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Around the Island Yacht Race
Friday, November 9, 2018, Hong Kong

A large-scale yacht race will take place around Hong Kong Island on 18 November 2018 (Sunday). About 250 yachts are expected to participate in the race.

The yachts will set off at staggered times between 0830 hours and 1000 hours off Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, then sail around Hong Kong Island in a clockwise direction, and finish the race off the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter by 1800 hours.

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the racing route 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.176 of 2018

Record annual cargo tonnage in Fiscal Year 2018
Friday, November 9, 2018, Panama Canal, Panama

The Panama Canal closed its 2018 fiscal year (FY 2018) with a record tonnage of 442.1 million Panama Canal tons (PC/UMS), which represents a 9.5% increase from the previous year.

With this tonnage, the Panama Canal surpasses the cargo projections of 429.4 million PC/UMS tons for FY 2018, as well as the 403.8 million PC/UMS tons registered in FY 2017…

…The increase was driven by the transit of liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and natural liquefied gas (LNG) carriers, containerships, chemical tankers and vehicle carriers.

The container segment continued to serve as the leading market segment for tonnage through the Canal, accounting for 159 million PC/UMS tons of the total cargo, of which 112.6 million PC/UMS tons transited the Expanded Canal. Tankers, which include liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers, represented the following market segment with 130.3 million PC/UMS tons.

The next leading segments included bulk carriers, 73.7 million PC/UMS tons and vehicle carriers, 49.5 million PC/UMS tons.

In terms of cargo tonnage, the main routes using the Panama Canal in FY 2018 were between Asia and the U.S. East Coast, the West Coast of South America and the U.S. East Coast, the West Coast of South America and Europe, the West Coast of Central America and the U.S. East Coast and intercoastal South America.

The main users during FY 2018 were United States, China, Mexico, Chile and Japan. A total of 62.8% of the total cargo transiting the Canal has its origin or destination in the United States.

(For information about operations in Panama, contact GAC Panama at panama@gac.com)

Source: Extract from Panama Canal Authority – www.pancanal.com – October 2018 Monthly Canal Operations Summary dated 8 November 2018

Security zone established around grounded frigate
Friday, November 9, 2018, Bergen, Norway

A security zone has been established at Hjeltefjord, the main route to/from the port of Bergen, 1NM around a frigate which ran aground after a collision with a tanker yesterday morning (8 November).

For further details and information about operations at Norwegian ports contact GAC Norway at norway@gac.com

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