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Canoe Race
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Hong Kong

A canoe race will take place along eastern coast of Hong Kong Island on 11 November 2018 (Sunday) during the period from 0900 hours to 1800 hours. About 100 canoes are expected to participate in the race.

The race will start from Causeway Bay in Victoria Harbour, then follow a route passing Chai Wan, Cape D’Aguilar to Tai Tam Bay and finish at Stanley.

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity 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 shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.177 of 2018

BHP train deliberately derailed
Wednesday, November 7, 2018, Pilbara, Western Australia

Rail safety investigators are at the site of a deliberate train derailment in Western Australia’s Pilbara region, after a runaway train brought iron ore miner BHP’s rail network to a halt.

The fully-laden train, pulling 268 wagons of iron ore, was travelling from Newman to Port Hedland when the driver got out to inspect a wagon near Hester siding at 4:40am on Monday (5 November). While the driver was out of the cabin, the train took off, travelling more than 90km. It was eventually derailed at a set of points at Turner’s Siding, about 120km south of Port Hedland.

In a statement, BHP said about 1.5 kilometres of track was damaged, and the recovery process would take about one week. In the meantime, train operations across BHP’s network have been suspended.

Rail safety officers from the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator have arrived at the site of the derailment to begin an investigation. The Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB) is separately investigating the derailment. The investigation is likely to be completed in the second quarter of next year.

The implications for shipping are currently unknown.

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

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