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Gothenburg, Sweden
Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Hong Kong
New location for cruise ships in 2018
Thursday, February 16, 2017, Gothenburg, Sweden
Over 100 years ago, the first Swedish American Line vessel sailed for the USA from Stigbergskajen in Gothenburg. This historic quay is now being resurrected as a cruise reception centre under the name America Cruise Terminal…

…2017 will be the final season in which cruise ships can dock at Frihamnen. The area will form part of a major urban development scheme with the construction of homes and offices, forcing the present cruise terminal to find a new location.

The new central cruise terminal will be at Stigbergskajen in Masthugget. The quay and part of the terminal building, Amerikaskjulet, are currently being restored and will be ready to welcome vessels from spring 2018…

…The maximum length for vessels calling at America Cruise Terminal will be 225 metres – 25 metres longer than the current maximum length at Frihamnen…

…Before the inaugural season in 2018, the whole of the outside of Stigbergskajen will be renovated. Ten metres of the quay will be demolished and rebuilt, the bollards will be reinforced, ramps will be constructed and parking spaces for buses will be created…  …Seventeen vessels are already scheduled to put into the new America Cruise Terminal…

(For information about operations in Sweden contact GAC Sweden at sweden@gac.com)

Source: Extract from the Port of Gothenburg (www.portofgothenburg.com) newsletter dated 13 February 2017

Weather conditions continue to disrupt port ops
Thursday, February 16, 2017, Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Bad weather is continuing to disrupt port operations at Jubail, with berthing/unberthing suspended at 0715 hours local time this morning (16 February) due to poor visibility.

For information about operations at Jubail contact GAC Saudi Arabia at jubail@gac.com

Marine site investigation off Pak Mong, Lantau Island
Thursday, February 16, 2017, Hong Kong
For approximately 6 months, marine site investigation involving drilling of boreholes will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (F) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 17.826’N / 113 deg. 56.865’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.469’N / 113 deg. 57.556’E
(C) 22 deg. 18.227’N / 113 deg. 57.941’E
(D) 22 deg. 18.051’N / 113 deg. 58.086’E
(E) 22 deg. 18.303’N / 113 deg. 58.530’E
(F) 22 deg. 18.298’N / 113 deg. 58.682’EThe works will be carried out by one jack-up platform and three flat top barges. Some tugboats and work boats will provide assistance. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 25 metres around the jack-up platform will be established. Yellow flashing lights will be installed at the four corners of the platform to indicate position of the platform.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around each flat top barge will be established. Yellow markers buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barges.

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 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.24 of 2017 dated 16 February 2017

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