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Port Hedland, Australia

Suez Canal, Egypt


Marine site investigation off Pak Mong, Lantau Island
Friday, February 15, 2019, Hong Kong

For approximately 12 months, marine site investigation involving drilling of boreholes [is being] carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 17.995’N / 113 deg. 58.147’E
(B) 22 deg. 18.101’N / 113 deg. 58.149’E
(C) 22 deg. 18.220’N / 113 deg. 58.351’E
(D) 22 deg. 18.171’N / 113 deg. 58.533’E

The works [are being] carried out by two jack-up barges. One tugboat and one work boat provide assistance. The number and types of vessels engaged in the works changes from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around each jack-up barge [is] established. Yellow markers buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights [are] laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the working vessels.

The hours of work [are] from 0800 to 1800 hours excluding Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the operation will 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 Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No. 30 of 2019

Channel dredging project
Friday, February 15, 2019, Port Hedland, Australia

Pilbara Ports Authority (PPA) has selected construction and maintenance services provider Jan De Nul to dredge the channel and improve access to Port Hedland, as part of its Channel Risk and Optimisation Project to sustain the long-term operation, development and future growth of the port.

As part of the project, Jan De Nul will mobilise a large self-propelled Cutter Suction Dredger during the first quarter of this year.

The project will provide an emergency passing lane alongside the shipping channel, enhanced water refuge zones and increased water depth in targeted access channel areas. It is schedule for completion by mid-year.

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

Vessel blackout
Friday, February 15, 2019, Suez Canal, Egypt

A 52,579DWT tanker ship with a draft of about 10.70m (even keel) suffered a blackout during transit of the Suez Canal, at 133 KM today (15 February) at about 10:34 hours local time.

The vessel No.14 of a total of 21 in the Northbound Convoy. 13 vessels in front are unaffected. All Southbound Convoys have been detained until the tanker clears her position.

Suez Canal tugs were engaged immediately and are currently trying to escort the ship to Bitter Lakes (Ismailia).

No information about damages or pollution has been released.

UPDATE 13.24 hours Local Time:
The vessel has been refloated and is being escorted by three tugs to Great Bitter Lake. Southbound convoy and detained vessels expecting to resume transit shortly.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in the Suez Canal, contact GAC Egypt at suezcanal@gac.com

Works at Tuas Terminal Phase 1
Friday, February 15, 2019, Singapore

The working period for works at Tuas Terminal Phase 1 has been extended. The work is now being conducted 15 February to 14 August.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No. 016 of 2019, the works are being carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 1 deg. 15.650’N / 103 deg. 37.040’E
2) 1 deg. 14.290’N / 103 deg. 37.039’E
3) 1 deg. 14.289’N / 103 deg. 36.979’E
4) 1 deg. 14.199’N / 103 deg. 37.005’E
5) 1 deg. 14.207’N / 103 deg. 37.237’E
6) 1 deg. 14.398’N / 103 deg. 37.237’E
7) 1 deg. 14.398’N / 103 deg. 38.755’E
8) 1 deg. 14.550’N / 103 deg. 39.133’E
9) 1 deg. 15.000’N / 103 deg. 38.920’E
10) 1 deg. 15.440’N / 103 deg. 38.709’E
11) 1 deg. 15.543’N / 103 deg. 38.709’E
12) 1 deg. 15.543’N / 103 deg. 38.414’E
13) 1 deg. 15.608’N / 103 deg. 38.414’E
14) 1 deg. 15.608’N / 103 deg. 37.135’E
15) 1 deg. 15.650’N / 103 deg. 37.135’E

The works will include reclamation, dredging, soil investigation and shore protection removal. Dredging work will be carried out by dredgers which are assisted by tug boats. The dredger will have a circular safety working zone of 70m radius.

Dredged materials will be transported to the designated dumping ground by the hopper barges which are assisted by tug boats.

The soil investigation will involve borehole drilling and vibro-coring using jack-up barges. Tug boats will be used to shift the jack-up barges. A safety boat will be on attendance to warn and direct craft in the vicinity to keep clear of 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 of the working area;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and to navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control);
e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

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

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