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GAC 01072014Temporary traffic restrictions
December 23, 2014, Germany, Kiel Canal

Due to the extreme high water level caused by heavy rainfall over the past days, the Kiel-Canal Authority has imposed the following temporary traffic restrictions:

1. Maximum allowed transit speed 12 km/h (6, 47 kn)

2. maximum allowed airdraft 39, 80 m

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

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

Use of distress signalling devices
December 23, 2014, United Arab Emirates, Port of Fujairah

The use of distress signaling devices such as “Rocket Parachute flares” or “Smoke Signaling Devices” including fire crackers is strictly prohibited in Port of Fujairah and Fujairah Offshore Anchorage area unless there is a valid reason for that.

Above mentioned signaling devices are strictly not allowed to use in festivities at Fujairah Offshore Anchorage or in Port including fire crackers.

Storing of similar devices for celebrations is strictly not allowed. Proper disposal procedure as per our Notice to Mariner No: 135 to be followed for the disposal of expired devices.

Strict action will be taken against violators.

(For information about operations in Fujairah contact GAC Fujairah at fujairah@gac.com)

Source: Port of Fujairah Notice to Agent 62/2014 dated 23 December 2014

Dredging at Typhoon Shelter
December 23, 2014, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately 6 months, dredging operations will be carried out [at New Yau Ma Tei Typhoon Shelter] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (A) to (B) and (C) to (D) and the adjacent breakwater and shoreline:-

(A) 22 deg. 18.739’N / 114 deg. 09.303’E

(B) 22 deg. 18.739’N / 114 deg. 09.595’E

(C) 22 deg. 18.473’N / 114 deg. 09.595’E

(D) 22 deg. 18.473’N / 114 deg. 09.303’E

The works will be carried out by two derrick lighters. Two hopper barges, two tugs and one work boat will assist in the works. 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 derrick lighters will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the derrick lighters.

A silt curtain will be established at the immediate area where dredging by grab takes place.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 2100 hours. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area 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 shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.161 of 2014

Sanitary dues to rise
December 23, 2014, Turkey, all ports

Sanitary dues for calls to Turkish ports will increase to 0.85 TL (previously 0.80 TL) from 1 January 2015.

The new fee is applicable for all commercial vessels with NRT over 50 (excluding yachts, and investigation/education vessels), using the below calculation method:

NRT X 0.85 TL / daily USD rate


NRT 10000 X 0.85 TL / 2.3170 daiy USD rate = 3, 668.54 USD

For information about oeprations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

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