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Hong Kong
Port Everglades, USA
Kiel Canal, Germany
Seawall Repair Works at Golden Beach, Tuen Mun
Friday, August 26, 2016, Hong Kong
For approximately 4 months, seawall repair works will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (A) to (E) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 22.077’N / 113 deg. 59.323’E
(B) 22 deg. 22.089’N / 113 deg. 59.295’E
(C) 22 deg. 22.113’N / 113 deg. 59.301’E
(D) 22 deg. 22.138’N / 113 deg. 59.299’E
(E) 22 deg. 22.153’N / 113 deg. 59.355’EThe works will be carried out by two derrick lighters. One tugboat 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 15 metres around each derrick lighter will be established. Yellow markers buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the derrick lighters.

The hours of work 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 work.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments.

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 Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.114 of 2016 dated 25 August 2016

Condition Whiskey set
Friday, August 26, 2016, Port Everglades, USA
The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port has notified Port Everglades that Condition WHISKEY will be set for Tropical Disturbance 99L as of 4 p.m. yesterday (25 August).That condition coincides with the possible onset of tropical storm force winds within 72 hours.  Preparations to be addressed at this time are:

  • Ensure your facility and employees are ready for potential storm impacts per your company’s severe weather plans.
  • Removal of potential flying debris and hazardous materials.
  • Reducing container stacking heights to a maximum of 4 high for full and empty boxes, and 2 high for containers with hazardous cargo.

The official Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB), with information on all hurricane port condition requirements, can be found on the USCG Homeport website at http://homeport.uscg.mil in the Miami section of the Port Directory.  It is also available on the Port’s website at porteverglades.net/about-us/weather/.

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

Updated requirement for shipments from Zika-infected countries
Friday, August 26, 2016, China
Following the World Health Organization’s August 2, 2016 determination that the United States is a Zika-infected country, Chinese authorities now require mosquito disinsection for all U.S.-origin shipments to China.Disinsection (not to be confused with disinfection) means killing live mosquitoes, their larva, and eggs. Fumigation is one type of disinsection, but spraying is another method of disinsection.Since March of 2016, China’s AQSIQ has required all countries on its Zika-infected list to comply with disinsection requirements. As of August 5, forty other countries, including Mexico and Brazil, are subject to these requirements.

The following new requirements must be followed by all U.S.-origin vessels that departed the United States after 5 August, as advised to the U.S. Embassy in Beijing by The General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ’s) Department of Supervision and Health Quarantine.

  • All shipments (air and sea vessels) originating from the United States are required to provide some of proof of disinsection at the Chinese port.
  • Disinsection does not require fumigation. Disinsection can be carried out by physical or chemical means. For physical, this could include trapping, air curtains, or other integrated pest management techniques. For chemical, this could include surface spraying, space spraying, or fumigation. It is the shipper’s choice, but should take into account human health and safety.
  • The disinsection requirement (and therefore the proof of disinsection) applies to the container or vessel, NOT to the goods being shipped. Therefore, if the entire vessel can provide proof, in the form of a certificate, that the vessel is free of mosquitoes, then no additional inspection needs to be carried out.
  • The information to be included on the certificate has already been provided in the notice sent out by AQSIQ. See attached template.
  • Local CIQ inspectors will continue with their selective examination procedures and there will not be a separate Zika-related inspection process. However, if live mosquito eggs, larva, or mosquitoes are found during the inspection, disinsection will be required.
  • There is no disinsection certificate required for shipments that are chilled below 15 degrees Celsius (59 degrees Fahrenheit). But, if live mosquito eggs or larva are found by local CIQ inspectors at port, then disinsection will be required.
  • If there has been previous disinsection of the vessel (including fumigation) for other purposes (e.g., phytosanitary workplan), then proof of that treatment is sufficient proof for this Zika-requirement.
  • Proof of disinsection does not need to be provided by a governmental body, or a government-approved body.
  • The disinsection treatment can be carried out at any point during the shipping process. For example, if the containers are disinsected before loading and certified as mosquito free, then loaded in a mosquito free environment, then this is sufficient.

For information about operations in China contact GAC China at china@gac.com

Lock maintenance works
Friday, August 26, 2016, Kiel Canal, Germany
The Kiel Canal Authority has just announced that New Big North lock at Kiel-Holtenau will be closed from 07:00 to 18:00 hours local time on Monday 28 August, due to maintenance.During this period, the New Big South lock at Kiel-Holtenau will remain in service.(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub-gb@gac.com)
Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

Victory Day national holiday
Friday, August 26, 2016, Turkey
All official institutions and banks in Turkey will be closed for the Victory Day national holiday this coming Tuesday, 30August.Vessel owners and operators are urged to make that all arrangements for crew, spares, provision, etc, are made in good time ahead of the holiday.They should also check the status of any ports of call, as some ports may be close for the holiday and fees for official services (pilotage, towage, mooring, customs) increased by 50% (pilotage, towage, mooring, customs).

GAC Turkey’s Operations Centre will be on duty during the holiday.

For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at turkey@gac.com

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