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Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Singapore, Singapore
Egypt, Suez Canal
Inspection and repair works
August 14, 2015, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
For approximately eight weeks, underwater CCTV inspection and repair works for the cathodic protection system of the Eastern Harbour Crossing will be carried out 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. 17.902’N / 114 deg. 13.785’E

(B) 22 deg. 17.881’N / 114 deg. 13.748’E

(C) 22 deg. 17.916’N / 114 deg. 13.727’E

(D) 22 deg. 17.923’N / 114 deg. 13.742’E


The works will involve diving operations from time to time using the abutting seawall as the base of operation. One work boat will provide assistance.


The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. The work boat employed for the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.


Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the area.


(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong atshipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.108 of 2015

Deployment of acoustic doppler current profiler
August 14, 2015, Singapore, Singapore
From 17 August to 23 September, an acoustic doppler profiler will be deployed off Pulayu Semakau, Pulau Sudon, Sisters’ Islands and Southern Island, within the working area at the following deployment locations (WGS 84 Datum):1) 01 ̊deg. 13.650’N / 103 deg. 50.540’E

2) 01 deg. 13.370’N / 103 deg. 51.650’E

3) 01 deg. 13.000’N / 103 deg. 51.180’E

4) 01 deg. 12.830’N / 103 deg. 49.900’E

5) 01 ̊deg. 12.700’N / 103 deg. 50.200’E

6) 01 deg. 11.110’N / 103 deg. 45.900’E

7) 01 ̊deg. 12.780’N / 103 deg. 43.920’E

8) 01 deg. 12.510’N / 103 deg. 47.080’E


Working Hours: From 0900 hours to 1700 hours daily including Sundays.


Work boats will be used to deploy the acoustic doppler current profiler.


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

a) Keep well clear of the deployment locations;

b)Maintain a proper lookout;

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

d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channels

12 & 68 (East Control & West Control respectively);


e) Communicate with East Control and West

Control on VHF Channel 12 & 68 respectively

for assistance, if required.


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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Circular No.83 of 2015

Canal transit cancellation charges
August 14, 2015, Egypt, Suez Canal
The Suez Canal Authority has announced that following the completion of the latest development phase, the rules of navigation edition August 2015 are in effect since 13 August. 

Booked transits may be cancelled or altered by notice to the Suez Canal Authority offices at least 12 hours before the booked date, otherwise, the vessel shall be charged for cancellation. For ULCCs, VLCCs, LNG carriers and similar vessels, the charge will be USD 3000, due to the special arrangements made, such as escorting by tugs, etc.


For cancellation of a transit after the ship has been enlisted in the convoy USD 5000 will be charged.


In summary:

– Ships booked for transit will not be fined if cancellation is made more than 12 hours ahead of convoy time.

– If cancellation takes place 12 hours or less before convoy time, large ships will be charged USD 3, 000, and smaller ships USD 1, 000.

– Cancellation fees will be USD 5, 000 if cancellation is made while entering the Canal.


The updated Suez Canal rules of navigation book will be issued shortly.


For information about operations in the Suez Canal contact GAC Egypt atsuezcanal@gac.com

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