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United States, Delaware River
Panama, Panama Canal
World Holidays: 27 September-10 October 2015
COUNTRY: Worldwide
Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the following:Sun 27 Sep – Mid-Autumn Day (China, Taiwan)Sun 27 Sep – Binara Full Moon Poya Day (Sri Lanka)Mon 28 Sep – Holiday (adjustment) for Mid-Autumn Festival (Taiwan)

Thu 1 Oct – Cyprus Independence Day

Thu 1 Oct – Hong Kong National Day

Thu 1 Oct – Nigeria National Day

Thu 1 Oct-Wed 7 Oct – China National Day

Fri 2 Oct – Gandhi Jayanti (India)

Sat 3 Oct – German Unity Day

Tue 6 Oct – Egypt Armed Forces Day

Tue 6 Oct – Turkmenistan National Memorial Day

Fri 9 Oct – Holiday (adjustment) for Taiwan National Day (Taiwan)

Sat 10 Oct – Taiwan National Day


For information about operations around the world contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found under ‘GAC Worldwide’ at gac.com

Papal Visit Security Zone Update
September 26, 2015, United States, Delaware River
The US Coast Guard Waterways Management Division has advised that vessels exiting the Ben Franklin Bridge zone will be free to do so between 0100 and 0500 every morning. At all other times, they will be required to be boarded and must request entry one hour prior to entering the zone.During the times of enforcement at the Airport Security Zone all vessel traffic will be stopped – vessels in the zone / at MCA will be boarded and remain until the zone is reopened – vessels wishing to enter the zone will be denied entry until the zone is reopened. 

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

Suspension of locks lane outage
September 26, 2015, Panama, Panama Canal
The critical phases of the repairs and maintenance work at Pedro Miguel, Miraflores and Gatun Locks, as detailed in Advisory to Shipping No.A-29-2015, will be completed during this weekend.As the number of ships waiting to transit the Canal has increased considerably, the remaining work is being postponed to meet customers’ need. Therefore, normal transit operations will resume as soon as the aforementioned maintenance work is completed. 

As a result, and in accordance with the rules governing the Transit Regulation System, Condition 1 will be reestablished beginning Tuesday, September 29, 2015.


Applications for reserved transits under Condition 1 will be received beginning at 0900 hours on Saturday, September 26, 2015. The Just-In-Time (JIT) slots available for supers and regular vessels, as well as the booking slots available through the Auction Process, and the slots available for regular vessels less than 30o feet in LOA, will also be available.


(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay atgac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-30-2015 dated 25 September 2015

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