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Hong Kong
Panama Canal, Panama
Sri Lanka
Marine site investigation off Tit Cham Chau
Friday, May 20, 2016, Hong Kong
For approximately 6 months, marine site investigation works involving drilling of boreholes 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 shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 16.009’N / 114 deg. 16.773’E
(B) 22 deg. 15.971’N / 114 deg. 16.885’E
(C) 22 deg. 15.614’N / 114 deg. 16.719’E
(D) 22 deg. 15.760’N / 114 deg. 16.585’EThe works will be carried out by two flat top barges and one jack-up barge. One tug boat will provide assistance.A working area of approximately 50 metres around the flat top barges will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barges.

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.59 of 2016 dated 17 May 2016

Locks lane outages for Miter Gate repairs
Friday, May 20, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
Beginning at 2200 hours on Monday, May 23, 2016, until 2200 hours on Friday, May 27, 2016, (4 days), the EAST lane of Miraflores Locks will be out of service in order to perform scheduled dry chamber seal repairs on Miter Gates 104-105, 112-113, 116-117, and 120-121.Also, concurrent outages will take place at Pedro Miguel and Gatun Locks as follows:

  • Pedro Miguel Locks: Beginning at 2200 hours on Monday, May 23, 2016, until 1000 hours on Tuesday, May 24, 2016, (12 hours), the WEST lane of Pedro Miguel Locks will be out of service in order to replace the north tire fender and perform the final drive of Miter Gates 56 and 57.
  • Gatun Locks: Beginning at 2000 hours, until 2400 hours on Wednesday, May 25, 2016, (4 hours), and beginning 2000 hours on Thursday, May 26, 2016, until 2000 hours on Friday, May 27, 2016, (24 hours), theWEST lane of Gatun Locks will be out of service in order to perform emergency repairs on Miter Gate 24.

As a result, and in accordance with the rules governing the Transit Reservation System,  Condition 2 will be in effect from Tuesday, May 24, 2016, until Friday, May 27, 2016.

Applications for reserved transits while Condition 2 is in effect will be received beginning at 0900 hours on Saturday, May 21, 2016. The Just-In-Time (JIT) transit slots available for supers will be reduced during this period to one for each direction, whereas the JIT slots for regular vessels transiting without restrictions will remain at one for each direction. The booking slot available through the auction process, as well as the slots available for regular vessels less than 300 feet in LOA, will continue to be offered during this period.

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

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-27-2016 dated 19 May 2016

Port operations continue despite flooding
Friday, May 20, 2016, Sri Lanka
Operations at Sri Lankan ports are continuing, despite the severe floods the island nation has experienced this week.Recent flooding and landslides has caused widespread disruption and an estimated 200, 000 people have been displaced as a result. Rains are expected to continue over the coming days.Operations at the country’s ports are largely unaffected as they are outside the worst hit areas. However, Colombo’s Harbour Master has appealed for understanding and patience with regard to vessel movement delays, adding that to protect life and the safety of port and vessels, pilotage would be disrupted from time to time.

GAC Sri Lanka has made additional arrangements to adjust the time allocated for road transport related to pick-ups and drop-off times, with road transports and time allocated to airport drop-offs.

For information about operations in Sri Lanka contact GAC Sri Lanka at srilanka@gac.com

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