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23-Sep-2016

CONSTRUCTION OF THE HONG KONG LINK ROAD – ESTABLISHMENT OF HEIGHT RESTRICTION AND TEMPORARY DIVERSION OF THE NAVIGATION CHANNEL AT THE AIRPORT CHANNEL
Hong Kong
2016 NATIONAL DAY FIREWORKS DISPLAY
Hong Kong – Central Harbour, off Wan Chai
Construction of the Hong Kong Link Road – Establishment of Height Restriction and Temporary Diversion of the Navigation Channel at the Airport Channel
Friday, September 23, 2016, Hong Kong
With effect from 28 September 2016 and for a period of approximately 5 months, to facilitate the construction of the deck span of the bridge of the Hong Kong Link Road across the Airport Channel, the air draught of vessels passing underneath this bridge will be limited to 10.55 metres, and a section of the navigation channel at the Airport Channel will be temporarily diverted southwards from 1830 hours daily except Sundays and public holidays to 0800 hours of the next day.The diverted navigation channel is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (F):

(A) 22º 17.676’N 113º 54.748’E
(B) 22º 17.652’N 113º 54.753’E
(C) 22º 17.603’N 113º 54.597’E
(D) 22º 17.645’N 113º 54.497’E
(E) 22º 17.671’N 113º 54.502’E
(F) 22º 17.629’N 113º 54.598’E

 

The width and depth of the diverted navigation channel is about 46.0 metres and 2.0 metres (Chart Datum) respectively.

A yellow marker buoy fitted with yellow flashing light will be laid at position (C).

Guard boats will be stationed in the vicinity of both eastern and western ends of the diverted navigation channel to give necessary guidance to the vessels using this navigation channel.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at hongkong@gac.com.

2016 National Day Fireworks Display
Friday, September 23, 2016, Hong Kong – Central Harbour, off Wan Chai
A fireworks display will take place in the Central Harbour, in an area off Wan Chai, at 2100 hours on Saturday, 1 October 2016 (“the event day”).The Fireworks will be discharged from three barges. A closed area will be established around the barges between 1400 hours and about 2300 hours on the event day.The Closed Area will be closed to all marine traffic, except craft directly involved in the fireworks display, Government launches and vessels with special permission from the Director of Marine (to be collectively called excepted vessels) during the aforesaid period.A Restricted Area will be established in the Central Harbour from 2000 hours to about 2215 hours on the event day.

To minimize head-on encounters of vessels after the fireworks display, the Restricted Area will be lifted in stages by lifting the WCL at about 2200 hours. The ECL will be lifted later depending on the traffic condition in the Central Harbour. It is anticipated that the Restricted Area will be completely lifted at about 2215 hours on the event day.

Vessels intending to navigate in the Central Harbour after the fireworks display should pay special attention to the establishment of three Buffer Zones at Kowloon Public Pier, Kwun Tong Public Pier, Central Piers 9 and 10 and the associated marine traffic control measures.

In the event of inclement weather and emergency, the fireworks display may be postponed to the fallback date ofSunday, 2 October 2016, at 2100 hours, with the same control measures as aforementioned.

Vessels approaching the Restricted Area before or during the fireworks display and vessels leaving their viewing positions after the display must proceed at a safe speed, which should not generally exceed 5 knots. Every vessel must at all times maintain a proper lookout, and take measures to avoid obscuring the view of any person keeping a lookout, including switching off the cabin lights. Searchlights must not be used as they may interfere with the proper lookout on or with the safe operation of other vessels.

For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at hongkong@gac.com.

 

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