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Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races 2017
Friday, May 26, 2017, Hong Kong
The 2017 Hong Kong International Dragon Boat Races (IDBR) will take place off the Central waterfront between 0700 hours and 2000 hours from 2 to 4 June 2017.

The race area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (F) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 17.129’N / 114 deg. 09.792’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.156’N / 114 deg. 09.818’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.164’N / 114 deg. 09.877’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.121’N / 114 deg. 10.111’E
(E) 22 deg. 17.041’N / 114 deg. 10.150’E
(F) 22 deg. 16.970’N / 114 deg. 10.136’E

Mooring buoys will be laid to mark the limit of the race area. Lighters, ferries and launches will make fast to these mooring buoys to enclose the race area throughout the events. Other than crafts that participating in the IDBR, no vessel will be permitted to enter the race area. Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

Two pontoons will be moored to the Central Pier 10 and Central waterfront respectively from 30 May 2017 to 5 June 2017. Owners and coxswains of vessels are advised to use other landing steps and piers in the vicinity.

In the event of inclement weather, the IDBR may be postponed to the fallback dates from 1 to 2 July 2017 and to be held in Shing Mun River, Sha Tin.

(For information about operations in Hing Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.70 of 2017

Removal of underwater obstructions in Kwun Tong Typhoon Shelter
Friday, May 26, 2017, Hong Kong

For approximately 2 months, an underwater obstruction removal operation will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 18.561’N / 114 deg. 12.870’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.593’N / 114 deg. 12.917’E
(C) 22 deg. 18.445’N / 114 deg. 13.033’E
(D) 22 deg. 18.413’N / 114 deg. 12.986’E

The works will be carried out by one derrick lighter. One tugboat and one work boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 15 metres around the lighter will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the lighter.

The hours of work will be from 0700 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.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during 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 and keep clear of the works area at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the works area.

(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.75 of 2017 dated 25 May 2017

ECDIS requirements update
Friday, May 26, 2017, Australia

The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued new guidance on the phased carriage requirement of Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) which is underway and is scheduled to be completed by 2018.

In its Marine Notice 7/2017, AMSA highlights areas relevant to the safe and proper operation of ECDIS for ships visiting Australian ports, and gives information on expectations for ECDIS compliance during port State control (PSC) inspections.

The full notice in available online at https://apps.amsa.gov.au/MOReview/MarineNoticeExternal.html

For further details and information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Increased vigilance in the maritime domain
Friday, May 26, 2017, New England, United States

In light of the recent terrorist attack in Manchester, United Kingdom, the US Coast Guard will be increasing our presence throughout the ports and waterways of Northern New England for the duration of the Memorial Day weekend. This may include increased patrols, random escorts of high-passenger vessels, and other visible deterrents. I also ask that our maritime partners remain vigilant to continually assess security risks and protect the maritime transportation system against all potential threats.

The Coast Guard currently has no specific maritime threat information regarding the Sector Northern New England port areas. However, vessel, facility, and company security officers should review their security plans to maintain awareness of possible threats and vulnerabilities, verify that security measures are in place for MARSEC Level 1 as outlined in vessel or facility security plans, and be attentive to possible weaknesses in their security programs. The security measures implemented on vessels and at facilities every day always include a number of efforts, both seen and unseen, to protect the public and are a critical part of a layered security approach.

Industry stakeholders and port partners are highly encouraged to remain alert while conducting daily operations, especially in the vicinity oflarge public gatherings throughout the holiday weekend. Members of the port community are also requested to review reporting procedures and ensure suspicious activity is reported in a timely manner to the National Response Center at 1-800-424-8802. Additional information on identifying and reporting suspicious activity can be found at http://americaswaterwaywatch.uscg.mil/home.html.

As always, if there is an immediate danger to life or property, call 911.

We will continue to actively engage with local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as the maritime community, to ensure that all port stakeholders receive timely communications and maintain the proper security posture.

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source:  U. S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England Port Security Information Bulletin 02-17 dated  May 26, 2017

Port services normal, unaffected by bomb attacks
Friday, May 26, 2017, Jakarta, Indonesia

All port services (harbour master, customs, immigration, etc.) in Jakarta remain open and working as normal, unaffected by a double bombing at a bus terminal which killed three police officers and injured another ten people on Wednesday evening (24 May).

For information about operations at Indonesian ports, contact PT Andhika GAC Indonesia at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

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