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Hong Kong
Gothenburg, Sweden
Panama Canal, Panama
Houston TX, USA
International Dragon Boat Races 2016
Thursday, May 26, 2016, Hong Kong
The 2016 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races (IDBR) will take place off the Central waterfront between 0700 hours and 2000 hours from 10 to 12 June 2016.The race area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (E) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 17.129’N / 114 deg. 09.792’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.156’N / 114 deg. 09.818’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.164’N / 114 deg. 09.877’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.112’N / 114 deg. 10.177’E
(E) 22 deg. 16.970’N / 114 deg. 10.136’EMooring buoys will be laid to mark the limit of the race area. Lighters, ferries and launches will make fast to these mooring buoys to enclose the race area throughout the events. Other than crafts that participating in the IDBR, no vessel will be permitted to enter the race area. Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

Two pontoons will be moored to the Central Pier 10 and Central waterfront respectively from 8 to 14 June 2016. Owners and coxswains of vessels are advised to use other landing steps in the vicinity.`

In the event of inclement weather, the IDBR may be postponed to the fallback dates from 2 to 3 July 2016 and to be held in Shing Mun River, Sha Tin.

(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. 66 of 2016

New rail bridge
Thursday, May 26, 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden
A new rail bridge over the Göta Älv River – the South Marieholm Bridge – has opened for traffic. The new double-track bridge will result in a long-awaited expansion of rail capacity to and from the largest port in the Nordic region……The bridge, which runs alongside the existing Marieholm Bridge, is part of the 10 km Port Line – the rail track that links the Port of Gothenburg to the country’s main line network. The Port Line carries around 70 freight trains each day. Traffic disruptions can have major repercussions for industry, not only in western Sweden but throughout the whole country……Before the new double-track line can operate at full capacity, the old bridge needs to be upgraded. Work is due to be completed after the summer.

The new bridge can be both raised and turned and is located 75 m south of the existing Marieholm Bridge.

(For information about operations in Sweden contact GAC Sweden at sweden@gac.com)

Source: Port of Gothenburg (www.portofgothenburg.com)  

Suspension of Third Draft Restriction
Thursday, May 26, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
With the arrival of the rainy season, and based on the present and projected level of Gatun Lake for the following weeks, the third draft restriction that was scheduled to be effective June 6, 2016, and announced in Advisory to Shipping A-25-2016, is hereby being suspended.Therefore, the maximum authorized transit draft will remain at 11.74m (38.5 feet) TFW until further notice.The ACP continues to monitor the Gatun Lake in order to further adjust the draft restrictions and will announce changes in a timely manner.

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

Source: Panama Canal Authority (ACP) Advisory to Shipping No.A-28-2016

Maximum draft for Anchorage A
Thursday, May 26, 2016, Houston TX, USA
Houston Pilots have reinstated a maximum draft of 34’ for Anchorage A in Houston, effective immediately.Prior to April 29 2015, the maximum draft permitted for vessels anchoring in Anchorage A was 34’.  That limitation was removed on April 29 2015 based on updated hydrographic surveys and industry requests, with a maximum draft subject to space availability and Pilot discretion.Over the last 12 months, a number of vessels with drafts exceeding 34’ have dragged anchor in Anchorage A, putting that ship and transiting ships at risk, hence the reinstatement of the 34’ maximum draft limitation.

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

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