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GAC 01072014Chai Wan Cargo Handling Basin Marine Site Investigation
April 20, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately two weeks, marine site investigation works involving drilling of boreholes will be carried out [inside Chai Wan Cargo Handling Basin] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:

(A) 22 deg. 16.170’N / 114 deg. 14.525’E

(B) 22 deg. 16.183’N / 114 deg. 14.542’E

(C) 22 deg. 16.155’N / 114 deg. 14.565’E

(D) 22 deg. 16.143’N / 114 deg. 14.549’E

The works will be carried out by one flat top barge. Some tugs will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around the barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barge.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works areas 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.52 of 2015

Port closed due to severe weather
April 20, 2015, Australia, Port Kembla

Port Kembla’s Harbour Master has advised that the port has been closed due to worsening weather conditions.

Port Kembla is experiencing winds in excess of 40 knots at stages and high seas at the entrance & approaches to the port, making boarding operations, ship handling and tug operations extremely hazardous.

For the latest Bureau of Metrology forecasts and warnings go to:




For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Naval celebrations in the Dardanelles
April 20, 2015, Turkey, Turkish Straits

Due to naval celebrations, the Dardanelles will be closed to transits between 0800 and 2000 hours on Thursday 23 April and Friday 24 April.

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

Children’s Day public holiday
April 20, 2015, Turkey, all ports

All official institutions and banks in Turkey will be closed on Thursday 23 April due to the Children’s Day public holiday.

Advance arrangements for crew, spares, provisions, etc. should therefore be made in good time to ensure clearance and delivery to vessels.

Some ports may be closed on Children’s Day and fees for official services (pilotage, towage, mooring, customs) will be increased by 50%. Therefore, it is recommended to check with GAC Turkey before calling at any Turkish port. GAC Istanbul will be on duty during the holiday.

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

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