|DISEMBARKING CREW DUE TO INJURY OR SICKNESS
Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
|2017 LUNAR NEW YEAR FIREWORKS DISPLAY
|DRAFT RESTRICTIONS DUE TO SHOALING
Sandy Hook, USA
|SEA KIDNAPPINGS RISE IN 2016 DESPITE PLUMMETING GLOBAL PIRACY – IMB REPORT
|Disembarking crew due to injury or sickness|
|Friday, January 20, 2017, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates|
|The Port of Fujairah has advised that when a crew member is disembarked from their vessel for medical reasons, the vessel shall not sail until the crew member recovers and is fit to rejoin on board or owners/managers arrange proper repatriation.Similarly, crew disembarked due to injury must inform the police authorities properly and the vessel will only be permitted to sail after proper clearance is received from the police GHQ and the crew member is duly reptriated.For information about operations in Fujairah, contact GAC Fujiarah at email@example.com|
|2017 Lunar New Year Fireworks Display|
|Friday, January 20, 2017, Hong Kong|
|A fireworks display will take place in the Central Harbour, in an area off Wan Chai, at 2000 hours on Sunday, 29 January 2017 (“the event day”).The Fireworks will be discharged from three barges anchored in a straight line at the following positions (WGS 84 Datum):
(a) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.210’E
(b) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.341’E
(c) 22 deg. 17.279’N / 114 deg. 10.472’EA Closed Area will be established around the barges between 1400 hours and about 2300 hours on the event day with the following details:(i) The area is formed by four straight lines joining the following positions (WGS 84 Datum):
(1) 22 deg. 17.366’N / 114 deg. 10.109’E
(2) 22 deg. 17.366’N / 114 deg. 10.574’E
(3) 22 deg. 17.192’N / 114 deg. 10.574’E
(4) 22 deg. 17.192’N / 114 deg. 10.109’E
(ii) The Closed Area will be closed to all marine traffic, except craft directly involved in the fireworks display, Government launches and vessels with special permission from the Director of Marine (to be collectively called excepted vessels) during the aforesaid period.
A Restricted Area will be established in the Central Harbour from 1900 hours to about 2115 hours on the event day with the following details:
To minimize head-on encounters of vessels after the fireworks display, the Restricted Area will be lifted in stages by lifting the WCL at about 2100 hours. The ECL will be lifted later depending on the traffic condition in the Central Harbour. It is anticipated that the Restricted Area will be completely lifted at about 2115 hours on the event day. To combat vessels proceeding at excessive speed in the Central Harbour, the Marine Police and Marine Department will deploy laser gun and interception teams on the event day.
Vessels intending to navigate in the Central Harbour after the fireworks display should pay special attention to the establishment of three Buffer Zones at Kowloon Public Pier, Kwun Tong Public Pier, Central Piers 9 and 10 and the associated marine traffic control measures. Details of these measures are given in the Annex to this Notice.
In the event of inclement weather and emergency, the fireworks display may be postponed to the fallback date of Monday, 30 January 2017, at 2000 hours, with the same control measures as aforementioned.
(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.9 of 2017
|Draft restrictions due to shoaling|
|Friday, January 20, 2017, Sandy Hook, USA|
|We regret having to inform you of extensive shoaling in Ward Point Bend West Reach at the southern end of the Arthur Kill recently made known that now requires draft restrictions be imposed on vessels transiting to/from all terminals on the Arthur Kill. These restrictions are effective immediately.This shoaling has reduced the controlling depth by 2 ft.; from 35 ft. MLLW to 33 ft. MLLW. We have appealed to the Army Corps of Engineers to immediately conduct maintenance dredging to relieve this situation.We have updated our transit guidelines to reflect these restrictions.As noted, we have aggressively appealed to the Army Corps to rectify this problem immediately. Your concerns concerning this shoaling should be directed to the Army Corps New York District.
(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at email@example.com)
Source: Sandy Hook Pilots Association update
|Friday, January 20, 2017, Singapore|
|Seabed sampling works will be carried out off Western Tuas View from 21 to 27 January 2017.According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.12 of 2017, the works will be conducted from 0800 to 1800 hours, Monday to Saturday only, at the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 20.404’N / 103 deg. 37.772’E
2) 01 deg. 20.084’N / 103 deg. 37.766’E
3) 01 deg. 20.143’N / 103 deg. 37.572’E
4) 01 deg. 19.771’N / 103 deg. 37.573’E
5) 01 deg. 19.696’N / 103 deg. 37.322’E
6) 01 deg. 19.393’N / 103 deg. 37.345’E
7) 01 deg. 19.196’N / 103 deg. 37.004’E
8) 01 deg. 18.871’N / 103 deg. 37.130’E
9) 01 deg. 18.721’N / 103 deg. 37.029’E
10) 01 deg. 18.631’N / 103 deg. 37.159’E
11) 01 deg. 18.560’N / 103 deg. 36.918’E
12) 01 deg. 18.397’N / 103 deg. 36.987’E
13) 01 deg. 18.234’N / 103 deg. 36.822’E
14) 01 deg. 18.269’N / 103 deg. 36.949’E
15) 01 deg. 17.914’N / 103 deg. 36.723’E
16) 01 deg. 17.695’N / 103 deg. 36.775’E
17) 01 deg. 17.521’N / 103 deg. 36.609’E
18) 01 deg. 17.046’N / 103 deg. 36.525’EA work boat will be anchored at the sampling location to lower the vibro-corer frame to extract seabed sample.A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft about the work.
These craft will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.
When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at firstname.lastname@example.org
|Sea kidnappings rise in 2016 despite plummeting global piracy – IMB Report|
|Friday, January 20, 2017, Worldwide|
|More crew were kidnapped at sea in 2016 than in any of the previous 10 years, despite global piracy reaching its lowest levels since 1998, the ICC International Maritime Bureau’s (IMB) annual piracy report revealed today.In its 2016 report, IMB recorded 191 incidents of piracy and armed robbery on the world’s seas….…Worldwide in 2016, 150 vessels were boarded, 12 vessels were fired upon, seven were hijacked, and 22 attacks were thwarted. The number of hostages fell to 151.Maritime kidnappings, however, showed a threefold increase on 2015. Pirates kidnapped 62 people for ransom in 15 separate incidents in 2016. Just over half were captured off West Africa, while 28 were kidnapped from tugs, barges, fishing boats, and more recently merchant ships, around Malaysia and Indonesia.
IMB is urging governments to investigate and identify the kidnappers and punish them under law….
Sulu Sea kidnappings
IMB advises charterers and owners to consider avoiding the Sulu Sea by routing vessels West of Kalimantan.
Meanwhile, Indonesian piracy incidents fell from 108 in 2015 to 49 in 2016. Although the overwhelming majority were low-level thefts, vessels were boarded in all but three of the incidents.
(For information about operations around the world contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found at http://gac.com/gac-worldwide)
Source: ICC International Maritime Bureau (www.iccwbo.org)Fu