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24-Apr-2018
DOCKING/UNDOCKING RESUMED
Dammam, Saudi Arabia

LOCK CHAMBER BACK IN SERVICE
Kiel Canal, Germany

MAXIMUM ARRIVAL/DEPARTURE DRAFTS IN SWELL CONDITIONS
Port Botany, Australia

AIR DRAFT RESTRICTION
Port Botany, Australia

INSPECTION WORKS OF THE EASTERN HARBOUR CROSSING, CHA KWO LING
Hong Kong
Docking/undocking resumed
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Port movements for vessels docking/undocking at Dammam’s King Abdul Aziz Port resumed at 07.30 hours local time today (24 April) after wind velocity subsided and weather improved.

UPDATE: Vessel movements for docking/undocking were again suspended this evening due to safety concerns related to strong winds.

For information about operations at Dammam, contact GAC Saudi Arabia at shipping.dammam@gac.com

Lock chamber back in service
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Kiel Canal, Germany

The Kiel Canal Authority has announced that the second big lock chamber at Brunsbuettel is now back in service. There are no significant waiting times at either Brunsbuettel or Kiel-Holtenau.

((For information about operations in Germany, contact GAC Hub Agency Centre’s 24/7 Port on Demand Team at POD@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger, Germany – GAC agent

Maximum arrival/departure drafts in swell conditions
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Port Botany, Australia

By direction of the Harbour Master, notwithstanding the draft requirements stated in the Harbour Master’s Directions, the movement of sea going vessels entering and departing Port Botany are restricted under certain sea and swell conditions.

When swell conditions are greater than 3 metres at the Port Botany Channel entrance, a formula is used to calculate maximum permissible Draft. This formula is based on a minimum depth of 15.6m in the shipping channel entrance at Botany Bay.

Max. Permissible Draft in Metres = (15.6 + height of tide – max. swell at the channel entrance*) ÷ 1.1

Note: Maximum swell shall be the swell at the *Bombora Wave Buoy or the *Captain Cook Channel Wave Buoy, whichever is the greater.

The above formula is used as a guide for calculating the transit draft, however, the final permissible Draft is determined by the Pilot of the inbound/outbound vessel at Botany, at the time of arrival or departure.

Mariners, port users and persons in charge of vessels are advised to plan their arrival and departures from Port Botany accordingly.

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

Source: Port Authority of New South Wales Notice to Mariners No.03 of 2018

Air draft restriction
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Port Botany, Australia

Due to close proximity of Sydney Airport a maximum air draft restriciton applies 24/7 as follows: 51.925m – actual height of tide.

Restriction locations
a. All vessels in the waters, west of Captain Cook buoy, defined as the commerical shipping channels, swings basin & berths.
b. In Hayes Dock the restriction applies to the waters between the face of the berth to a line close west of the western side Hayes Dock lead lights. The air draft restriction is lower to the west of this line.

Navigation Charts
AUS 196. AUS 198, AUS 199

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

Source: Port Authority of New South Wales Harbour Master Instruction HMI 17-067

Inspection works of the Eastern Harbour Crossing, Cha Kwo Ling
Tuesday, April 24, 2018, Hong Kong

For approximately two weeks, underwater CCTV inspection works for the cathodic protection system of the Eastern Harbour Crossing will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 17.905’N / 114 deg. 13.776’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.894’N / 114 deg. 13.753’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.919’N / 114 deg. 13.738’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.922’N / 114 deg. 13.746’E

The works will be carried out by a work boat. A working area of approximately 10 metres around the work boat will be established.

The hours of works will be from 0900 to 1700 hours. Vessel employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of works.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work.

Vessel 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.63 of 2018

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