ESCORT TUG REQUIREMENTS FOR NEOPANAMAX VESSELS DUE TO DISPLACEMENT (UPDATE)
Panama Canal, Panama
YACHT RACES BETWEEN HONG KONG AND MACAU
Escort tug requirements for Neopanamax vessels due to displacement (update)
Monday, September 24, 2018, Panama Canal, Panama
In response to inquiries from customers regarding tug requirements due to displacement for Neopanamax vessels transiting through Gatun Lake, the following information is provided:
Full Container vessels transiting with displacements of 130,000 metric tons or more, and Dry Bulk carriers and Tankers with displacements of 120,000 metric tons or more, require one (1) escort tug through Gatun Lake, in addition to the standard tugs required through Gaillard Cut and at the Locks. Extraordinary Tug Services are charged under tariff item #1020.5067 of the ACP Marine Tariffs.
ACP Marine Tariff Item #1020.5067 is available at: https://www.pancanal.com/eng/op/tariff/1020-0000-Rev20160620.pdf
(For information about operations in the Panama Canal, contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at email@example.com)
Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No.A-34-2018 dated 21 September 2018
Yacht Races between Hong Kong and Macau
Monday, September 24, 2018, Hong Kong
Yacht races between Hong Kong and Macau will take place on 29 September 2018 (Saturday) and 1 October 2018 (Monday). About 18 sailing boats are expected to participate in the races.
The outbound trip from Hong Kong to Macau will start at 1000 hours on 29 September 2018 in an area east of Cheung Chau. Depending on the weather condition, it will follow:
(a) Course 1 – a south-westerly route through south of Cheung Chau, south of Tai A Chau, south of south-west of Lantau Island, thence to Macau if the wind is northerly or easterly;
(b) Course 2 – a south-westerly route through the southern Boundary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, thence to Macau if the wind is southerly or westerly.
The return trip from Macau to Hong Kong will start at 1100 hours on 1 October 2018. Depending on the weather condition, it will follow:
(a) Course 1 – a route through south of Tai A Chau and to complete the race at a position east of Cheung Chau if the wind is northerly or easterly;
(b) Course 2 – a route through south of Dazhi Zhou and to complete the race at a position east of Cheung Chau if the wind is southerly or westerly.
Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the racing routes 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 firstname.lastname@example.org)
Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.151 of 2018