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Hong Kong
Flying Machine Competition off Kai Tak Runway Park
Thursday, November 24, 2016, Hong Kong
A Flying Machine Competition will take place at a water area within 65 metres from the Kai Tak Runway Park on 27 November 2016 (Sunday) from 1100 hours to 1700 hours.A ramp would be protruded about 14 metres from the seawall at the Kai Tak Runway Park starting from 15 November 2016. The end of the ramp will be indicated by red lights and red flags.The landing steps of Kwun Tong Public Pier will be designated for emergency use. Vessels should pay additional attention when using the landing steps at the pier during the event.

Work boats, kayaks, rescue boats and guard boats will be deployed to work for the event. Vessels other than these vessels should not enter the competition area. Patrol launches of the Marine Department and Marine Police will be on scene to regulate marine traffic. Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and stay clear of the competition area.

In case of inclement weather, the competition will be cancelled.

(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.153 of 2016 dated 21 November 2016

National Independence Day Holiday
Thursday, November 24, 2016, Panama
Banks and Customs & Immigrations offices in Panama will be closed on Monday (28 November) due to the country’s National Independence Day holiday.Arrangements for Cash to Master, spares via airfreight or courier and crew visas should be made ahead of the holiday.For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com

Christmas Boat Light Parade in Cruise Bay
Thursday, November 24, 2016, Singapore
On Saturday, 26 November, there will be a Christmas Boat Light Parade in Cruise Bay between 1945 and 2130 hours.According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.134 of 2016, the co-ordinates of the designated route are as follows (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 15.649’N / 103 deg. 48.397’E
2) 01 deg. 15.649’N / 103 deg. 49.172’E
3) 01 deg. 15.555’N / 103 deg. 49.339’E
4) 01 deg. 15.709’N / 103 deg. 49.339’E
5) 01 deg. 15.680’N / 103 deg. 49.200’E
6) 01 deg. 15.680’N / 103 deg. 48.397’EDuring the parade, the craft will be moving at a maximum speed of 6 knots and sail boats will operate under power along the designated route. Safety boats will be deployed to warn other craft and vessels of the boat parade.

Craft involved in the parade will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When inside Cruise Bay, mariners are reminded to:
a) Maintain a proper lookout;
b) Proceed at a safe speed and to navigate with caution;
c) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 05 (Cruise Bay Control);
d) Communicate with Cruise Bay Control on VHF Channel 05 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

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