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Anchoring of vessels off Tuas View Extension
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, Singapore

During the period [up to 25 June 2018], bulk carriers will be transiting the Sinki Fairway to the two break-bulking slots (i.e. ATWJ1 and ATWJ2)…

The anchoring of vessels will take place during daylight hours between 0630 hours and 1900 hours. All vessels shall maintain a proper lookout, proceed at a safe speed and to navigate with caution when in the vicinity of the area.

Any enquires relating to the mooring and unmooring operations can be directed to Mr Andrew Lee, Operation Manager at Tel: (65) 9777-7896 (email: andrew.lee@gmaritime.com).

Please call Capt. Shawn Hoe at Tel: (65) 6773-7401 or Marine Safety Control Centre (MSCC) Duty Officer at (65) 6325-2488/2489 for clarifications on this Port Marine Notice.

(For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.017 of 2018 dated 13 February 2018

Safe navigation in poor visibility
Tuesday, February 13, 2018, Hong Kong

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels are hereby reminded to strictly comply with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 when navigating within Hong Kong waters, especially in poor visibility.

All vessels navigating in Hong Kong waters shall do so at a safe speed not exceeding the applicable speed restrictions. Extreme caution should be exercised when navigating in fog, heavy rain or restricted visibility. Appropriate sound signals shall be made in accordance with the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972.

The importance of Rules 5 (Look-out), 6 (Safe speed), 7 (Risk of collision), 8 (Action to avoid collision) and 19 (Conduct of vessels in restricted visibility) of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 should be borne in mind at all times when navigating with the aid of radar in restricted visibility.

It should be noted that when radar and/or Automatic Identification System is used without the benefit of adequate plotting facilities and full appraisal of the traffic situation, the traffic information obtained thereof is rather scanty and should be construed accordingly.

When the visibility in any part of Hong Kong waters or its approaches is reduced to less than two nautical miles, for example by fog or mist, the Vessel Traffic Centre (Call-sign “MARDEP”) will broadcast visibility reports on the major traffic routes and other water areas on V.H.F. Channels 02, 12, 14, 63 and 67. These will be broadcast on each hour until such time the visibility has improved to more than two nautical miles.

Masters of vessels issued with miscellaneous permits to proceed at a speed exceeding the maximum permitted speed stipulated under the Shipping and Port Control Regulations and the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) (General) Regulation, formerly known as “Speed Restriction Exemption Permits”, should strictly observe the condition specified on the permits.

In the event of an accident, this should be reported immediately to the Vessel Traffic Centre, either on V.H.F. (channel 02, 12, 14, 63 or 67) or by telephone (no. 2233 7808).

(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.21 of 2018 dated 13 February 2018

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