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Matagorda Bay, TX, USA
Sailing Regatta
Thursday, July 21, 2016, Singapore
The Republic of Singapore Yacht Club Sailing Regatta 2016 will be held on 23,  24 and 30 July 2016 from 1000 hours to 1700 hours.According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.79 of 2016 dated 21 July 2016, there will be no live firing activities during the event.Mariners navigating in the vicinity are reminded to:
(a) Keep well clear of the racing area;
(b) Maintain a proper lookout;
(c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with extra caution;
(d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (West Control); and
(e) Communicate with West Control on the VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

Business as usual despite state of emergency
Thursday, July 21, 2016, Turkey
Operations continue as usual at Turkish ports – and throughout the country – with the possibility of some tightening of security, largely unaffected by the declaration of a three-month state of emergency.The President declared the state of emergency this morning (21 July) in the aftermath of the failed coup last Friday night (15 July), under the terms of Article No.120 of Turkish Constitutional Law for the protection of the people and the country.For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

Vessel restrictions during dredging
Thursday, July 21, 2016, Matagorda Bay, TX, USA
With the arrival of Orion marine’s ‘Linda LaQuay’ and the commencement of dredging in the ship channel, the Matagorda Bay Pilots are initiating the following vessel restrictions until further notice:All vessels with a beam equal to or greater than 82 feet (25 meters) will be restricted to daylight passage around the dredge.“Daylight passage around dredge” can be defined as enough natural light from the sun to visibly see the dredge and all its associated equipment while transiting in the vicinity of the plant. This can vary due to the time of sunrise and the environmental conditions at the time of the transit. Each individual pilot, on a daily basis, with regards to the aforementioned conditions will determine “daylight passage around dredge”.These restrictions have been initiated for the safety of all deep-sea vessels transiting the Matagorda Ship Channel and the dredge ‘Linda LaQuay’ performing channel maintenance.(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: Matagorda Bay Pilots letter dated 20 July 2016

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