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Hong Kong
Philadelphia, USA
Marine site investigation in Western Fairway
Wednesday, July 20, 2016, Hong Kong
From 20 July 2016 and for approximately 2 weeks, marine site investigation will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 15.847’N / 114 deg. 06.498’E
(B) 22 deg. 15.609’N / 114 deg. 06.638’E
(C) 22 deg. 15.583’N / 114 deg. 06.587’E
(D) 22 deg. 15.821’N / 114 deg. 06.447’EThe works will be carried out by a grab dredger. Two tugboats and two split-hopper barges will assist in the works. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 200 metres by 100 metres around the grab dredger will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the grab dredger.

The works will be carried out round-the-clock.

The 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 the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.99 of 2016 dated 19 July 2016

Democratic National Convention: Potential impact on marine transportation
Wednesday, July 20, 2016, Philadelphia, USA
Vessel traffic transiting the Delaware River, Schuylkill River, and Darby Creek in the vicinity of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from July 25, 2016, to July 29, 2016, will likely experience delays in the following areas:

  • Delaware River: Shoreline to shoreline beginning at the west end of Little Tinicum Island extending in a Northwesterly direction and ending at the mouth of the Schuylkill River
  • Schuylkill Rover: 500 yards south of the I-95 Bridge and ending 500 yards north of the George C. Platt Memorial Bridge, shoreline to shoreline
  • Darby Creek: Originating from 500 yards south of the Conrail Railroad Bridge and ending 100 yards north of the I-95 Bridge, shoreline to shoreline

These security zones will be enforced with actual notice by United States Coast Guard representatives and local law enforcement, as well as broadcast notice to masters. The COTP [Captain of the Port] strongly urges all agents, pilots and operators to make arrangements for vessels to transit prior to or after these times. Vessels wishing to transit through the security zone during the enforcement period must request permission to do so by calling the Situational Unit Controller at (215) 271-4807. Requests should be made well in advance of approaching the security zone or getting underway.

Facility and vessel operators are requested to maintain proper vigilance, and report any suspicious activity to the Sector Intel Branch at (215) 271-4999.

If you have any questions regarding the contents of this bulletin please contact the Waterways Management staff at(215) 271-4814 or the Situation Unit Branch at (215) 271-4807.

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

Source: U.S. Coast Guard Sector Delaware Bay Marine Safety Information Bulletin #17-16 dated 15 July 2016  

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