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GAC 01072014Telcomms restored
November 18, 2014, Oman, all ports

Following an outage yesterday (17 November), telecommunication services in Oman have now been restored.

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

Termination of eyesight test service
November 18, 2014, Hong Kong, all ports

The eyesight test service provided by the Seafarers’ Certification Section of the Marine Department will be terminated after 31 December 2014.

After that day applicants for Coxswain’s Certificate and Pleasure Vessel Operator’ Certificates of any grade (including revalidation and replacement) should approach a registered medical practitioner or registered optometrist for the required eyesight test and the test certificate.

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

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.144 of 2014

Planned industrial action by pilot cutter crew
November 18, 2014, Australia, Port Botany

The Maritime Union of Australia has issued notificiation of protected industrial action by its members working on pilot cutters operated by the Port Authority from Port Jackson and Port Botany, as follows:

– A six hour stoppage, between 0630 and 1230 hors local time on Thursday 20 November 2014.

– A six hour stoppage, from 1830 hours on Thursday 20 November until 0030 hours on Friday 21 November 2014

The planned industrial action is the latest development in ongoing negotations between The Port Authority of New South Wales and the Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) and the Australian Maritime Officers Union (AMOU) over a replacement Enterprise Agreement for its Sydney workforce since March 2014.

For further details or information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com


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