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GAC 01072014World Holidays: 11-24 January 2015
COUNTRY: Worldwide

Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the following:

Thu 15 Jan – Tamil Thai Pongal Day (Sri Lanka)

Tue 20 Jan – Martin Luther King Day (USA)

For information about operations around the world contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found under ‘GAC Worldwide’ at gac.com

Seasonal Ice Procedures: Ice Condition 3 set
January 10, 2015, United States, Delaware Bay

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Sector Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition 3 has been set for the Port which includes the Delaware Bay and River, the C&D Canal, Cape May Harbor and Canal, and the ICW.

This means that weather conditions are favorable for the formation of ice in the navigable waters but navigation is currently not impacted by ice.

All masters, ship agents, owners, operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following procedures for the Delaware River and C&D Canal:

– When ice is present, but less than 2 inches, vessels must have a propulsion system with adequate horsepower, and be able to maneuver un-assisted through the ice without needing to stop, back off and ram the ice.

– Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.

– Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times.

– Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.

– Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.

– The COTP Sector Delaware Bay may establish additional requirements for specific geographic areas of the COTP Zone if conditions warrant such restrictions.

For additional information regarding ice operations within the Sector Delaware Bay zone http:www.uscg.mil/d5/sectDelawarebay

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay, Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 01-15 dated 9 January 2015

Vessel transits during dredging operations
January 10, 2015, Colombia, Cartagena

Due to ongoing dredging of the entrance channel at Cartagena, the inward/outward transit of vessels with a LOA of over 180m and beam more than 32m is suspended, except on the following dates when vessels will be able to transit without restrictions:

January 11, 2015

From 06:00 to 08:00 hrs

From 12:00 to 13:00 hrs

From 22:00 to 24:00 hrs

January 12, 2015

From 06:00 to 08:00 hrs

From 13:00 to 15:00 hrs

From 19:00 to 21:00 hrs

January 13, 2015

From 06:00 to 08:00 hrs

From 12:00 to 14:00 hrs

(For information about operations in Colombia, and elsewhere in the Americas, contact GAC’s Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: ISACOL S.A., Colombia – GAC agent

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