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GAC 01072014Locks closure for bomb disposal
October 09, 2014, Germany, Kiel Canal

Due to a bomb disposal operation, the Kiel-Holtenau locks will be closed from 15:00 until about 18:00 hours local time today (9 October).

UPDATE 16:30 CET: The bomb disposal works have been successfully completed and the locks are now back in service with immediate effect.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.uk@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

Ebola threat & the Marine Transportation System
October 09, 2014, United States, all ports

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed that on 30 September 2014 the first case of Ebola Virus Disease [EVD] was diagnosed in the United States in a person who had traveled to Dallas, Texas, from West Africa. To date, there have been no recorded EVD cases associated with vessels operating in the U.S. maritime environment.

Nonetheless, the EVD case in Dallas, TX reminds us that we must remain always vigilant of the EVD threat. An Ebola Crisis Action Team has been stood up at United States Coast Guard (USCG) Headquarters to conduct a comprehensive review of USCG policy and provide direction across all mission sets and includes active representation from all USCG stakeholders…. ….The EVD situation and the possible introduction of the disease via the maritime vector remains extremely dynamic and additional guidance will be released as necessary. Guidance from the CDC continues to evolve and updates will be available at: www.cdc.gov/vhf/ebola.


Any EVD case in the maritime environment will be an incident of national interest. The USCG stresses timely communications with its 24-hour USCG Command Center. The USCG Sector Long Island Sound Command Center is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week and can be reached at either: 1-800-774-8724 or (203) 468-4401.

Timely notifications enable the USCG to properly respond if necessary or to ensure proper coordination and assistance that other local, state or federal assets might be able to contribute in prosecuting a multi-faceted maritime domain case, such as a suspect EBOLA case on a maritime vessel. Email contact with the Command Center can also be done via: SectorLISCommandCenter@uscg.mil.

Vessels arriving from the EVD impacted countries are at an elevated risk. Travel alert information can be found at: wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/notices.

Vessel Masters/Representatives are required to report any illness or death amongst vessel passengers or crew with connection to a communicable disease. This report is required to the CDC within 15 days prior to expected arrival as per 42 CFR 71.21. Regional CDC quarantine station points of contact can be found at: www.cdc.gov/quarantine/QuarantineStationContactListFull.html. This Long Island Sound COTP zone relies upon Quarantine Station Officer in Charge at JFK airport New York 781-553-1685 / 86 / 87. Each Quarantine Station has responsibility for all ports, seaports, and international airports in an assigned region.

The CDC method for maritime death and illness reporting uses fillable PDF forms required to be submitted and entered into

www.cdc.gov/quarantine/cargo/reporting-deaths-illness/index.html. Another CDC site includes the detailed reporting requirements www.cdc.gov/quarantine/maritime/federal-regulations-reporting-illness-death-shipsdestined-united-states.html.

1) The USCG reviews all Notice of Arrivals to determine if a vessel has visited a country impacted by Ebola virus outbreak within its last five ports of call.

2) In lieu of contacting the CDC, vessel Master’s or their designated representatives, may contact USCG Sector Long Island Sound who will in turn contact the CDC.

3) Vessel agents or their designated representatives are requested to contact Masters of vessels that have visited the above mentioned countries prior to the vessel entering port to inquire if there have been any reports of symptoms, death or illness that may be in connection to the Ebola Virus….

….USCG Sector Long Island Sound will be contacting vessels (either directly or through the vessel agent or representative) who indicate an Ebola Virus affected country in their last five ports of call….

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: Extracts from U.S. Coast Guard Long Island Sound Captain of the Port Zone Area Maritime Security Bulletin N0.001-14

Cyclonic Storm HUDHUD
October 09, 2014, India, Visakhapatnam

The Cyclonic Storm ‘HUDHUD’ over east central Bay of Bengal moved west-northwestward and lay centered at 0530 hrs IST [today] 9 October near latitude 13.7ºN and longitude 89.2ºE about 780km south-southeast of Gopalpur and 770 km southeast of Visakhapatnam.

The system would continue to move west-northwestwards, intensify further into a severe cyclonic storm during next 12 hours and into a very severe cyclonic storm during subsequent 24 hours. The system would cross north Andhra Pradesh coast around Visakhapatnam by the forenoon of 12 October.

Squally wind speed reaching 50-60 kmph gusting to 70 kmph would commence along and off north Andhra Pradesh and south Odisha coasts from 11th morning onwards. The wind speed would increase to 130-140 kmph gusting to 150 kmph from 12th morning.

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

Source: India Meteorological Department update dated 9 October 2014

Cross Harbour Swimming Races
October 09, 2014, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Swimming races across the Eastern Harbour from Lei Yue Mun, Kowloon to Quarry Bay, Hong Kong Island will take place from 0830 hours to 1030 hours on Sunday 12 October 2014.

About 2, 000 swimmers, under the escort of guard boats, are expected to participate in the races.

Launches of the Marine Department and Marine Police will be stationed or patrolling in the Eastern Harbour and Tathong Channel before and during the event.

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of all vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and give a wide berth to the swimmers, and follow the directions given by officers on Marine Department and Marine Police launches regulating marine traffic in the vicinity.

As the marine traffic in the Eastern Harbour will be affected by the races, vessels operators are advised to adjust their sailing schedule in order to avoid obstructing the races…

…In case of inclement weather, the races will be postponed to Sunday 26 October 2014 with the same time sequence as mentioned above.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

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