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GAC 01072014Wilmington Harbour annual dredging
August 04, 2015, United States, Wilmington (Delaware)

The dredge ESSEX along with support equipment, including tender boats DUKE, NORFOLK and PUSHER 10, will commence dredging operations at Wilmington Harbour on the Christina River, in Delaware, beginning August 3, 2015, until September 20, 2015.

All mariners are requested to stay clear of the dredge, booster, floating pipe, pontoon pipes, submerged pipelines, barges, derricks and operation wires around the dredge.

Operators of vessels of all types should be aware that the dredge and floating pipelines are held in place by cables, attached to anchors, some distance away from the equipment. Buoys are attached to the anchors so that the anchors may be moved as the dredge advances and the location of the submerged pipelines are marked by buoys on either side of the channel.

Mariners are cautioned to strictly comply with the Rules of the Road when approaching, passing and leaving the area of operations and remain a safe distance away from all the dredging related equipment. Locations of floating and submerged pipelines will be broadcasted for the safety of vessel traffic during the project.

Dredging operations will be 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; the operator will be standing by on VHF Channel 13 and 16 for passing arrangements. Traffic should call 30 minutes prior to expected time of passing.

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

Source: Extracts from U.S. Coast Guard, Sector Delaware Bay, Marine Safety Information Bulletin 28-15 dated 1 August 2015

Opening of new Canal
August 04, 2015, Egypt, Suez Canal

The new Suez Canal shall be opened for navigation on [Thursday] 06/08/1015.

Traffic system in the Suez Canal including the new Canal shall be as follows:

a- Number of convoys: Two convoys

* The Southbound convoy starts at 0330- direct transit.

* The Northbound convoy starts at 0400- direct transit.

b- Limit Time of Arrival

* Port Said: South of lat. 31 28 .7 N Limited by long. 32 37.43 E. at 2300.

* Port Tewfik. North of lat. 29 42. 8 N. limited by long. 32 23 .1 E & Long. 32 41 .5 E. at 2300

Pilotage system is applied as before.

The permissible speed:

16 km / hr. for ordinary vessels

14 km / hr. for Tankers.

The New Suez Canal has been equipped with navigational aids: (buoys, bollard pulls and pilotage stations).

Amended Suez Canal Rules of Navigation, August edition 2015 has been issued.

Electronic Charts have been issued for the new Suez Canal.

The charts, Rules of Navigation and publications are available at Edward Company for Maritime Services:



Enhancing the safety of LNG, LPG and tankers with SC tugs.

(For information about operations in the Suez Canal contact GAC Egypt at suezcanal@gac.com)

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