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Houston/Galveston, USA
Kiel Canal, Germany
Testing of Autonomous Underwater Vehicle
Thursday, April 7, 2016, Singapore
From 11 April to 30 June, testing of an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV) will be carried out north of Small Craft “A” anchorage.As advised in the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.33 of 2016, the testing will be conducted on weekdays daily from 0900 to 1800 hours within the working areas bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):WORKING AREA 1
1) 01 deg. 18.582’N / 103 deg. 58.543’E
2) 01 deg. 18.426’N / 103 deg. 58.591’E
3) 01 deg. 18.346’N / 103 deg. 58.279’E
4) 01 deg. 18.505’N / 103 deg. 58.230’E

The experiments and collection of data will be carried out by deploying an AUV in the working areas. An AUV will be launched from a work boat during the experiments.

Operation and monitoring of AUV movement will be carried out from the work boat.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft about 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 12 (East Control);
e) Communicate with East Control on VHF Channel 12 for assistance, if required.

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

Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution) Regulation on Local Vessels
Thursday, April 7, 2016, Hong Kong
The new Merchant Shipping (Prevention of Air Pollution) Regulation, CAP 413P (“the Regulation”) will come into operation on 1 July 2016 to implement the air pollution control requirements set out in Annex VI to the International Convention for the Prevention of Pollution from Ships….….The new Regulation requires local vessels of 400 GT or above to carry on board a Hong Kong Air Pollution Prevention Certificates (HKAPP Certificate), an International Air Pollution Prevention Certificates (IAPP Certificate), or an equivalent certificate or document recognized by the Director.In line with the latest Annex VI to MARPOL requirements, the Regulation will tighten the emission standards for air pollutants generated by ships. The main requirements of the Regulation that local vessels need to comply with are as follows:
(a) Prohibition of deliberate emission of Ozone Depleting Substances…
(b) Emission of Nitrogen Oxides (NOx)….
(c) Sulphur Content of Fuel Oil….
(d) Shipboard Incineration….
(e) Fuel Oil Quality….

(For details of the new regulation and information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong atshipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Extracts from Hong Kong Government SAR Marine Department Notice No.39 of 2016 dated 6 April, 2016

AIS Failures / Voice Reporting Required
Thursday, April 7, 2016, Houston/Galveston, USA
VTS Houston/Galveston has suffered cascading failures of its AIS base stations at City Docks, Mitchells Point, and the Bolivar Peninsula.As a result, and until further notice, Voice Reporting is mandatory at each Reporting Point within the VTS Houston/Galveston VTSA.For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

Repairs complete
Thursday, April 7, 2016, Kiel Canal, Germany
Repairs to the New Big South Lock at Kiel-Holtenau have been completed. Traffic is back to normal and no more waiting times to be expected.(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre athub.gb@gac.com)Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent 

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