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Eden, Australia

Dammam, Saudi Arabia


Marine works in the Hung Hom Fairway
Monday, October 29, 2018, Hong Kong

From 30 October and for approximately 8 months, marine works involving removal of pipe piles of temporary working platform, construction of bored piles and pier deck, and backfilling for protection of immersed tunnel units [are being] carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 17.975’N / 114 deg. 10.952’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.618’N / 114 deg. 11.024’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.598’N / 114 deg. 10.922’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.965’N / 114 deg. 10.861’E

To alleviate the impact to marine traffic arising from the marine works, the section of the Hung Hom Fairway which was temporarily diverted to northwards, [is being] reinstated back to normal alignment with effect from 30 October 2018.

The works [is being] carried out by a flotilla of vessels including four dumb lighters, one work boat, two tugboats and two guard boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around each lighter is established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights are laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the lighters.

The hours of work are from 0700 hours to 2300 hours daily including Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will not stay in the Hung Hom Fairway outside the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the operations display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of the Hong Kog SAR Marine Department Notice No.169 of 2018

Woodchip berth hire fee
Monday, October 29, 2018, Eden, Australia

Since 1 October 2018, South East Fibre Exports Pty Ltd – the owners of the Eden Woodchip Berth (ANWE Woodchip Berth) – have implemented a site occupancy fee of A$160 per hour.

This berth hire charge applies to all vessels calling at the woodchip berth and is based on the number of hours the vessel occupies the berth – from time ‘all fast’ to sailing time upon departure.

The charge of A$160 per hour is exclusive of GST with figures rounded to the nearest whole number.

For information about operations at Australian ports, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Wind & rain prompt temporary port closure
Monday, October 29, 2018, Dammam, Saudi Arabia

Marine operations at Dammam port were temporarily suspended for safety reasons at 0700 hours local time today (29 October) due to strong wind and rain.

Marine operations were resumed for docking and sailing at 11.50 hours local time.

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

Replacement of floating sea barrier
Monday, October 29, 2018, Singapore

From 30 October to 21 December, work will be carried out to replace a floating sea barrier west of Jurong Island Causeway.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.107 of 2018 dated 29 October 2018, the works will be conducted between 0800 and 1900 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 17·988’N / 103 deg. 42·626’E
2) 01 deg. 17·984’N / 103 deg. 42·681’E
3) 01 deg. 17·550’N / 103 deg. 42·676’E
4) 01 deg. 17·553’N / 103 deg. 42·622’E

A new floating sea barrier will be installed at the location using crane barges to replace the old barrier. Safety boats will be deployed to warn other craft in the vicinity of the working area.

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 and not to enter 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 68 (west Control);
e) Communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.

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

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