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Hong Kong
Durban, South Africa
Tin Hau Festival – Tai Miu Wan (Joss House Bay)
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Hong Kong
The Tin Hau Festival at Tai Miu Wan will be celebrated this year on 29 April 2016. Coxswains, owners and operators of local vessels are advised that arrangements for embarkation and disembarkation will only be made at the western side of the main pier of Tai Miu Wan, whereas the eastern side of the main pier will be used by licensed ferries.A ferry service between North Point Ferry Pier and the Tai Miu Wan pier will be operated on 28 April and 29 April 2016. Details of the ferry service will be announced by the Transport Department in due course.The Marine Department and the Hong Kong Police Force patrol launches will be stationed in the vicinity to direct and control vessels attending the festival.

Persons-in-charge of local vessels are strongly reminded to ensure that vessels shall not carry passengers more than they are certified to carry. As only one set of landing steps will be available for use by local vessels, persons-in-charge of local vessels must exercise extreme care, patience and good seamanship and follow the berthing/unberthing instructions of the Marine Department and the Hong Kong Police Force patrol launches on the scene.

Masters of vessels navigating in the Tathong Channel on the above dates are advised to proceed with caution as more local traffic than normal will be encountered between Lei Yue Mun and Tai Miu Wan.

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

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.36 of 2016 dated 29 March 2016

Dry dock back in business
Wednesday, March 30, 2016, Durban, South Africa
Repairs to the outer caisson at the 90-year-old Prince Edward Graving Dock in the Port of Durban have been completed, and the dry dock is now back in commission.The 35-metre-long, 900-tonne outer caisson was refurbished at a cost of R30-million – the third phase of the repairs to the structure. But, while the outer caisson was handed over to Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) last December, the commissioning period was longer than plannedFor information about operations in South Africa contact GAC South Africa at southafraica@gac.com

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