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GAC 01072014Safety Zone for New Year Fireworks
December 22, 2014, United States, Delaware River

To mitigate the risks associated with a fireworks display, the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay is establishing a temporary safety zone in the Delaware River near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

The safety zone will be effective on December 31, 2014 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and again from 11:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m.

The zone spans from the Pennsylvania shore to the New Jersey shore and is bounded in the south by a line from position 39-56.18N, 075-08.30W to 39-56.17N, 075-07.56W and bounded to the north by the Ben Franklin bridge.

Mariners will not be allowed to transit during the times when the safety zone is active. The Coast Guard Captain of the Port’s representative will be on scene and can be contacted on VHF channel 16. Entry into, transiting, or anchoring within the safety zone is prohibited unless authorized by the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay, or her on-scene representative.

Once operations are concluded, an informational broadcast will inform mariners that the safety zone is no longer being enforced.

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay, Marine Safety Information Bulletin MSIB #47-14

Trimming of underwater high spots
December 22, 2014, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately 2 months, trimming operations for underwater high spots will be carried out [south of Shek Kwu Chau] in the following areas:


This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (H):

(A) 22º 10.085’N / 113º 59.230’E

(B) 22º 10.030’N / 113º 59.230’E

(C) 22º 10.030’N / 113º 59.403’E

(D) 22º 09.922’N / 113º 59.403’E

(E) 22º 09.922’N / 113º 59.113’E

(F) 22º 09.975’N / 113º 59.113’E

(G) 22º 09.975’N / 113º 58.532’E

(H) 22º 10.083’N / 113º 58.532’E


This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (I) to (N):

(I) 22º 09.353’N / 113º 58.852’E

(J) 22º 09.190’N / 113º 58.852’E

(K) 22º 09.190’N / 113º 59.143’E

(L) 22º 08.974’N / 113º 59.143’E

(M) 22º 08.973’N / 113º 58.387’E

(N) 22º 09.352’N / 113º 58.387’E

The works will be carried out by two grab dredgers. Some hopper barges, tugs and work 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 100 metres will be established around the dredger and hopper barge. 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 works will be carried out round-the-clock.

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.

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 SAR Marine Department Notice No.163 of 2014

Rebates for dry bulk carriers
December 22, 2014, Egypt, Suez Canal

In continuation of her role in offering services to the world trade and encouraging mutual trade between Americas and the Caribbean, on one hand and the Indian subcontinent and Asian countries east of India, on the other hand and in the frame of her marketing policy, SCA announces a new initiative for supporting the economics of the dry bulk carriers working among the aforementioned areas as following:

Article One:


A rebate of 35% (thirty five pct) of transit dues on the round trip of dry bulk carriers shall be applied for ships working between ports of east cost of the Americas and the Caribbean heading to (or coming from) ports of Indian subcontinent and Asian countries east of India.

Subject to the following conditions:

A) Any operating company, wishing to benefit from this reduction has to submit a request (through shipping agency) to SCA prior to transit, stating ship’s particulars, ports of origin, destination, ETA Suez Canal and Ship’s condition (Ballast or loaded).

B) Transit dues of the first trip should be paid in full (in ballast or loaded) and the rebate shall be settled at the return trip.

C) The same ship has to transit Suez Canal on her return trip heading to the port of origin of the first trip within 3 (three) months from the previous transit date.

D) No commercial operations to be carried out by the ship at ports in between during the round trip.


Documents required for applying the rebate

1- A declaration must be forwarded by the master at each transit stating ports of origin, destination, ship’s condition (loaded or in ballast) and cargo quantity if loaded – subject not to call any ports in between for any other cargo operations during the trip.

2- A certificate from each port of origin and destination, authenticated by port authority or competent party, showing date of arrival, departure and quantity of cargo loaded or discharges.

This certificate shall be identified by SCA to ship’s route according to AIS.

3-A. A statement from ship’s agency under taking to complete all the required documents within a maximum of six months from the date of transit for return trip.

3-B. In case such documents are not duly completed in the fixed time or any condition of this circular is breached the rebate’s value shall be deducted from the agency’s account at SCA.

3-C. The letter of guarantee or cheque of guarantee, submitted by the agency at the return trip, shall not be released unless the required documents are completed or the rebate previously granted is settled


– The aforementioned rebate shall be applied on transit dues only and does not apply on any other services such as (tugs or any additional dues).

Article Two:

This circulate takes effect as of January 1st, 2015 and valid for one year from date of issuance.

(For information aboutr operations in the Suez Canal, contact GAC Egypt at suezcanal@gac.com)

Source: Suez Canal Authority Circular No.6/2014 dated

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