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Replacement of subsea hose at Shell Single Buoy Mooring
Monday, February 25, 2019, Singapore

From 21 February to 5 April work to replace a subsea hose is being carried out at the Shell Single Buoy Mooring (SBM).

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.019 of 2019, the work is being carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 11·730’N / 103 deg. 47·433’E
2) 01 deg. 11·467’N / 103 deg. 47·700’E
3) 01 deg. 11·193’N / 103 deg. 47·433’E
4) 01 deg. 11·467’N / 103 deg. 47·162’E

A 500-meter exclusion zone centered on the Shell SBM Buoy (Fl.Y.5s) is established. A Multi-Purpose Supply Vessel supported by tug boats is moored within the working area and divers are deployed to carry out the subsea hose replacement works. A safety boat is 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

Seawall reinstatement works at Sai Kung
Monday, February 25, 2019, Hong Kong

From 25 February and for approximately 4 months, seawall reinstatement works will be 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. 22.633’N / 114 deg. 16.468’E
(B) 22 deg. 22.627’N / 114 deg. 16.497’E
(C) 22 deg. 22.563’N / 114 deg. 16.481’E
(D) 22 deg. 22.569’N / 114 deg. 16.453’E

The works will be carried out by one derrick lighter and one crane boat. One tugboat and one work boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 15 metres around the lighter will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the lighter.

Silt curtains, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtains.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.
Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

(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.32 of 2019

Ex-cyclone now well offshore
Monday, February 25, 2019, Southern Queensland, Australia

Ex-Tropical Cyclone Oma now lies over the southern Coral Sea, well offshore of the southern Queensland coast. The system is expected to move slowly northwards well offshore over the next few days.

Vessels berthing as per normal.

Terminal running as per usual with no delays due to weather.

The review of conditions was conducted at 0600 and it is considered safe to continue pilotage operations at this stage. There will be reviews at 1200 and 1700 today in regard to night time operations. High windage ships will be assessed on a case by case basis but at this stage have been given clearance to move. A Strong Wind Warning remains in force.

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

Modified Port Condition WHISKEY set
Monday, February 25, 2019, Philadelphia, New Jersey & Delaware, United States

The Captain of the Port (COTP), Delaware Bay, has set a modified Port Condition WHISKEY due to the forecast of high winds in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware area. A thorough explanation of port conditions can be found under the local contingency plans tab on homeport at: https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/delaware-bay.

The COTP has determined the region will likely experience gale force winds, increased seas, surf, coastal flooding, tidal surge and extremely low tides.

Members of the port community should take adequate precautions and review the Severe Weather Contingency Plan. In preparation for high winds, the following provisions of Port Condition WHISKEY are implemented:
– Vessels must have effective mooring and anchorage arrangements for anticipated high wind; vessel agents are asked to notify vessel masters of this requirement.
– Facilities must minimize debris that could become missile hazards.
– Lightering, bunkering, and cargo operations must cease when sustained winds exceed 40 mph.
– Vessels and facilities shall conduct a self-assessment for high winds and report any potential hazards or concerns to the Sector Delaware Bay Command Center at (215) 271-4807.

In the event that the COTP imposes further restrictions, they will be broadcast on VHF-FM Channel 16.

For information about operations in the United States contact GAC North America at usa@gac.com

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