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Tropical Storm Merbok
Monday, June 12, 2017, Hong Kong

According to the update issued by the Hong Kong Observatory at 11:00 hours local time today (12 June), Tropical Storm Merbok was estimated to be about 210 km south-southeast of Hong Kong (near 20.6 deg. north 115.1 deg. east) with maximum sustained wind speeds of 75km per hour near the centre. It is forecast to move north-northwest at about 20 km per hour towards the coast of Guangdong.

Strong Wind Signal No.3 is in force for Hong Kong. This means that winds with mean speeds of 41-62km per hour are expected.

According to the current forecast track, Merbok is expected to make landfall within 100 km of Hong Kong around midnight tonight. Local winds will strengthen significantly with heavy showers tonight.

Since the region of gale wind associated with Merbok is rather small, gale force wind will affect Hong Kong only when Merbok comes very close to the Pearl River Estuary. Depending on Merbok’s movement and intensity changes, the Observatory will consider later in the afternoon the need to issue the Gale or Storm Signal No.8.

As the sea will be rough and there are swells, members of the public should stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.

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

Dredging at Alhambra Crossing
Monday, June 12, 2017, Mississippi River, United States
The government dustpan dredge JADWIN is expected to commence dredging operations at Alhambra Crossing (Mile 191 Above Head of Passes [AHP]) on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

The White Castle Anchorage (Mile 191.1 AHP to Mile 190.4 AHP) will be off limits for vessel usage while the JADWIN is working at this location.

This assignment is expected to last approximately two weeks and the White Castle Anchorage will remain off limits until the assignment at Alhambra Crossing is completed.

The NOBRA and Federal Pilots intend to have the White Castle Anchorage cleared of vessels by 0900 hours on Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

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

Qatar sanctions update
Monday, June 12, 2017, United Arab Emirates
With reference to the decisions issued by the Government of the United Arab Emirates on severing relations with State of Qatar, all UAE ports implement the following:

  1. Not to receive any Qatari flag vessel or owned by Qatari Companies or Qatari individuals.
  2. Not Load / Unload any cargo of Qatari origin in any port or water of UAE.
  3. Not to allow ships to load any cargo of UAE origin to State of Qatar.

(For information about operations in the UAE, contact GAC at abudhabi@gac.com, dubai@gac.com, fujairah@gac.com, rasalkhaimah@gac.com or Sharjah@gac.com)

Source: United Arab Emirates Federal Transport Authority – Land & Maritime notice to Mariners No.2/2/1023 dated 11 June 2017

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