Home Ports & TerminalsCanals Hot Port News from GAC

Hot Port News from GAC

by admin


Melbourne, Australia
Hong Kong
Kiel Canal, Germany
Friday, September 15, 2017, Australia
The Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) has issued a reminder about offences which arise under the country’s sanction laws. Sanction laws may, among other things, prohibit: the export or import of certain goods to or from certain countries, entities and individuals; and the provision of related services including transport.

The AMSA Marine Notice 11/2017 dated September 2017 states that Marine Offences apply in a range of circumstances, including where conduct constituting an alleged offence occurs on board an Australian aircraft or an Australian ship.

Australian sanction laws implement two types of sanctions regimes: United Nations Security Council (UNSC) sanctions regimes and Australian autonomous sanctions regimes. UNSC sanctions regimes apply to: ISIL (Da’esh) and Al-Qaida, Counter-Terrorism, the Central African Republic, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Guinea-Bissau, Iraq, Lebanon, Sudan, South Sudan, Somalia, the Taliban and Yemen. Australia implements Australian autonomous sanctions regimes in relation to: The Former Federal Republic of Yugoslavia, Myanmar, Syria, Ukraine/Russia, and Zimbabwe. Australia implements both UNSC sanctions regimes and Australian autonomous sanctions regimes in relation to: Iran, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Libya.

Offences arising under Australian sanctions laws may apply to conduct that occurs on board an Australian ship. It can be a criminal offence under both the UN Act and the AS Act for an individual or body corporate to make a ‘sanctioned supply’ of ‘export sanctioned goods’ or a ‘sanctioned import’ of ‘import sanctioned goods’ without authorisation; or to provide the services of an Australian ship to assist with, or in relation to, a ‘sanctioned supply’ or a ‘sanctioned import’ without authorisation.

For individuals, these offences are punishable by imprisonment for up to 10 years, or by a fine of the greater of three times the value of the transaction/s or 2,500 penalty units ($525,000) as at 1 July 2017. For bodies corporate, these offences are punishable by a fine of the greater of three times the value of the transaction/s or 10,000 penalty units ($2.1 million) as at 1 July 2017. For bodies corporate these are strict liability offences.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping-australia@gac.com

Closure of Yarra River
Friday, September 15, 2017, Melbourne, Australia
The Yarra River will be closed to vessels greater that 35m Length Over All (LOA), between Beacons 31/32 and Southern Dripline of the West Gate Bridge from 0800 until 1800 on Friday 29 September 2017, due to maintenance works involving diving to the services protection over the WAG pipeline approximately 100 meters south of Beacons 35/36.

Vessels less than 35m LOA may transit past the works area on the western side of the channel in an area extending 40 metres from the towline of the western side of the channel. All vessels transiting past the works area shall reduce speed so as to create no vessel wash.

For more details please contact Melbourne VTS on 96449700 or on VHF Channel 12.

Port Users are advised to plan movements for vessels with a LOA greater than 35m greater around the Yarra River Closure times and mariners of vessels less than 35m LOA shall reduce speed so as to create no vessel wash and navigate with extreme caution when in the vicinity of the works.

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

Source: Victorian Ports Melbourne Notice to Mariners No.234 (T) – 2017 dated 15 September 2017

Bulkhead removal works at West Kowloon Cultural District
Friday, September 15, 2017, Hong Kong
For approximately 8 weeks, bulkhead removal works for seawater intake and outfall culverts will be carried out within the works area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 18.047’N / 114 deg. 09.899’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.045’N /  114 deg. 09.900’E
(C) 22 deg. 18.039’N /  114 deg. 09.845’E
(D) 22 deg. 18.040’N /  114 deg.09.844’EThe works will involve diving operations from time to time using the abutting seawall as the base of operation. One guard boat will provide assistance.The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. The guard boat employed for the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.The guard boat engaged in the works 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 area.

(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.128 of 2017 dated 13 September 2017

Lock chamber closure
Friday, September 15, 2017, Kiel Canal, Germany
The Kiel Canal Authority has announced that due to maintenance works, one big new lock chamber at Brunsbuettel locks will be closed between approximately 0700 and 1500 hours daily from Monday 18 September until Friday 22 September.

During this period, only one big lock chamber will be in operation at Brunsbuettel.

(For information about operations in Germany contact the GAC London Hub Agency Centre at hub.gb@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

You may also like

Leave a Comment