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Hong Kong
Helsinki, Finland
Lake Charles, USA
Freeport, USA
Delaware River, USA
Mobile River, USA
Laying of power cable
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Hong Kong
From 20 November 2015 and for a period of approximately 10 months, marine works involving dredging operations, laying of power cable and backfilling operations will be carried out [from Liu Ko Ngam to Pak Sha Tau Tsui, Crooked Island] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (C), and (D) to (F) and the adjacent shorelines:
(A) 22  deg. 31.991’N / 114  deg. 17.208’E
(B) 22  deg. 31.892’N / 114  deg. 17.165’E
(C) 22  deg. 31.705’N / 114  deg. 16.889’E
(D) 22  deg. 31.706’N / 114  deg. 16.686’E
(E) 22  deg. 31.863’N / 114  deg. 16.686’E
(F) 22  deg. 32.057’N / 114  deg. 17.156’EThe works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one cable-laying barge, one derrick barge, one hopper barge, one flat top barge, some tug boats and work boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.A working area of approximately 150 metres around the cable-laying barge and 50 metres around the other work barges will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from these barges.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels engaged in the works will 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.

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 at a slow speed and keep clear of the barges, bearing in mind that there are divers working in the area.

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

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.162 of 2015 dated 16 November 2015

New cruise passenger visits record
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Helsinki, Finland
Despite a decline in ship call volumes (total 254, 7 less than the 2014 figure), the port of Helsinki reports a record year in terms of cruise passenger visits in 2015.A total of 436, 500 passenger visited port in 2015, 4% more than in 2014.For information about operations in Finland contact GAC Finland at shipping.finland@gac.com

Condition Yellow declared as weather deteriorates
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Lake Charles, USA
Due to an approaching front and rapidly deteriorating weather conditions, Lake Charles pilots have suspended services until the front has cleared the area.In light of the Tornado Watch currently in place, Condition Yellow was declared at the port yesterday (17 November).For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

Channel closure
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Freeport, USA
Freeport Bar was closed yesterday morning (17 November) due to bad weather and high winds.For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

Bridge repainting and improvement works
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Delaware River, USA
Repainting and miscellaneous improvements will be performed from mid-November 2015 through December 31, 2017, at the Interstate 276/Delaware River Turnpike Bridge across the Delaware River, at Nile 121.2, in Bristol Township, PA and Burlington Township, NJ.All work on the bridge superstructure will be performed 7am to 7pm during the week and 6am to 6pm on the weekends.The overhead work will never occupy more than 55% of the channel and will reduce the vertical clearance by 5 ft.

The construction company can be contacted at 856-429-3400.

Mariners should use extreme caution when transiting the area.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GHAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: Mariners’ Advisory Committee for the Bay & River Delaware Navigation Notice dated 16 November 2015

Partial river blockage postponed due to bad weather
Wednesday, November 18, 2015, Mobile River, USA
Due to inclement weather, the Austal LCS roll out and related temporary river obstruction of the Mobile River planned for today (18 November) has been delayed by 24 hours.The roll out will commence at 0600 tomorrow morning,  November 19, 2015.  All other details remain the same. The partial blockage will last until 1500 hours local time.For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

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