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Hong Kong
Hay Point, Australia
Freeport TX, USA
Submarine Outfall Inspection Works off Black Point Power Station
Monday, February 8, 2016, Hong Kong
From 11 February and for approximately one week, submarine outfall inspection works will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 24.746’N / 113 deg. 54.142’E
(B) 22 deg. 24.710’N / 113 deg. 54.182’E
(C) 22 deg. 24.602’N / 113 deg. 54.065’E
(D) 22 deg. 24.645’N / 113 deg. 54.024’EThe works will be carried out by two derrick lighters. One tug and one work boat will provide assistance.A working area of approximately 50 metres will be established around each derrick lighter. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the derrick lighters.The hours of work will be from 0800 to 2000 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.

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: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.19  of 2016 dated 1 February 2016

Coal terminal suspends shipping movements
Monday, February 8, 2016, Hay Point, Australia
Shipping movements at Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal in the port of Hay Point have been suspended due to a Strong Wind Warning and excessive moisture levels at port stockpiles as a safety precaution.The berthing of vessels will be reviewed again tomorrow morning.The Port of Hay Point is not officially closed by the Harbour Master, as this is only a terminal decision.A broad area of low pressure lies over inland tropical Queensland, leading to a mostly northwest to northeasterly wind flow extending through North Queensland waters. A slow moving surface trough lies just offshore of Bowen, with a fresh to strong southeasterly wind flow extending over areas west and south of the trough. The trough will move northwards over the next few days, most likely reaching Cooktown waters by late Monday and Cape Melville byTuesday afternoon.

Monday 8 February until midnight – Strong Wind Warning for Monday for Mackay Coast. Winds Southeasterly 25 to 30 knots. Seas 1 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres offshore. Swell Below 0.5 metres. Weather Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm north of Hamilton Island in the late morning and afternoon.
Tuesday 9 February – Strong Wind Warning for Tuesday for Mackay CoastWinds Southeasterly 25 to 30 knots. Seas 1.5 to 2.5 metres. Swell Below 0.5 metres. Weather Partly cloudy. 40% chance of showers.
Wednesday 10 February – Winds Southeasterly 20 to 25 knots. Seas 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2.5 metres offshore. Swell Below 0.5 metres.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Draft restrictions for Seaway Terminals
Monday, February 8, 2016, Freeport TX, USA
Effective immediately the Brazos Pilots recommend imposing the following draft recommendations for vessels calling at Seaway Terminals 2 and 3:MAXIMUM RECOMMENDED DRAFT 38’ FRESH WATERVessels with a draft of 38’ Fresh water will only be handled with a minimum positive tide of 0+ FT above MLW.THIS MEANS VESSELS WITH MORE THAN 38FT FRESH WATER DRAFT MAY EXPERIENCE DELAYS WAITING ON HIGH TIDE FOR TRANSIT.

This recommendation is applicable to Seaway Terminals 2 and 3 and does not indicate depths of the Federal channel. Seaway has advised they have dredging scheduled for the terminal in the near future.

We are aware that vessels may have already loaded above 38’ FW and are in transit to Port Freeport, we will make every effort to have minimal delays as water is available, All future loading of vessels should be loaded to the maximum draft outlined above. Tide predictions do not include the effect of wind which may affect tidal levels.


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

Source: Brazos Pilots Association, Freeport, Texas, Notice dated 8 February 2016

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