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Hong Kong
New South Wales, Australia
Rowing event between Hong Kong and Macau
Thursday, August 17, 2017, Hong Kong

A rowing event between Hong Kong and Macau will take place on 18 August 2017 (Friday) and 19 August 2017(Saturday). About 20 rowing boats and 4 supporting yachts are expected to participate in the event.

The event will start at Ma Wan Chung Pier, Lantau Island at 1400 hours on 18 August 2017, through northwest of Sha Lo Wan, thence to Tai O, Lantau Island. The outbound trip will start at Tai O at 0800 hours on 19 August 2017 and thence to Hac Sa Beach, Coloane, Macau.

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution, giving practical consideration to the participants. Compliance with the provisions of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 is mandatory….

….In the event of inclement weather, the event may be postponed to the fallback dates of 25 August 2017 and 26 August 2017 with the same time sequence as aforementioned.

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

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.116 of 2017

High winds forecast for Port Kembla & Illawarra Coast
Thursday, August 17, 2017, New South Wales, Australia
There is currently a forecast of high winds issued by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for Port Kembla and the Illawarra Coast. Port stakeholders are advised to monitor the BOM issued forecasts and make independent decisions without waiting for advice from the Port Authority of NSW….

….Port Stakeholders are advised that there is a possibility of delays to marine operations within the port from this afternoon [17 August] onwards and we will endeavour to provide as much notice as possible. From the current forecasts the worst of the weather appears to be from this evening until about midday on Sunday 20 August, but this could be extended with very little notice.

The latest weather warnings have been issued by BOM. The links below are all current and will give you access to the latest Bureau of Metrology forecasts and warnings for your information and planning purposes:

The port and anchorage remains open and we will continue managing ships on a case by case basis as required.

For vessels that are alongside in the port of Port Kembla, Masters are to ensure all adequate precautions have been made for securing their vessels for the weather conditions expected. This may include, but not limited to:

  • extra lines,
  • anchors ready for letting go or lowered to the seabed if considered necessary,
  • ramp positioning for PCCs, and
  • requiring tugs on standby at the discretion of the Master, and without waiting for instruction from the Port Kembla VTIC or Harbour Master.

As a precondition of vessels remaining within the Port during this weather event, Masters and Agents are advised that I reserve the right to order tugs to be on standby for vessels that remain in the port for the purposes of port and navigational safety, the costs of which will be shared equally amongst the vessels alongside in the port at the time.

VTIC will broadcast warnings on our routine 4 hourly VHF forecasts from this afternoon.

(For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)

Source: Port Kembla Port Authority notification

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