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Hong Kong
Delaware Bay & River, United States
Gladstone, Australia
Around the Island Yacht Race
Thursday, January 25, 2018, Hong Kong
A yacht race will take place around Hong Kong Island on 28 January 2018 (Sunday). About 22 yachts are expected to participate in the race.

The yachts will set off at 1030 hours and 1130 hours off the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal in 2 batches, sailing around Hong Kong Island in a clockwise direction, and finish the race off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter and Kai Tak Cruise Terminal respectively by 1530 hours.

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

(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.6 of 2018

Change to seasonal ice procedure status
Thursday, January 25, 2018, Delaware Bay & River, United States
All steel hull restrictions in the Delaware Bay Captain of the Port (COTP) Zone have been lifted, except for the Delaware River north of the Kinder Morgan Fairless Hills Turning Basin, adjacent to Newbold Channel.

The following procedures remain:

  • Vessels should be able to maneuver unassisted without needing to stop, back off, and ram the ice.
  • When ice is present:
    – Vessel moorings should be checked frequently to ensure the vessel is adequately moored.
    – Vessels at anchor should maintain their engines on standby at all times.
    – Vessels at anchor should ensure that proper bridge watches are stood at all times.
  • Vessel sea chests should be checked regularly for ice buildup and precautions should be taken to ensure that the sea chests are kept clear.

Vessels which do not meet the requirements for specific areas as listed may request a waiver from the Captain of the Port, Delaware Bay. Those vessels should submit a request via email to secdelbaycc@uscg.mil detailing their need for a waiver and their intentions for transit. Waiver requests will be granted on a case by case basis.

Due to ice, a significant amount of buoys have been reported missing or off station in the Sector Delaware Bay Captain of the Port Zone. The Captain of the Port urges mariners to refrain from utilizing floating aids as a primary means of navigation.

The COTP may set ice conditions for any safety zone described in title 33 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) part 165.550, or a portion thereof, requiring vessels to meet the restrictions. Vessels must have the proper hull type and an adequate propulsion system meeting the minimum horsepower requirements imposed.

For current ice condition information go to https://homeport.uscg.mil/ and select Delaware Bay from the Port Directory drop down. Ice condition updates are located in the Safety Notifications section under Safety Alerts. Ice condition information can also be obtained by calling the Sector Delaware Bay Ice Line at (215) 271-4995.

For information about operations in the United States contact GAC North America at usa@gac.com

Coal train derailment
Thursday, January 25, 2018, Gladstone, Australia
A train carrying approximately 18 wagons of coal to the port of Gladstone is reported to have derailed this afternoon (Thursday 25 January). Details of the incident are not yet available, nor is an indication of when a clean-up is expected to be completed.

The derailment could result in delays of coal reaching Gladstone, but will not affect Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal, Hay Point or Abbot Point Coal Terminals.

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

Stevedores to stop work as part of protest
Thursday, January 25, 2018, Finland
The Transport Workers’ Union AKT has advised that they will take part in a political protest against the Finnish Government’s employment policies on Friday 2 February 2018.

As part of the protest, stevedores will stage a 24-hour work stoppage at all Finnish ports from 06.00 hours on Friday 2 February until 06.00 hours on Saturday 3 February.

For information about operations at Finnish ports, contact GAC Finland at shipping.finland@gac.com

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