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GAC 01072014Fleet Week 2015
May 21, 2015, United States, New York, NewYork

The following waterway restrictions are in effect in the Hudson River and Upper Bay during Fleet Week 2015 (20-26 May):

No vessels are authorized within the restricted area around the Stapleton Homeport Pier on Staten Island from 4:00 a.m., May 20, 2015 through 8:00 p.m., May 26, 2015.

No vessels are authorized within 250 yards of the Manhattan Cruise Terminal on the Hudson River between the south east corner of Pier 86 and the northeast corner of Pier 92, from 4:00 a.m., Wednesday, May 20, 2015 through 8:00 p.m., Tuesday, May 26, 2015, with the exception of scheduled cruise ship arrivals and departures.

During the parade of ships, commercial passenger vessels on established ferry routes may need to pass through the parade of ships within the 500 yard Naval Vessel Protection Zone boundary. Commercial passenger vessels that need to transit through the military warship section of the parade must make passing arrangements with the Coast Guard and receive authorization to cross via VHF Ch 13. Passenger vessels must pass a minimum distance of 250 yards from all military warships. Vessels must operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain safe course while crossing the parade formation and take all direction that may be provided by the Coast Guard or Naval warship.

All vessel traffic in the Hudson River and Upper Bay shall transit to the west of the parade column and shall operate at the minimum speed necessary to maintain safe course.

The potential exists for unanticipated delays due to ship movement and/or implementation of additional vessel controls with little or no warning within the Port of NY/NJ from Wednesday, May 20 through Tuesday, May 26, 2015.

For the most up to date information on current restrictions please contact VTS New York at (718) 354-4088.

Entry into or movement within the restricted zones is prohibited unless authorized by the Coast Guard Captain of the Port or a designated on-scene representative. Any person violating this regulation is subject to a penalty of up to $50, 000 and/or imprisonment for not more than 5 years.

Additional waterway information is available at: homeport.uscg.mil/newyork

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

Temporary Loading Facility at former airport runway
May 21, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong

A temporary loading facility has been established at the former Kai Tak Airport Runway.

The facility has one discharging platform protruding about 9 metres seawards from the runway. The temporary loading facility will operate for a period of approximately 8 months.

From time to time, lighter or barge will berth at the facility within the operation area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:

(A) 22 deg. 18.804’N / 114 deg. 12.245’E

(B) 22 deg. 18.792’N / 114 deg. 12.233’E

(C) 22 deg. 18.857’N / 114 deg. 12.159’E

(D) 22 deg. 18.873’N / 114 deg. 12.176’E

(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.71 of 2015

Southeast Asian Games Sailing Competition 2015
May 21, 2015, Singapore, Singapore

The Southeast Asian (SEA) Games Sailing Competition 2015 will be held from 04 June 2015 to 14 June 2015.

In conjunction with the SEA Games Sailing Competition 2015 and in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 43 (c) of the MARITIME AND PORT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE ACT (CHAPTER 170A), the Port Master hereby prohibits all vessels, unless authorized by the Port Master,

from entering, anchoring, mooring, transiting or being in the area as stated in paragraph 3.

The area referred to in this Notice is bounded by the following co-ordinates:

1) 01 deg. 18.966’N / 103 deg. 58.700’E

2) 01 deg. 18.000’N / 103 deg. 58.700’E

3) 01 deg. 18.000’N / 103 deg. 57.220’E

4) 01 deg. 18.700’N / 103 deg. 57.220’E

The dates and times during which the Prohibited Area will be brought into effect are as follows:

04 Jun 2015 1000hrs – 1900hrs

05 Jun 2015 1000hrs – 1900hrs

06 Jun 2015 1000hrs – 1900hrs

07 Jun 2015 1000hrs – 1900hrs

08 Jun 2015 1000hrs – 1900hrs

09 Jun 2015 1000hrs – 1900hrs

10 Jun 2015 1000hrs – 1900hrs

11 Jun 2015 1000hrs – 1900hrs

12 Jun 2015 1000hrs – 1900hrs

13 Jun 2015 1000hrs – 1900hrs

14 Jun 2015 1000hrs – 1900hrs

Further enquiries relating to the conduct and schedule of the SEA Games Sailing Competition

can be directed to the Singapore Sailing Federation (Attn: Chung Pei Ming) at Tel: 9765-2390 (email: peiming@singaporesailing.org.sg).

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:

a) Keep clear of the area;

b) Maintain a proper lookout;

c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;

d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 12 (East Control);


e) Communicate with East Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if required.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.53 of 2015

Anchorage closure 21-24 May
May 21, 2015, Australia, Port Kembla

The Harbour Master at Port Kembla has advised that due to severe weather forecast (high winds/swell conditions), the anchorage has been closed to shipping from 1245 today (21 May).

All vessels at anchorage have been instructed to proceed to sea greater than 12NM off the coast until further notice.

Present indication the anchorage will remain closed until about Sunday 24 May, subject to weather forecast.

The port remains open to all shipping movements and present not affected by forecast weather conditions.

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

New terminal charges
May 21, 2015, Turkey, Derince

With effect from 15 May, the following items are being charged to operations performed at Safi International Derince Port.

* 500 USD will be charged per bunkering or FW supply by barge

* 100 USD will be charged per bunkering or FW supply by truck

* 100 USD will be charged per truck for the provision/stores supply

* 10 USD will charged per head for the crew change operations

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

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