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Hong Kong
Panama Canal, Panama
Submarine outfall inspection works off Sai Kung
Monday, December 11, 2017, Hong Kong
For approximately 3 weeks, submarine outfall inspection works 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. 22.268’N / 114 deg. 16.610’E
(B) 22 deg. 22.232’N / 114 deg. 16.661’E
(C) 22 deg. 22.224’N / 114 deg. 16.654’E
(D) 22 deg. 22.260’N / 114 deg. 16.603’ EThe works will be carried out by one work boat and one survey vessel. One guard boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 25 metres around the work boat will be established. 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 not 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 the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.174 of 2017

Daily Neopanamax vessel reservations increased
Monday, December 11, 2017, Panama Canal, Panama
The Panama Canal Administration is capitalizing on the larger Neopanamax Locks to increase slot availability and efficiency for customersand effective December 1, 2017increased the number of daily booking slots available for Neopanamax vessels from sixto seven.

With this measure, the Panama Canal is embracing the additional capacity allowed for by the larger locks. The seven daily booking slots for Neopanamax vessels are offered in addition to the 23 slots available each day for transit through the Panamax locks…

…The additional slot is now available for ships transiting northbound (from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean), and was first offered on September 26, 2017 through a special competition in the first booking period in adherence with Panama Canal regulations.

Container vessels will have preference over other vessel types when allocating these additional slots. If no container vessels are interested, the slot will be awarded to any vessel that participated in the special competition, based on the Panama Canal Customer Ranking. After the special competition, the slots will be available to all vessels on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Neopanamax Locks can transit additional ships beyond the number of daily slots allocated. For example on November 17th, the Expanded Canal transited a record 10 Neopanamax ships which provides a daily performance that far exceeds the three to four daily transits originally expected.

The Panama Canal will continue to explore ways to expand its capacity, working toward the goal of offering eight Neopanamax reservation slots by the end of the first quarter of 2018.

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at gac-wilfordmckay.panama@gac.com)

Source: Extract from the Panama Canal Authority Monthly Canal Operations Summary – NOVEMBER 2017

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