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Works at Tuas Terminal Phase 1
Friday, January 8, 2016, Singapore
The working period has been revised for Phase 1 of works at Tuas Terminal.According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.03 of 2016 dated 4 January 2016, the works will now be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – from 21 January to 21 July – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 15.651’N / 103 deg. 37.040’E
2) 01 deg. 14.290’N / 103 deg. 37.039’E
3) 01 deg. 14.290’N / 103 deg. 36.979’E
4) 01 deg. 14.200’N / 103 deg. 37.005’E
5) 01 deg. 14.214’N / 103 deg. 37.352’E
6) 01 deg. 14.290’N / 103 deg. 37.444’E
7) 01 deg. 14.289’N / 103 deg. 38.553’E
8) 01 deg. 14.548’N / 103 deg. 39.133’E
9) 01 deg. 15.003’N / 103 deg. 38.920’E
10) 01 deg. 15.334’N / 103 deg. 38.756’E
11) 01 deg. 15.334’N / 103 deg. 37.135’E
12) 01 deg. 15.488’N / 103 deg. 37.135’E
13) 01 deg. 15.651’N / 103 deg. 37.135’EThe works will include reclamation, dredging, soil investigation, and shore protection removal.

Dredging  work  will  be  carried  out  by  dredger  assisted  by  tug  boats. The dredger will have a circular safety working zone of 70m radius centered at the dredger. Dredged materials  will  be  transported  to  the  designated dumping ground by the hopper barges which are assisted by tug boats.

The  soil  investigation  work  will  involve  borehole  drilling  and  vibro-coring using  jack-up barge.  Tug boats will be used to shift the jack-up barge. There will be a circular safety zone of 30m radius centered at the borehole.

Safety  boats  will  be  deployed  in  the  vicinity  of  the  working  area  to  warn other craft and vessels of the work.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear and not to enter the working area ;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control);
e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

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

Marine works off Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter
Friday, January 8, 2016, Hong Kong
For approximately 6 months, piling works 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 breakwater:
(A) 22 deg. 17.157’N / 114 deg. 11.008’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.185’N / 114 deg. 11.003’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.208’N / 114 deg. 11.117’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.187’N / 114 deg. 11.121’EThe works will be carried out by one derrick barge and one tug boat.A working area of approximately 50 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.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels 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 Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.2 of 2016

Expansion 96% complete
Friday, January 8, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
The Panama Canal Authority has announced that the Panama Canal expansion project is 96% complete……The main activities during the coming months are:
* Continue with locals reinforcements by GUPC, which are scheduled to be completed by mid-January 2016, followed by the testing of locks reinforcements and additional testing.
* Transit tests with a chartered vessel in the Atlantic locks possibly initiating in April, following  conversations with GUPC.
* The expansion’s inaugural date will be tentatively scheduled for the second quarter of 2016.
* Thereafter, the commercial opening date will be set.The ACP [Panama Canal Authority] is expanding the Canal to allow it to continue serving the maritime industry and world shipping and is committed for the long haul. Therefore, quality and testing of the expansion components is critical. The [Authority] will provide updates on the status of the project as progress and information is made available.

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

Source: Extract from Panama Canal Authority Monthly Canal Operations Summary – December 2015

Modifications to California State ballast water regulations for 2016
Friday, January 8, 2016, California, USA
In 2015, the California Legislature passed Assembly Bill (AB) 1312. This bill changed the requirement for submitting the Ballast Water Reporting Form from “upon departure” to “24 hours in advance of arrival” at a California port.If a vessel’s voyage is less than 24 hours, then the form shall be submitted upon departure from the last port of call prior to arrival.AB 1312 also delayed the implementation of both the California interim and final ballast water discharge performance standards. The new implementation schedule for the interim standards is as follows:
Newly built vessels – First arrival on or after January 1, 2020;
Existing vessels – First dry docking on or after January 1, 2020;
The implementation date for the final performance standards has been delayed until January 1, 2030.

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

New Transport Safety Dues
Friday, January 8, 2016, Murmansk, Russia
From 16 January 2016, new Transport Safety Dues will be applied at Murmansk port.The rates for all types of vessels are as follows:FOREIGN FLAG
– Rate: 1.10 RUR
– Formula (in+out): 1.10 x Reduced GT x 2

– Rate: 0.70 RUR
– Formula (in+out): 0.70 x Reduced GT x 2

Dry Bulk/General
– Rate: 1.00 RUR
– Formula (in+out): 1.00 x Reduced GT x 2

– Rate: 0.28 RUR
– Formula (in+out): 0.28 x Reduced GT x 2

– Rate: 0.18 RUR
– Formula (in+out): 0.18 x Reduced GT x 2

Dry Bulk/General
– Rate: 0.25 RUR
– Formula (in+out): 0.25 x Reduced GT x 2

For information about operations in Russia, contact GAC Russia at russia@gac.com

Delays expected after collision
Friday, January 8, 2016, Kiel Canal, Germany
Heavy delays are expected in the Kiel Canal, following a collision near Rendsburg between a vessel in transit and a local suspension ferry at about 07:00 hours this morning (8 January).UPDATE 1 – 1050 local time: The Kiel Canal Autorities have announced that due to salvage of the Rendsburg suspension ferry, the Brunsbuttel and Kiel-Holtenau locks will be closed until at least 1400 hours today. No traffic is being allowed to pass the ferry site.UPDATE 2 – 1635 local time:  The salvage of the Rendsburg suspension ferry has been completed and the Kiel Canal is back in service.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

Rescheduled closure for bridge works
Friday, January 8, 2016, Bosphorus, Turkey
Following the cancellation of the planned closure of the Bosphorus tomorrow (9 January), the waterway will be closed to traffic between 05:00 and 16:00 hours local time on Sunday 10 January, due works on the 3. bridge (Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge).For information about operations in the Turkish Straits contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

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