|MARINE SITE INVESTIGATION AT ANCHORAGES
|MODIFICATION OF MINIMUM VISIBILITY REQUIREMENTS
Panama Canal, Panama
|Marine site investigation at anchorages|
|Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Hong Kong|
|From 23 June and for approximately three weeks, marine site investigation works involving drilling of boreholes will be carried out [in the Western Dangerous Goods Anchorage & Western Quarantine and Immigration Anchorage] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (A) to (I):
(A) 22 deg. 19.171’N / 114 deg. 07.015’E
(B) 22 deg. 19.142’N / 114 deg. 07.073’E
(C) 22 deg. 19.075’N / 114 deg. 07.037’E
(D) 22 deg. 19.097’N / 114 deg. 06.991’E
(E) 22 deg. 19.095’N / 114 deg. 06.796’E
(F) 22 deg. 18.774’N / 114 deg. 06.206’E
(G) 22 deg. 18.817’N / 114 deg. 06.178’E
(H) 22 deg. 18.860’N / 114 deg. 06.199’E
(I) 22 deg. 19.168’N / 114 deg. 06.766’EThe works will be carried out by one barge. One tug will provide assistance. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.
A working area of approximately 30 metres around the barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barge.
The hours of works will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of works.
Vessels engaged in the works 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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
|Modification of minimum visibility requirements|
|Wednesday, June 22, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama|
|The Panama Canal Authority (ACP) has announced the following modifications to minimum visibility requirements for vessels transiting the Canal or calling at port facilities in Canal waters, whether laden or ballast:
ACP boarding officers will verify vessel compliance upon arrival in Canal waters. Vessels that do not comply due to cargo, cargo gear, structures or any other reason, shall correct the deficiency in order to transit. If not correctable, the vessel should inform the Canal Authority at least 48 hours prior to arrival through the ACP’s Maritime Service Portal or any other means acceptable to the ACP. The ACP will determine conditions under which non-compliant vessels may be allowed to transit or dock. Vessels that require additional resources due to their visibility condition, will be assessed for corresponding charges.
Notwithstanding visibility requirements, from 26 June, full contain vessels transiting laden condition with a blind distance that exceeds 1.0 ship length will be assessed the following fees based on vessel dimensions:
Upon arrival at Canal waters, the “Blind Distance Declaration” Form 1746 (OPTC-A), available atwww.pancanal.com/common/
For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.