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Hong Kong
Panama Canal, Panama
Removal of Wreck at waters south east of Town Island
Thursday, November 10, 2016, Hong Kong
For approximately 4 weeks, a wreck removal operation will be carried out within the works area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (A) to (F):
(A) 22 deg. 19.678’N / 114 deg. 21.958’E
(B) 22 deg. 19.613’N / 114 deg. 22.073’E
(C) 22 deg. 19.613’N / 114 deg. 22.147’E
(D) 22 deg. 19.573’N / 114 deg. 22.178’E
(E) 22 deg. 19.753’N / 114 deg. 22.297’E
(F) 22 deg. 19.857’N / 114 deg. 22.112’ESix yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid at the above six co-ordinates to indicate the works area.The works will be carried out from 0700 hours to 1900 hours daily by a heavy crane barge with the assistance of two tugs and two work boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit the operational requirements.

Vessels engaged in the works will remain in the works area and display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations. Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep well clear of the works area at slow speed, bearing in mind there may be 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.150 of 2016

Canal records third-highest tonnage in Fiscal Year 2016
Thursday, November 10, 2016, Panama Canal, Panama
At the close of the 2016 Fiscal Year (FY16), the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) recorded the third-highest annual tonnage in its history, with 330.7 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS).A total of 13,114 vessels transited the Panama Canal during the fiscal period from October 1, 2015, to September 30, 2016. Of these, 238 were neopanamax vessels that took advantage of the newly opened expanded Canal during the first three months of its operation, accounting for 18.2 million PC/UMS……In Fiscal Year 2017, the Panama Canal will continue its focus on enhancing the logistics infrastructure by advancing projects such as the Corozal Container Terminal, which is currently in the bidding stage…

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Extracts from Panama Canal Authority Monthly Canal Operations Summary – October 2016 dated November 9, 2016 

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