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GAC 01072014Possible maritime workers’ strike
December 16, 2014, Nigeria, all ports

There are strong indications that the Maritime Workers of Nigeria (MWUN) may shut down port operations nationwide from tomorrow (17 December), and begin an indefinite strike over a number of longstanding issues.

At the weekend, the union notified the relevant authorities – such as the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA), the Nigerian Administration and Safety Agency (NIMASA) and terminal operators – of the intention to shut down the ports, if the latest ultimatum given to the government to address the pending issues passed without any action yesterday (15 December).

For information about operations in Nigeria contact GAC Nigeria at nigeria@gac.com

Construction of waterfront promenade & footbridge
December 16, 2014, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately 18 months, marine works involving construction of waterfront promenade and footbridge [at Mui Wo, Lantau Island] will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (E) and the adjacent shoreline:-

(A) 22 deg. 15.997’N / 113 deg. 59.905’E

(B) 22 deg. 16.010’N / 113 deg. 59.899’E

(C) 22 deg. 16.038’N / 113 deg. 59.943’E

(D) 22 deg. 16.000’N / 114 deg. 00.043’E

(E) 22 deg. 15.969’N / 114 deg. 00.033’E

The works will be carried out by one flat-top barge. One tug boat 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 15 metres will be established around the flat-top barge. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the flat-top barge.

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow markers fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

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 shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong Marine Department Notice No.160 of 2014 dated 16 December 2014

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