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GAC 01072014National single window reporting formalities
May 12, 2015, Germany, all ports

Effective from 27 May 2015, German Authorities will implement the reporting requirements for vessels according to EC-directive 2010/65/EU (national single window reporting formalities).

This directive is designed to achieve harmonization and simplification of reporting formalities in all European ports and the Kiel-Canal, based on the mandatory electronic data exchange of relevant information between the maritime transport sector and authorities.

The responsible reporting party has to report the relevant information via “National Single Window” only once. The “National Single Window” passes this data to the competent authorities for the respective port visit or for the transit of a vessel through the Kiel Canal.

Please visit www.national-single-window.de/index.html for further information.

However, German legislation has not officially announced required law for this directive; consequently the requirements could be delayed.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC agent

Works at Tuas Terminal Phase 1
May 12, 2015, Singapore, Singapore

With effect from 13 May to 13 November, works will be conducted for the Tuas Terminal Phase 1.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.50 of 2015 dated 12 May 2015, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):

1) 01 deg. 15.651’N / 103 deg. 37.041’E

2) 01 deg. 14.290’N / 103 deg. 37.005’E

3) 01 deg. 14.291’N / 103 deg. 36.979’E

4) 01 deg. 14.200’N / 103 deg. 37.005’E

5) 01 deg. 14.214’N / 103 deg. 37.352’E

6) 01 deg. 14.289’N / 103 deg. 37.443’E

7) 01 deg. 14.994’N / 103 deg. 38.922’E

8) 01 deg. 15.334’N / 103 deg. 38.756’E

9) 01 deg. 15.334’N / 103 deg. 37.135’E

10) 01 deg. 15.651’N / 103 deg. 37.135’E

The works will include reclamation, dredging, soil investigation, and shore protection removal.

Dredging work will be carried out by dredger assisted by tug boats. The dredger will have a circular safety working zone of 70m radius centered at the dredger. Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barges which are assisted by tug boats.

The soil investigation work will involve borehole drilling and vibro-coring using jack-up barge. Tug boats will be used to shift the jack-up barge.

There will be a circular safety zone of 30m radius centered at the borehole.

Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft and vessels of the work.

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 22 (Jurong Control);


e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

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

Dredging off West Coast of Lamma Island
May 12, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

For approximately four weeks, dredging operations will be carried out [off the West Coast of Lamma Island] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (G):

(A) 22 deg. 13.234’N / 114 deg. 06.042’E

(B) 22 deg. 11.000’N / 114 deg. 06.423’E

(C) 22 deg. 10.961’N / 114 deg. 06.277’E

(D) 22 deg. 12.214’N / 114 deg. 06.063’E

(E) 22 deg. 12.728’N / 114 deg. 05.723’E

(F) 22 deg. 13.075’N / 114 deg. 05.710’E

(G) 22 deg. 13.199’N / 114 deg. 05.806’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one grab dredger, three hopper barges, two tug boats and one survey boat. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

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

The works will be carried out round-the-clock.

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.67 of 2015

Traffic to stop for bridge works
May 12, 2015, Turkey, Turkish Straits

Traffic will be halted in the Bosphorus from 05:00 to 17:00 hours local time on Thursday 14 Nay, 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

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