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Kiel Canal, Germany

Marine works inside Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter
Friday, September 4, 2020, Hong Kong

For approximately 6 months, marine works involving material filling and leveling will be carried out in the following works areas:

This area is bounded by straight line joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (H):
(A) 22 deg. 17.251’N / 114 deg. 11.272’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.231’N / 114 deg. 11.304’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.079’N / 114 deg. 11.162’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.100’N / 114 deg. 11.093’E
(E) 22 deg. 17.160’N / 114 deg. 11.097’E
(F) 22 deg. 17.202’N / 114 deg. 11.254’E
(G) 22 deg. 17.227’N / 114 deg. 11.259’E
(H) 22 deg. 17.232’N / 114 deg. 11.253’E

This area is bounded by straight line joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (I) to (N):
(I) 22 deg. 17.225’N / 114 deg. 11.313’E
(J) 22 deg. 17.157’N / 114 deg. 11.339’E
(K) 22 deg. 17.153’N / 114 deg. 11.349’E
(L) 22 deg. 17.100’N / 114 deg. 11.328’E
(M) 22 deg. 17.061’N / 114 deg. 11.181’E
(N) 22 deg. 17.069’N / 114 deg. 11.169’E

This area is bounded by straight line joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (O) to (Q):
(O) 22 deg. 17.144’N / 114 deg. 11.037’E
(P) 22 deg. 17.113’N / 114 deg. 11.035’E
(Q) 22 deg. 17.132’N / 114 deg. 10.989’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including one derrick barge, one hopper barge, one tugboat and two work boats. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 20 metres around each barge will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the barges.

Silt curtains fitted with yellow flashing lights will be established within the works areas. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 2300 hours. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works areas outside the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the operations 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.125/2020 dated 2 September 2020

Commencement of 2020-2021 Brown Marmorated Stink Bug (BMSB) Risk Season
Friday, September 4, 2020, Australia

In response to the rapid expansion of BMSB throughout Europe and North America, the department retains the seasonal measures to manage the BMSB risk to Australia. The measures remain essentially the same as last season, with the major change for the 2020-21 BMSB season being the addition of four (4) countries to the target risk country list. These countries are Kazakhstan, Portugal, Moldova and Ukraine.

For this season, heightened biosecurity measures continue to apply to:

certain goods manufactured in, or shipped from target risk countries, and/or vessels that berth at, load or tranship from target risk countries
These measures apply to goods shipped from 1 September 2020 and that arrive in Australian territory by 31 May 2021 (inclusive).

Target high risk goods shipped between 1 September and 30 April require mandatory treatment, and will be referred for intervention if they arrive by 31 May 2021 (inclusive).

Goods shipped prior to 30 April that arrive after 31 May may be subject to intervention as required.

The department strongly recommends goods subject to the measures are treated offshore to reduce delays and storage costs at the border. Onshore capacity for treatment and storage of BMSB risk cargo may be limited.

Where goods are unable to be treated offshore, please ensure containers are packed suitably for effective onshore treatment. Please refer to the guidance factsheets on consignment suitability and treatment methodologies to ensure goods are suitable for BMSB treatments.

Where goods are deemed not suitable for onshore treatment, they will be directed to a Class 4.7AA site for a secure unpack or directed for export. NB: the uptake and registration of class 4.7 approved arrangements is a commercial decision, therefore, there may be limited availability in some states.

All break bulk cargo, including open top, flat rack and modified shippers own containers require mandatory treatment offshore. These cargo types cannot be treated onshore. Goods that do not comply with BMSB measures will be denied discharge prior to arrival and / or exported on arrival for treatment offshore.

For further information on the 2020-21 seasonal measures please visit the BMSB webpage [https://www.agriculture.gov.au/import/before/brown-marmorated-stink-bugs]…

…For further information regarding BMSB seasonal measures, can be found on the BMSB webpage http://agriculture.gov.au/bmsb or for policy information email spp@agriculture.gov.au…

(For further details and information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)

Source: Extract from Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment, Notice 136-2020 dated 1 September 2020

Damaged lock gate replaced
Friday, September 4, 2020, Kiel Canal, Germany

Two big locks are again in operation at Kiel, after a damaged lock gate was successfully exchanged today (4 September).

(For information about operations in Germany, contact the GAC Dubai Hub Agency Centre at hub.ae@gac.com)

Source: Sartori & Berger – GAC agent

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