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Bunbury, Australia
Esperance & Bunbury, Australia
Hong Kong
Stop work meeting
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Bunbury, Australia
Bunbury QUBE employees will attend a 4-hour stop work meeting starting at 1000 hours on Monday (5 December). This work stoppage will affect stevedoring and mooring operations in the port.For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

New towage rates from 6 December
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Esperance & Bunbury, Australia
Mackenzie Marine and Towage Pty Ltd has secured the towage licence for the ports of Esperance and Bunbury (PoB), and new tonnage rates will come into effect on Tuesday 6 December 2016.These rates will be fixed until 6 December 2020 (the term of the licence).

For details of the new rates and information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Dredging at Permanent Aviation Fuel Facility, Tuen Mun
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Hong Kong
For approximately 3 months, dredging operations will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 21.895’N / 113 deg. 55.489’E
(B) 22 deg. 21.696’N / 113 deg. 55.762’E
(C) 22 deg. 21.666’N / 113 deg. 55.737’E
(D) 22 deg. 21.866’N / 113 deg. 55.464’EThe works will be carried out by one grab dredger. Three split hopper barges, two tugboats and one guard boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around the grab dredger will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the dredger.

The hours of work will be from 0700 hours to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

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.157 of 2016 dated 28 November 2016

Construction & upgrading of barge jetty at Pulau Sebarok
Tuesday, November 29, 2016, Singapore
From 30 November 2016 to 29 May 2017, construction and upgrading work will be carried out at the existing barge jetty at Pulau Sebarok.According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.136 of 2016, the works will be conducted from 0800 to 2200 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 12.420’N / 103 deg. 47.469’E
2) 01 deg. 12.471’N / 103 deg. 47.448’E
3) 01 deg. 12.488’N / 103 deg. 47.487’E
4) 01 deg. 12.437’N / 103 deg. 47.509’E

A crane barge assisted by the tugs will be used for the construction and upgrading of concrete works and installation of jetty structural elements. A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft of the work.

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

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear of the working area;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and to navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (West Control);
e) Communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.

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

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