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Hong Kong
Eden, Australia
Kiel Canal, Germany
Establishment of buoys demarcating Marine Park
Friday, December 30, 2016, Hong Kong
From 4 January 2017, five marker buoys will be established to demarcate The Brothers Marine Park, which will be designated on 30 December 2016 and bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (G):
(A) 22 deg. 20.483’N / 113 deg. 58.683’E
(B) 22 deg. 20.483’N / 113 deg. 59.149’E
(C) 22 deg. 20.209’N / 113 deg. 59.998’E
(D) 22 deg. 19.452’N / 113 deg. 59.999’E
(E) 22 deg. 18.596’N / 113 deg. 58.857’E
(F) 22 deg. 19.022’N / 113 deg. 57.841’E
(G) 22 deg. 20.215’N / 113 deg. 57.839’EThe five marker buoys will be laid at the co-ordinates from (C) to (G). Each marker buoy will be fitted with a radar reflector and a yellow flashing light. The details and particulars of the buoys are as follows:Position: (C)
Name (in English): BMP-A
Shape: Pillar
Light Characteristics: Fl (4) Y. 20sPosition: (D)
Name (in English): BMP-B
Shape: Pillar
Light Characteristics: Fl. Y. 3s

Position: (E)
Name (in English): BMP-C
Shape: Pillar
Light Characteristics: Fl (5) Y. 20s

Position: (F)
Name (in English): BMP-D
Shape: Pillar
Light Characteristics: Fl. Y. 1.5s

Position: (G)
Name (in English): BMP-E
Shape: Pillar
Light Characteristics: Fl. Y. 8s

(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. 175 of 2016

New towage service provider
Friday, December 30, 2016, Eden, Australia
There are now two towage service providers at Eden as Pacific Tug has recently commenced towage operations with two tugs, the PT Eden and PT Mary.Pacific Tug also provides pilot launch and workboat service plus barge hire. Tariffs are available from GAC Australia upon request.For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Kiel Canal lock chamber closure
Friday, December 30, 2016, Kiel Canal, Germany
The Kiel Canal authority has announced that one big lock chamber at Kiel will be closed for maintenance works from 8.00 hours until 13.00 hrs from Monday 2 January to Thursday 5 January inclusive. The other big lock will remain operational.(For information about operations in Germany, contact the GAC UK Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

Mandatory adoption of mass flow metering system for marine fuel oil delivery
Friday, December 30, 2016, Singapore
With effect from 1 January 2017, it is mandatory to use a Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore approved MFM system for all Marine Fuel Oil (MFO) bunker deliveries in the Port of Singapore. This was first announced on 8 April 2014 and promulgated on 29 July 2014. The Technical Reference for Bunker Mass Flow Metering (TR 48:2015) for all MFO bunker delivery was enforced by the MPA on 1 June 2016.With effect from 1 January 2017, the delivered quantity of MFO stated in the Bunker Delivery Note must be based on the bunker tanker’s MFM system as witnessed by the cargo officer, the chief engineer and bunker surveyor (if engaged).All MPA licensed bunker suppliers, bunker craft operators, bunker surveying companies and bunker surveyors are to adhere strictly to the terms and conditions of their bunker licences and requirements of TR48:2015 for MFO bunker delivery by MFM in the Port of Singapore. t any licensee who has acted in contravention of their licences, including suspending or revoking their bunker licences, as appropriate.Any licensee acting in contravention of their licences is at risk of having their bunker licenses suspended or revoked by the MPA.

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

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