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GEOPHYSICAL SURVEY OFF SHAM TSENG
Hong Kong
JOAQUIN EXPECTED TO MOVE AWAY FROM BERMUDA
Bermuda
Relocation of temporary navigation channels for link road construction
Monday, October 5, 2015, Hong Kong
For approximately one month, the northeast-bound temporary navigation channel across the works area of the Hong Kong Link Road is shifted eastwards for about 100 metres to facilitate the bridge pier column construction works.The lateral light buoys and fixed red lights marking this channel are relocated to the following positions (WGS 84 Datum):LATERAL LIGHT BUOYS:
LR1) 22 deg. 16.323’N / 113 deg. 51.805’E
LR2) 22 deg. 16.352’N / 113 deg. 51.723’E
LR3) 22 deg. 16.425’N / 113 deg. 51.846’E
LR4) 22 deg. 16.453’N / 113 deg. 51.764’EFIXED RED LIGHTS:
FR1) 22 deg. 16.511’N / 113 deg. 51.882’E
FR2) 22 deg. 16.539’N / 113 deg. 51.798’E

The southwest-bound navigation channel will remain unchanged.  Guard boats will be stationed at the approaches to the navigation channels to give necessary guidance to the vessels approaching the navigation channels.

Upon the completion of the above-mentioned pier column construction works, the northeast-bound temporary navigation channel and its associated marking buoys and lights will be shifted back to their original locations as specified in Marine Department Notice No. 123 of 2014.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and follow the guidance given by the guard boats on scene.

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

Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.136 of 2015

Geophysical Survey off Sham Tseng
Monday, October 5, 2015, Hong Kong
From 5 October 2015 and for approximately one week, geophysical survey 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. 21.828’N / 114 deg. 03.983’E
(B) 22 deg. 21.758’N / 114 deg. 04.026’E
(C) 22 deg. 21.758’N / 114 deg. 03.761’E
(D) 22 deg. 21.881’N / 114 deg. 03.838’EThe geophysical survey works will be carried out by a survey vessel travelling at a speed about 2-3 knots as well as towing a side scan sensor approximately 5 metres astern of the vessel.  One guard boat will provide assistance.A working area of approximately 25 metres around the survey vessel will be established.The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours.  Vessels engaged in the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

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)

Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.136 of 2015

Joaquin expected to move away from Bermuda
Monday, October 5, 2015, Bermuda
A Tropical Storm Warning is in effect for Bermuda……At 500am AST (0900 UTC), the center of Hurricane Joaquin was located near latitude 34.1 North, longitude 65.2 West. Joaquin is moving toward the north-northeast near 13 mph (20 km/h), and a turn toward the northeast and east-northeast is expected over the next 48 hours.  On the forecast track, the center of Joaquin will move away from Bermuda today.Maximum sustained winds are near 85 mph (140 km/h) with higher gusts.  Gradual weakening is forecast during the next 48 hours.Hurricane force winds extend outward up to 60 miles (95 km) from the center and tropical storm force winds extend outward up to 205 miles (335 km).  A sustained wind speed of 39mph (63 km/h) and a gust to 55mph (89 km/h) were recently reported at the Bermuda International Airport.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 964 mb (28.47 inches).

HAZARDS AFFECTING LAND
WIND: Tropical storm conditions will continue to affect Bermuda this morning.
STORM SURGE: Water levels should gradually subside today. Near the coast, the surge will be accompanied by large and potentially damaging waves.
RAINFALL: Rain will diminish across Bermuda this morning as Joaquin moves away from the area.
SURF: Swells generated by Joaquin will continue to affect portions of the Bahamas during the next day or so.  Swells are affecting much of the east coast of the United States and will spread northward along the coast of Atlantic Canada during the next day or two. These swells are likely to cause life-threatening surf and rip current conditions.  Even though Joaquin is passing well east of the coast of the United States, a prolonged period of elevated water levels and large waves will affect the mid-Atlantic region, causing significant beach and dune erosion with moderate coastal flooding likely.

(For information about operations in the Americas, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: National Hurricane Center, Miami Fl, Hurricane Joaquin Advisory No.31 issued at 500am AST on Monday October 5 2015

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