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GAC 01072014Tin Hau Festival
April 28, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

The Tin Hau Festival at Tai Miu Wan will be celebrated this year on 11 May 2015.

Coxswains, owners and operators of local vessels are advised that arrangements for embarkation and disembarkation will only be made at the western side of the main pier of Tai Miu Wan, whereas the eastern side of the main pier will be used by licensed ferries.

A ferry service between North Point Ferry Pier and the Tai Miu Wan pier will be operated on 10 May and 11 May 2015. Details of the ferry service will be announced by the Transport Department in due course.

The Marine Department and the Hong Kong Police Force patrol launches will be stationed in the vicinity to direct and control vessels attending the festival.

Persons-in-charge of local vessels are strongly reminded to ensure that vessels shall not carry more passengers than they are certified to carry. As only one set of landing steps will be available for use by local vessels, persons-in-charge of local vessels must exercise extreme care, patience and good seamanship and follow the berthing/unberthing instructions of the Marine Department and the Hong Kong Police Force patrol launches on the scene.

Masters of vessels navigating in the Tathong Channel on the above dates are advised to proceed with caution as more local traffic than normal will be encountered between Lei Yue Mun and Tai Miu Wan.

(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.57 of 2015

Closure to traffic for bridge works
April 28, 2015, Turkey, Turkish Straits

The Bosphorus will be closed to traffic from 0500 to 1700 hours on Thursday 30 April, due to works on the 3. bridge (Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge).

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

Three day holiday
April 28, 2015, Turkey, all ports

Due to a 3-day holiday in Turkey from Friday 1 May (Labour Day), official institutions and banks in Turkey will be closed on 1 May and the weekend.

Arrangements for crew, and vessel spares/provisions, during this period should be made in good time ahead of the holiday.

Some ports may be closed on Labour Day and charge for official services (pilotage, towage, mooring, customs) increased by 50%. Therefore, please check prior to calling at any Turkish Port.

GAC Turkey will be on duty during the holiday.

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

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