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GAC 01072014Fog still affecting Texas ports
March 04, 2015, United States, Houston, Texas

Texas ports remain closed today (4 March) due to persistent dense fog in the area.

Houston was closed at 1715 yesterday (3 March) and is staging for outbound reopening at 1200 hours local time today.

Galvestin was closed at 1815 yesterday, Staging for 1130-1200 opening today.

Freeport closed at 1330 yesterday. Staging for 1030 opening today.

Corpus Christi was closed at 1830 on Monday (2 March).

A Dene Fog Advisory is in effect at Houston/Galveston/Freeport until noon CST today. A Gale Watch is in efect from this evening through Thursday morning. There could be intermittent improvements in visibility at times, but the threat of sea fog will persist into the evening. A strong cold front is expected to move off the coast late this evening. Strong north winds are expected behind the front, with frequent gusts to gale force likely into Thursday afternoon. Speeds will very slowly diminish beginning Thursday night and become northeast into the weekend as a coastal trof develops offshore.

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

Ice Condition II: Removal of Steel Hull Restrictions
March 04, 2015, United States, Delaware River

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Delaware Bay is notifying mariners that Ice Condition II has been modified to remove steel hull restrictions on the Delaware Bay, the New Jersey coast south of Shark River, and the Delaware coast.

There have been reports of ice formation that may impact navigation throughout the COTP zone. All masters, ship agents, owners, and operators of all vessels, marine facilities, and marinas should review and adhere to the following Ice Condition II procedures for the Delaware River and its tributaries, the Delaware Bay, and NJ and DE coasts:

* Only steel hull vessels may operate in the Delaware River and its tributaries.

* Steel-hulled only vessels with a 1, 500 minimum shaft horsepower and with integral or recessed keel hull coolers or upper and lower cooling intakes may transit the C & D Canal.

* The Salem River remains closed due to a potential threat to navigation.

* Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted 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 when ice is present.

* 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.

* Mariners are cautioned that buoys may become extinguished or dragged off station and minor lights and day beacons may become destroyed due to ice.

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

(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 # 14-15 dated 4 March 2015

Mooring/unmooring at Banyan Basin, Jurong Island
March 04, 2015, Singapore, Jurong Port

Please refer to Port Marine Notice 143 of 2014 on the Reclamation Work off Temasek Fairway,

West of Jurong Island, valid from 1 December 2014 to 1 June 2015.

During this period, bulk carriers, self propelled barges and pusher tugs with barges in composite unit carrying bulk sand will be transiting the Banyan Basin, Sinki Fairway and Temasek Fairway to the Jurong Island Westward Extension (JIWE) reclamation project area. Masters of vessels and harbour craft shall keep a proper lookout for these vessels, proceed at a safe speed and navigate with extra caution when in the vicinity of the mooring buoys off Bayan Basin, Jurong Island.

The mooring buoys are ‘BBB-1’, ‘BBB-2″, ‘BBB-3’, ‘BBB-4’, ‘BBB-5’ and ‘BBB-6’ with a total of three mooring slots between them. The positions of the mooring buoys are as

follows (WGS 84 Datum):


01 deg. 15.266’N / 103 deg. 41.613’E

Yellow polyethylene buoy Fl .Y.2s.


01 deg. 15.084’N / 103 deg. 41.667’E

Yellow polyethylene buoy Fl .Y.2s.


01 deg. 15.772’N / 103 deg. 41.326’E

Yellow polyethylene buoy Fl .Y.4s.


01 deg. 15.644’N / 103 deg. 41.465’E

Yellow polyethylene buoy Fl .Y.4s.


01 deg. 15.552’N / 103 deg. 41.528’E

Yellow polyethylene buoy Fl .Y.3s.


01 deg. 15.370’N / 103 deg. 41.582’E

Yellow polyethylene buoy Fl .Y.3s.3

They will be used for mooring of the bulk carriers. The mooring and unmooring of vessels will be carried out one at a time during daylight hours between 0700hrs to 1800hrs. The mooring buoys will be removed upon completion of the reclamation.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.24 of 2015 dated 3 March 2015

Removal of wreck northwest of airport
March 04, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately 1 month, removal operation to a wreck will be carried out [northwest of Hong Kong International Airport] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (E):

(A) 22 deg. 19.147’N / 113 deg. 53.580’E

(B) 22 deg. 18.957’N / 113 deg. 53.675’E

(C) 22 deg. 18.899’N / 113 deg. 53.550’E

(D) 22 deg. 18.931’N / 113 deg. 53.430’E

(E) 22 deg. 19.054’N / 113 deg. 53.364’E

Five yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to indicate the works area. The works will be carried out round-the-clock by a group of vessels comprising of one heavy lift vessel, one derrick lighter and two tugs. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit the operational needs.

Vessels engaged in the works will remain in the works area and display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations. Anchor marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the position of anchors extending from the vessels.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep well clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there may be divers working in the works area.

(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.36 of 2015

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