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Helsinki, Finland
Hong Kong
Mobile River, USA
Cruise ship grey water/sewage dumping
Monday, November 16, 2015, Helsinki, Finland
From 2016 onwards, the Port of Helsinki will apply new waste management pricing model to intensify the use of the available grey water/sewage treatment facilities.Cruise ships that continue to dump grey water or sewage into fragile Baltic Sea instead of shore side facilities at the port will be subject to higher waste management fees.Further, by bringing waste waters ashore, normal waste management a fee will be applied, thus offering a financial incentive for cruise lines to bring waste waters ashore.As per the Port of Helsinki’s price list for 2016 received today, the new waste management fee will be charged as follows:

If grey water/sewage is not discharged in the Port of Helsinki:
NRT x 0, 1610 (min EUR 300, -, max EUR 3800, -)

If grey water/sewage is discharged in the Port of Helsinki:
NRT x 0, 1288 (min EUR 240, -, max EUR 3040, -)

For information about operations in Finland contact GAC Finland at shipping.finland@gac.com

Submarine outfall inspection works off typhoon shelter
Monday, November 16, 2015, Hong Kong
For approximately one week, submarine outfall inspection works will be carried (off Cheung Chau Typhoon Shelter)out in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 12.761’N / 114 deg. 01.009’E
(B) 22 deg. 12.734’N / 114 deg. 01.014’E
(C) 22 deg. 12.721’N / 114 deg. 00.924’E
(D) 22 deg. 12.748’N / 114 deg. 00.919’EThe works will be carried out by a work boat. One guard boat will provide assistance. A working area of approximately 25 metres around the work boat will be established.The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1700 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels engaged in the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during 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 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 at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Marine Department Notice No.161 of 2015

Temporary obstruction of river
Monday, November 16, 2015, Mobile River, USA
There will be a partial blockage of the Mobile River on or about Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from approximately 0600 until 1500 in the Mobile River in the vicinity of Austal Shipyard and BAE shipyard to facilitate the roll out and launching of the LCS 12.During the operations, there will be limited passing of vessels in that location.  There may be times during the operations that vessels can proceed at a slow bell in that vicinity but only after agreement from the on scene Harbor Pilots.The Harbor Pilots will be conducting the movement of the LCS and they can be reached on channel 13 or 65 VHF/FM to arrange for passing arrangements, if deemed possible.The Contact person for Austal Shipyard is Jim Mackie and can be reached at (251) 445-5932.

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

Source: Alabama State Port Authority Harbormaster Notice To Shipping No. 12-15

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