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Panama Canal, Panama


Maximum authorized draft for Neopanamax locks
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, Panama Canal, Panama

Based on the present and projected level of Gatun Lake for the following weeks, effective February 27, 2019, the maximum authorized draft for vessels transiting the Neopanamax Locks will be 14.63m (48.0 feet) Tropical Fresh Water (TFW).

Vessels arriving with drafts over 14.63 m (48.0 feet) TFW may be allowed to transit past February 27, 2019, depending on the actual level of Gatun Lake at the time of transit. Otherwise, they will be required to trim or off-load cargo in order to be allowed to transit.

Draft adjustments will be announced in 12 inch (30.5 cm) decrements, generally with at least four weeks advance notice.

(For information about operations in the Panama Canal contact GAC Panama at alexei.oduber@gac.com)

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory to Shipping No. A-03-2019

Removal of jetty and installation of mono piles at Pulau Sebarok
Tuesday, February 12, 2019, Singapore

The working period for the removal of a jetty and installation of mono piles at Pulau Sebarok has been extended. The work will now be carried out from 23 February to 22 August.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No. 15 of 2019 dated 12 February 2019, the work will be conducted 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 12.497’N / 103 deg. 47.728’E
2) 01 deg. 12.528’N / 103 deg. 47.779’E
3) 01 deg. 12.410’N / 103 deg. 47.892’E
4) 01 deg. 12.368’N / 103 deg. 47.852’E

Crane barges will be used in the removal and installation work. Diving operations will be performed as part of the monopile removal process.

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 (Western Control);
e) Communicate with Western 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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