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Temporary establishment of acoustic monitors for dolphin survey
Friday, October 2, 2020, Hong Kong

For approximately 12 months, acoustic monitors will be temporarily established on the seabed in the following locations (WGS 84 Datum):
(A) 22° 22.893’N / 113° 52.971’E
(B) 22° 20.299’N / 113° 53.871’E
(C) 22° 20.157’N / 113° 58.152’E
(D) 22° 18.910’N / 113° 58.988’E
(E) 22° 17.232’N / 113° 53.004’E
(F) 22° 14.948’N / 113° 51.248’E
(G) 22° 13.267’N / 113° 50.205’E
(H) 22° 11.917’N / 113° 50.481’E
(I) 22° 12.180’N / 113° 52.455’E
(J) 22° 11.324’N / 113° 54.456’E
(K) 22° 10.241’N / 113° 54.808’E
(L) 22° 09.367’N / 113° 54.521’E

The acoustic monitor is an instrument for collecting dolphin data. It will be fixed to an instrument of pyramid shape with a height of about 0.8 metre and a base of 1.0 metre by 1.0 metre on the seabed. Laying of the acoustic monitors will be carried out by a work boat.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours from Monday to Friday. No operations will be carried out on Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays. The vessel employed for the operations will not stay in the works locations outside the hours of work.

Diving operations for retrieving data from the acoustic monitors will be carried out by the work boat in the above locations from time to time.

The vessel engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution, bearing in mind there are divers working in the locations.

(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. 140/2020

Industrial action paused
Friday, October 2, 2020, Australia

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has paused its industrial action related to a pay dispute with the Patrick Corporation, which has affected operations at terminals in the ports of Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane and Fremantle.

No deal has been reached, and the industrial action has been paused until the matter returns to the Fair Work Commission later this month.

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

Roads to oil ports blocked
Friday, October 2, 2020, Aden, Yemen

Roads leading to Aden’s oil ports of Al-Zeit, Al-Mualla and the Caltex containers have been blocked by retired military personnel demanding payment of their pensions which were stopped in January, according to local reports.

The action has sparked a fuel crisis in the city, with hundreds of cars queuing for petrol, and fears rising over escalating protests.

For information about operations in Yemen, contact GAC Yemen at yemen@gac.com

OPL operations suspended
Friday, October 2, 2020, Gibraltar

Gibraltar Port Authority has advised that all Off Port Limits (OPL) operations have been suspended until further notice.

For information about operations in Gibraltar, contact GAC Gibraltar at agency.gibraltar@gac.com

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