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Potential Tropical Cyclone
Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Bahamas

The Bahamas Department of Meteorology is closely monitoring POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE which, at 8pm EDT last night (28 July), was near 14.2 N and 58.7 W or about 340 miles east- southeast of The Leeward Islands.

The system is moving west-northwest near 25mph with a slight reduction in forward speed expected over the next few days, and is forecast to move through the Leeward Islands today, near or over the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico tonight, and near or over Hispaniola on Thursday.

Maximum sustained winds are near 40mph with higher gusts. Some strengthening is expected during the next 48 hours.

At present, the system does not have a well-defined center of circulation which can prove to be difficult in forecasting its track and intensity over the next several hours. However, based on its current forecast track, residents throughout the entire Bahamas and The Turks and Caicos Islands should continue to closely monitor the progress of this system as it has the potential to pass through the entire chain of the islands as a Tropical Storm from early Friday morning through Sunday afternoon.

Locally heavy rains and gusty winds that can result in localized flooding are possible across the Turks and Caicos Islands and the Southeast Bahamas from early Thursday and these conditions are then expected to eventually spread into the Central Bahamas by Friday morning and finally into the Northwest Bahamas Saturday morning and persist through late Sunday or early Monday. Residents should be prepared to take quick action in the event a Tropical Storm Alert is issued sometime during the next 24-36 hours.

(For information about operations in the Bahamas, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: Elnet Maritime – GAC agent

Additional weekend lockdowns announced
Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Bahamas

With the rise in cases of COVID-19 in the Bahamas, and after consultation with local health officials and a review of the response of other jurisdictions due to the current global rise in cases, the Government has decided to implement two additional weekend lockdowns.

The lockdown this coming weekend begins at 7pm on Friday 31 July and will last until 5am on Tuesday 4 August, for all islands of The Bahamas, excluding Grand Bahama, where a complete lockdown is currently in force.

These measures are being implemented to protect the lives and health of Bahamians and residents. The Government will undertake a careful review of the health data after these two lockdown periods.

The port of Freeport, Grand Bahama remains open for business, i.e., Buckeye, Bahama Rock, Freeport Container Port (FCP), Offshore bunkering, Offshore Lightering.

(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in the Bahamas, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at hub.us@gac.com)

Source: Elnet Maritime – GAC agent

Flights reopened with restrictions
Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Indonesia

The Indonesian Government has reopened flights with new normal procedures in the Covid-19 pandemic era. Passengers must attach the conditions of Covid-19 test results to board the plane.

All other restrictions previously advised remain the same.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Indonesia, contact PT Andhika GAC at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

Crew changes suspended for ships without cargo operations
Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Hong Kong

Hong Kong’s tightened testing and quarantine arrangements for sea crew and air crew members came into effect today (29 July).

From 0:00 hours today, crew change arrangements for all passenger vessels and goods vessels without cargo operations are suspended.

All air crew and incoming sea crew members of goods vessels coming to Hong Kong for cargo operations arriving at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) must obtain a negative result of nucleic acid test for COVID-19 conducted at a recognised laboratory within 48 hours prior to boarding. They must also submit a deep throat saliva specimen at the Temporary Specimen Collection Centre (TSCC) of the Department of Health (DH) upon arrival to Hong Kong for testing purpose. All incoming sea crew members and those air crew members who do not possess negative test results must wait at the TSCC or other designated location until their test results are confirmed negative.

Airlines and shipping companies/agents must arrange point-to-point transfer for the air crew and sea crew members and the use of public transportation which will serve the general public at the same time is prohibited.

Incoming and outgoing sea crew members must only travel between the vessels and HKIA and should not go into the community. Air crew members must self-isolate at their hotel rooms or at home in accordance with the requirements.

Persons who are found to be in breach of the above exemption conditions risk their exemption status being revoked and will be subject to compulsory quarantine for 14 days. They are also subject to a maximum fine of $5,000 and imprisonment for six months.

Airlines and shipping companies/agents should implement all necessary measures to ensure the compliance with the above requirements. Relevant airlines and shipping companies/agents will be held liable for any contravention of the above requirements. For sea crew members, shipping companies/agents which fail to comply with the above conditions will be denied crew change arrangement in Hong Kong for one month. As for air crew, the Government would follow up cases of violation of public health requirements seriously, which includes reviewing the operation arrangements of those airlines in Hong Kong.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Hong Kong, contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com

Public holidays declared for Eid-el-Kabir
Wednesday, July 29, 2020, Nigeria

The Federal Government of Nigeria has declared Thursday 30 and Friday 3 July public holidays to mark this year’s Eid-el-Kabir celebrations.

Normal work will resume on Monday 3 August.

For information about operations in Nigeria, contact GAC Nigeria at nigeria@gac.com

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