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Hong Kong
Safe navigation in poor visibility
Monday, January 16, 2017, Hong Kong
Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels are hereby reminded to strictly comply with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 when navigating within Hong Kong waters, especially in poor visibility.All vessels navigating in Hong Kong waters shall do so at a safe speed not exceeding the applicable speed restrictions. Extreme caution should be exercised when navigating in fog, heavy rain or restricted visibility. Appropriate sound signals shall be made in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972.The importance of Rules 5 (Look-out), 6 (Safe speed), 7 (Risk of collision), 8 (Action to avoid collision) and 19 (Conduct of vessels in restricted visibility) of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 should be borne in mind at all times when navigating with the aid of radar in restricted visibility.

It should be noted that when radar and/or Automatic Identification System is used without the benefit of adequate plotting facilities and full appraisal of the traffic situation, the traffic information obtained thereof is rather scanty and should be construed accordingly.

When the visibility in any part of Hong Kong waters or its approaches is reduced to less than two nautical miles, for example by fog or mist, the Vessel Traffic Centre (Call-sign “MARDEP”) will broadcast visibility reports on the major traffic routes and other water areas on V.H.F. Channels 12, 14 and 67. These will be broadcast on each hour until such time the visibility has improved to more than two nautical miles.

Masters of vessels issued with miscellaneous permits to proceed at a speed exceeding the maximum permitted speed stipulated under the Shipping and Port Control Regulations and the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) (General) Regulation, formerly known as “Speed Restriction Exemption Permits”, should strictly observe the condition specified on the permits.

In the event of an accident, this should be reported immediately to the Vessel Traffic Centre, either on V.H.F. (channel 12, 14 or 67) or by telephone (no. 2233 7801 or 2233 7802).

(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.8 of 2017

High spot dredging
Monday, January 16, 2017, Singapore
From 16 January to 15 March, high spot dredging works are being conducted in Temasek Fairway, west of Jurong Island.According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.11 of 2017, the works are being carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 1 deg. 16.123’N / 103 deg. 39.149’E
2) 1 deg. 16.061’N / 103 deg. 39.148’E
3) 1 deg. 15.928’N / 103 deg. 39.202’E
4) 1 deg. 15.905’N / 103 deg. 39.143’E
5) 1 deg. 16.038’N / 103 deg. 39.089’EHigh spot dredging will be carried out by a dredger, supported by flat top barges and pusher tugs. The dredger will be held in position by spuds within the working area.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft of the working area.

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 22 (Jurong Control);
e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

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

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