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Lagos, Nigeria
Speed in Restricted Zones
Friday, July 13, 2018, Hong Kong
The attention of owners, coxswains and masters of pleasure vessels and all other vessels are drawn to section 9(3) of the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) (General) Regulation (Cap 548F) and regulation 19(3) of the Shipping and Port Control Regulations (Cap 313A), which set out the speed limit for ALL vessels within restricted zones.

The restricted zones are specified in the Eighteenth Schedule to the Shipping and Port Control Regulations and listed below. The speed limit is 5 knots between 8 a.m. and 12 midnight on all days from 1 July to 15 September (both dates inclusive) every year or all other Saturdays or public holidays.

T1 Plover Cove
T2 Sha Tin Hoi

K1 Tai She Wan
K2 Tsam Chuk Wan
K3 Hebe Haven (Pak Sha Wan)
K4 East Kiu Tsui Chau
K5 West Kau Sai Chau
K6 South Kau Sai Chau
K7 Bluff Island
K8 Clear Water Bay

A1 To Tei Wan
A2 Tai Tam Harbour
A3 Stanley Bay
A4 Chung Hom Wan
A5 South Bay
A6 Deep Water Bay
A10 Tai Tam Bay
A11 Repulse Bay

A7 Luk Chau Wan
A8 Sham Wan

A9 Tung Wan

L1 Discovery Bay

The coxswains and masters of all vessels, particularly large or powerful vessels, are strongly advised to exercise due care and avoid generating excessive wake wash when navigating in the restricted zones, in areas near swimming beaches and fish culture zones, in particular near Kai Lung Wan Fish Culture Zone, giving due consideration to the safety of other people and vessels in the vicinity.  In narrow channels such as Sor See Mun (Fu Tau Fan Chau) and Fat Tong Mun (Tung Lung Chau), the speed of all vessels should be reduced to a safe speed generally not exceeding 5 knots. Operators of speed boats and jet skis should exercise due care when navigating in narrow waterways, such as river channels and proceed at safe speed at all times.

Any person wishing to make a report concerning the apparent mishandling or excessive speed of a vessel may do so by calling the Harbour Patrol Section of the Marine Department at telephone 2385 2791.  The person making such a report may be requested to confirm the details in writing and may be required to appear in court as witness should the report subsequently result in a prosecution.

(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.110 of 2018

Merchant shipping legislation amendments coming into effect
Friday, July 13, 2018, Hong Kong
Amendments made to the following subsidiary legislation, giving effect to certain amendments to Annex II to MARPOL, the BCH Code and the IBC Code, will come into operation on 17 July 2018:
a) Merchant Shipping (Control of Pollution by Noxious Liquid Substances in Bulk) Regulation (Cap. 413 sub. leg. B);
b) Merchant Shipping (BCH Code) Regulation (Cap. 413 sub. leg. D);
c) Merchant Shipping (IBC Code) Regulation (Cap. 413 sub. leg. E).The amended regulations reflect the latest requirements of MARPOL Annex II in relation to the discharge and washing of tanks, documents, construction and equipment, and surveys and related matters on chemical tankers carrying noxious liquid substances in bulk.

Copies of the amendments to the said regulations [can] be found on the website of Marine Department:  http://www.mardep.gov.hk/en/notices/notices.html

Shipowners, operators and coxswains of local chemical tankers are required to observe and comply with the amendment regulations. For enquiries, please contact Local Vessels Safety Section by telephone no. 2852 4444 or e-mail (lvs1@mardep.gov.hk or lvs2@mardep.gov.hk).

(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.109 of 2018

New passenger landing charges announced
Friday, July 13, 2018, Tanjung Emas, Indonesia
A new tariff for passenger landing charges at Tanjung Emas Port, Semarang, coming into force from 1 September 2018, has been announced.

The adjusted tariff is as follows:

Domestic Passengers
– Current tariff: IDR 15,000
– New tariff: IDR 20,000

Foreign Passengers
– Current tariff: IDR 35,000
– New tariff: IDR 50,000

For information about operations at Indonesian ports contact Andhika GAC Indonesia at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

Truck drivers’ strike called off
Friday, July 13, 2018, Lagos, Nigeria
The strike by truck drivers and motor boys which had been causing disruption to traffic into and out of Lagos port was called off yesterday (12 July).

Trucks have starting to move again, but it is expected to take up to a week to clear the backlog that built up as a result of the strike.

For information about operations in Nigeria contact GAC Nigeria at nigeria@gac.com

Dredging near Denman Shoal
Friday, July 13, 2018, Singapore
From today (13 July 2018) to 12 January 2019, dredging works are being carried out near Denman Shoal.

According to the Port and Maritime Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.075 of 2018, the works are being conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1. 01 deg. 28.407’N / 103 deg. 48.609’E
2. 01 deg. 28.353’N / 103 deg. 48.452’E
3. 01 deg. 28.202’N / 103 deg. 48.373’E
4. 01 deg. 28.191’N / 103 deg. 48.331’E
5. 01 deg. 28.225’N / 103 deg. 48.319’E
6. 01 deg. 28.211’N / 103 deg. 48.258’E
7. 01 deg. 28.170’N / 103 deg. 48.271’E
8. 01 deg. 28.117’N / 103 deg. 48.125’E
9. 01 deg. 28.237’N / 103 deg. 48.135’E
10. 01 deg. 28.328’N / 103 deg. 48.241’E

Dredging work will be carried out by dredgers, supported by hopper barges and tugs. A safety boat will be deployed to warn other craft in the vicinity of the working areas.

Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international day and night signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) keep well clear of the working area
b) maintain a proper lookout
c) proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution
d) maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 21 (Sembawang Control)
e) communicate with Sembawang Control on VHF Control 21 for assistance, if required.

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

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