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Hong Kong
Geelong & Melbourne, Australia
Relocation of temporary navigational channels
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, Hong Kong
From 5 May and for approximately 3 months, the existing northeast-bound and southwest-bound temporary navigation channels across the works area of the Hong Kong Link Road will be shifted eastwards by about 400 metres and 500 metres respectively to facilitate the bridge deck construction works.The lateral light buoys and fixed red lights marking the existing navigation channels will be relocated to the following positions (WGS 84 Datum) to mark the following new navigation channels:


Lateral light buoys:
(LR1) 22 deg. 16.289’N / 113 deg. 51.995’E
(LR2) 22 deg. 16.299’N / 113 deg. 51.932’E
(LR3) 22 deg. 16.395’N / 113 deg. 52.015’E
(LR4) 22 deg. 16.406’N / 113 deg. 51.952’E

Fixed red lights:
(FR1) 22 deg. 16.494’N / 113 deg. 52.034’E
(FR2) 22 deg. 16.492’N / 113 deg. 51.969’E


Lateral light buoys:
(LR5) 22 deg. 16.726’N / 113 deg. 52.012’E
(LR6) 22 deg. 16.740’N / 113 deg. 51.926’E
(LR7) 22 deg. 16.619’N / 113 deg. 51.992’E
(LR8) 22 deg. 16.633’N / 113 deg. 51.906’E

Fixed red lights:
(FR3) 22 deg. 16.524’N / 113 deg. 51.974’E
(FR4) 22 deg. 16.540’N / 113 deg. 51.890’E

The width of the new northeast-bound navigation channel is about 90 metres. This navigation channel permits vessels with airdraft of not exceeding 38 metres to pass through.

The width of the new southwest-bound navigation channel is about 100 metres. This navigation channel permits vessels with airdraft of not exceeding 41 metres to pass through.

Guard boats will be stationed at the approaches to the new navigation channels to give necessary guidance to the vessels approaching the navigation channels.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and follow the guidance given by the guard boats on scene.

(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.50 of 2016

Vessel movements resumed
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, Geelong & Melbourne, Australia
Following the suspension of incoming/outward vessel movements due to bad weather yesterday (3 May), vessel movements at Geelong and Melbourne resumed from approximately 0600 hours local time this morning (4 May).For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Agency services monopoly
Wednesday, May 4, 2016, Turkey
Turkey’s Directorate of Maritime Affiars has investigated claims that some ports are only allowing port agency services to be conducted by their in-house agency departments, and has announced that port managements may not create such monopolies.Therefore, agents should have the freedom of service at any port.

For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

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