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GAC 01072014Installation of steel piles and pontoon
January 08, 2015, Singapore, Singapore

From 9 January to 9 March, works to install steel piles and pontoon will be conducted at Sentosa, in Cruise Bay.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.04 of 2015 dated 7 January 2015, the works will be carried out from 0800 to 2000 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

1) 01 deg. 15.561’N / 103 deg. 49.169’E

2) 01 deg. 15.579’N / 103 deg. 49.174’E

3) 01 deg. 15.570’N / 103 deg. 49.210’E

4) 01 deg. 15.554’N / 103 deg. 49.205’E

A crane barge, assisted by tug boats will be used to install the piles and pontoon. Tug boats will be used to tow the pontoon into position. Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft of the project.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:

a) Keep well clear and not to enter the working area;

b) Maintain a proper lookout;

c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;

d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 05 (Cruise Bay Control);


e) Communicate with Cruise Bay Control on VHF Channel 05 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

Bosphorus to close for bridge works
January 08, 2015, Turkey, Turkish Straits

The Bosphorus will be closed to all transit traffic in both directions from 05:00 to 16:00 hours local time tomorrow (Friday 9 January), due to the works on 3rd Bosphorus Bridge.

Masters of vessels trading should act in accordance with VTS instructions and take all related precautions.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

Gate installation begins
January 08, 2015, Panama, Panama Canal

The installation of gates for the new locks of the Panama Canal have successfully begun on the Atlantic side of the waterway.

The steel gates are moved using self-propelled motorized wheel transporters (SPMTs) with more than 400n wheels each. The first gate is positioned in local head two in the new locks on the Atlantic side and is 10 metres wide, 30.19 in height and weighs 3, 285 tons, IN total the new locks will have 16 rolling gates, eight in the Pacific and eight in the Atlantic.

Overall, the Panama Canal Expansion Program is 84% complete.

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Extract from Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-01-2015

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