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DREDGING AT CAUSEWAY BAY TYPHOON SHELTER
Hong Kong
DREDGING IN THE EASTERN FAIRWAY
Hong Kong
PORT DEVELOPMENT TO SUPPORT MARITIME HIGHWAY PROGRAM
Indonesia
MARITIME CLUSTER FUND SUPPORT FOR COMPETENCY CERTIFICATE REVALIDATION
Singapore
Dredging at Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter
Friday, October 9, 2015, Hong Kong
For approximately 6 weeks, marine works involving dredging operations will be carried out in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (E) :
(A) 22 deg. 17.062’N / 114 deg. 11.003’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.060’N / 114 deg. 11.020’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.045’N / 114 deg. 11.027’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.042’N / 114 deg. 11.019’E
(E) 22 deg. 17.044’N / 114 deg. 11.000’EThe works will be carried out by one derrick barge.  Three tugs will provide assistance.A working area of approximately 20 metres around the barge will be established.  Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barge.A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area.  The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments.  Yellow markers fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

The hours of work will be from 0700 hours to 1900 hours.  No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays.  Vessel employed for the works will 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)

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.138 of 2015 dated 8 October 2015

Dredging in the Eastern Fairway
Friday, October 9, 2015, Hong Kong
For approximately 4 months, dredging operations will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (G):
(A) 22 deg. 18.057’N / 114 deg. 12.530’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.010’N / 114 deg. 12.647’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.899’N / 114 deg. 12.639’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.916’N / 114 deg. 12.596’E
(E) 22 deg. 17.860’N / 114 deg. 12.596’E
(F) 22 deg. 17.859’N / 114 deg. 12.440’E
(G) 22 deg. 17.975’N / 114 deg. 12.440’EThe works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one grab dredger, four hopper barges, three tug boats and one survey boat. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.A working area of approximately 50 metres around the dredger will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the dredger.The hours of work will be round-the-clock.

Silt curtains, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments.

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)

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.139 of 2015 dated 8 October 2015

Port development to support Maritime Highway Program
Friday, October 9, 2015, Indonesia
The Indonesian Government has announced plans to develop 24 commercial ports, 100 non-commercial ports and the procurement of vessels between 2015 and 2019 in support of its Maritime Highway Program.The five hub ports that have been targeted for development are:

  • Belawan/Kuala Tanjung
  • Tanjung Priok/Kali Baru
  • Tanjung Perak
  • Makassar
  • Bitung

The plan also targets 19 feeder ports, namely:  Malahayati, Batam, Jambi (Tanlang Duku), Palembang, Panjang, Teluk Bayur, Tanjung Emas/Semarang, Pontianak, Banjarmasin, Sampit, Balikpapan/Kariangau, Samarinda/Palaran, Tenau/Kupang, Pantoloan, Ternate, Kendari, Sorong, Ambon and Jayapura.

Development is aimed at supporting Indonesia’s ambitious maritime highway construction plan which aims to transform the country into one of the world’s maritime axes for container trade.

For further details and information about operations in Indonesia, contact PT Andhika GAC atshipping.indonesia@gac.com

Maritime cluster fund support for competency certificate revalidation
Friday, October 9, 2015, Singapore
Holders of Singapore-issued certificates of competency (CoCs) need to revalidate their CoCs to meet the requirements of the 2010 Manila amendments to the International Convention on Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW2010) and to be able to serve on board a ship.CoCs issued by Singapore in compliance with the 1995 amendments to the STCW are valid up to 31 December 2016. Holders of existing Singapore-issued CoCs are required to take up additional courses in order to comply with the competency requirements of the 2010 Manila amendments to the STCW, and are advised to refer to Shipping Circular No. 10 of 2014 for the details of additional training required.To minimise the financial burden resulting from the revalidation exercise, MPA will be providing Maritime Cluster Fund – Manpower Development (MCF-MD) co-funding support for local seafarers (Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents) to attend appropriate STCW courses required to revalidate their Singapore-issued CoCs.The general guidelines of MCF-MD support are asfollows:

a. Eligibility: All Singapore Citizens and Singapore Permanent Residents on self-sponsorship or company-sponsorship holding Singapore-issued CoCs;

b. Validity of scheme: Covers
i. All revalidation courses conducted and completed by 31 December 2016; and
ii. Retrospective funding support for locals who have completed the CoC revalidation courses from 25 June 2014 onwards;

c. Supportable courses: List of mandatory CoC revalidation course types approved by MPA and as listed in Shipping Circular No. 10 of 2014; and performed in Training institutes, in Singapore;

d. Co-funding level from MCF-MD: 70% co-funding support of qualifying course fees.

Queries regarding revalidation of CoCs should be emailed to coc@mpa.gov.sg or addressed to Capt I G Sangameswar at Tel no. (65) 6375 6205 or Mr. Zulfiqur Husain (for Marine Engineer Officers) at Tel: (65) 375 6218.

Queries regarding MCF support should be emailed to mcf@mpa.gov.sg or addressed to Ms Suhaizianti Talib at Tel no. (65) 6375 1203.

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

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Shipping Circular To Shipowners No.24 of 2015 dated 8 October 2015

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