (ACI), International Air Transport Association (IATA) and the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC) in the Travel and Transport Task Force.
IMO has issued a circular letter (No.3484) which is available through the IMO website (www.imo.org), providing information and guidance, based on recommendations developed by WHO, on the precautions to be taken to minimize risks to seafarers, passengers and others on board ships, from the Ebola virus disease.
Updated information will be posted on the IMO website when it becomes available.
(For information about operations around the world contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found in the GAC Worldwide section of www.gac.com)
Source: International Maritime Organisation (IMO – www.imo.org) Briefing dated 4 Septe No.27 dated 4 September 2014
Construction of temporary jetty
September 04, 2014, Singapore, Singapore
Work is underway to construct a temporary jetty at Pulau Tekong, off Kuala Joh. The work will continue until 3 December.
According to the Maritime and Port of Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.105 of 2014, the work is being conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following coordinates:
A) 01° 24.412’N / 103° 00.994’E
B) 01° 24.404’N / 103° 01.158’E
C) 01° 24.519’N / 103° 01.162’E
D) 01° 24.525’N / 103° 00.998’E
The work will entail piling and installation of walkways. A safety boat will be in attendance throughout the duration of the construction works to warn other craft of the works in the vicinity.
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 VHF channel 21;
(e) communicate with Sembawang Control on VHF 21 for assistance, if required.
For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at email@example.com
Trimming of underwater high spots
September 04, 2014, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
For approximately 6 weeks, marine works involving trimming operations for underwater high spots will be carried out [south of Shek Kwu Chau] in tandem in the following areas:
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (F):
(A) 22º 09.382’N / 114º 01.092’E
(B) 22º 09.273’N / 114º 01.092’E
(C) 22º 09.273’N / 114º 00.975’E
(D) 22º 09.220’N / 114º 00.975’E
(E) 22º 09.220’N / 114º 00.452’E
(F) 22º 09.382’N / 114º 00.452’E
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (G) to (N):
(G) 22º 10.085’N / 113º 59.230’E
(H) 22º 10.030’N / 113º 59.230’E
(I) 22º 10.030’N / 113º 59.403’E
(J) 22º 09.922’N / 113º 59.403’E
(K) 22º 09.922’N / 113º 59.113’E
(L) 22º 09.975’N / 113º 59.113’E
(M) 22º 09.975’N / 113º 58.532’E
(N) 22º 10.083’N / 113º 58.532’E
The works will be carried out by one grab dredger. One hopper barge and some tug boats will provide assistance. 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 dredger and hopper barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the dredger and hopper barge.
The hours of work will be from 0800 hours to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessel employed for the works will stay in the works areas 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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice Bo.108 of 2014 dated 3 September 2014
September 04, 2014, Australia, Port Kembla
The ports of Port Kembla and Sydney, which had been closed yesterday (3 September) due to adverse weather, have now been re-opened.
Port Kembla port was closed at 2205 hours on Tuesday (2 September) and re-opened from 0700 hours this morning.
Pilotage services at Sydney were suspended at 0600 yesterday. The port re-opened at 0900 hours today.
The port of Newcastle has commenced scheduling departures this morning, and is assessing conditions for berthing from midday.
For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at email@example.com
GAC Bunker Fuels Ltd Pricing Alert
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