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Kiel Canal, Germany
Haldia, India
Houston, USA
Mobile, USA
Hong Kong
Lock chamber to close for maintenance
Thursday, July 7, 2016, Kiel Canal, Germany
The New Big North lock chamber at Brunsbuettel will be closed from 16:00 hours on Monday (11 July) until 16:00 hours on Thursday 14 July due to maintenance works.The New Big South lock chamber and one small locks chamber will be operating during this time.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre athub.gb@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

Maximum length at dock increased
Thursday, July 7, 2016, Haldia, India
Kolkata Port Trust has advised that the maximum permissible length overall (LOA) for the Impounded Dock of Haldia Dock Complex (Berth Nos. 2, 3, 4, 4A, 4B, 8, 9 & 13) has been increased from 230 to 235 metres.For information about operations in India, contact GAC India at india@gac.com

City Dock draft restrictions
Thursday, July 7, 2016, Houston, USA
Based on updated soundings provided by the Port of Houston for the City Dock area, Houston Pilots is imposing the following draft restrictions for ships going in and out of the City Docks.Effective immediately, all vessels transiting above City Dock 21 are limited to a draft of 34’ freshwater.

As dredging and surveying progresses in the City Dock area, this restriction will be modified or removed as soon as safely possible.

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

Partial blockage of river
Thursday, July 7, 2016, Mobile, USA
There will be a partial blockage of the Mobile River in vicinity of Pier 2 of the Alabama State Port Authority commencing at 0700 on Friday, 8 July.The M/V STAR ISMENE (650 feet by 101 feet) will use a floating Barnhart crane to offload cargo.  The combined width of the vessel and crane is 311 feet.  Loading should be completed by 1100 on Friday, July 8, 2016.

Cooper Marine will be attending the Barnhart Heavy Lift Floating crane and will monitoring VHF channels 13 and 65 during the lift.  Passing arrangements can be made with the Cooper Marine tugs.  The contact person for Barnhart Crane is Mr. Paul Reynolds and he can be reached for additional information by cell phone at (251) 402-4967.

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

Submarine outfall inspection works off Wan Chai
Thursday, July 7, 2016, Hong Kong
For approximately one week, submarine outfall inspection works will be carried out off Wan Chai in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
(A) 22 deg. 17.301’N / 114 deg. 10.630’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.204’N / 114 deg. 10.642’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.201’N / 114 deg. 10.610’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.298’N / 114 deg. 10.599’EThe works will be carried out by a work boat. One guard boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 25 metres around the work boat will be established. The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1700 hours. Vessels engaged in the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the works will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the area.

(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. 93 of 2016 dated 6 July 2016

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