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Hong Kong
Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
Chickasaw Creek, Alabama, USA
Around the Island Yacht Race
Thursday, November 17, 2016, Hong Kong
A large-scale yacht race will take place around Hong Kong Island on 27 November 2016 (Sunday). About 250 yachts are expected to participate in the race.The yachts will set off at staggered times between 0815 hours and 0930 hours off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, sailing around Hong Kong Island in a clockwise direction, and finish the race off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter by 1730 hours.Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the race route should proceed with caution, giving practical consideration to the contestants. Compliance with the provisions of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea 1972 is mandatory.

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

Source: Government of Hong Kong Marine Department Notice No.152 of 2016 dated 16 November 2016

Overstay charges at Offshore Anchorage Area “D”
Thursday, November 17, 2016, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
Overstay charges at Fujairah Offshore Anchorage Area “D” will be applicable only after ten days regardless their nature of call with effect from 01 December 2016.Overstay charges applicable as shown below:
From 11th day to 15th day: Dhs. 5,750/- per day
From 16th day to 20th day: Dhs. 8,625/- per day
From 21st  day and above: Dhs. 11,500/- per day(For information about operations in Fujairah, contact GAC Fujairah at fujairah@gac.com)

Source: Port of Fujairah Notice to Mariners No.216 dated 17 November 2016

Size restrictions for traffic in/out of Chickasaw Creek
Thursday, November 17, 2016, Chickasaw Creek, Alabama, USA
The Harbormaster Special Notice dated April 2, 2014, established the maximum length and beam of vessels with power and steering passing through the Chickasaw Bridge. I also addressed the right to refuse passage for all traffic when tidal and adverse weather conditions so warrant. These restrictions addressed passage through the bridge only and not the channel.Based on the experience gained during the past few years and the present water depth in the Chickasaw Creek, the following changes are indicated:OCEAN GOING VESSELS, under power and with steering, less than 450 feet in length and 70 feet or less in beam can transit the bridge and channel without notification of the Harbormaster when carrying a maximum draft of 23 feet.

Larger vessels may pass through the CSX Railroad Bridge and Chickasaw Channel with prior permission of the Harbormaster for unusual type passage. The type vessel and its equipment, draft, weather conditions, condition of bridge fender system, etc. will determine if the passage will be possible. Each vessel must be addressed on a passage by passage basis.

The Harbor Pilots navigate Chickasaw Creek in daylight hours only.

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

Source: Alabama State Port Authority Notice to Shipping (Special Notice) dated 16 November 2016

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