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Hot Port News from GAC

12-Nov-2020

MARINE SITE INVESTIGATION IN PUI O WAN, LANTAU ISLAND
Hong Kong

AROUND THE ISLAND ROWING BOAT RACE
Hong Kong

SUBMARINE CABLE MAINTENANCE AT AP LEI CHAU AND LAMMA ISLAND
Hong Kong

TYPHOON ULYSSES
Philippines

BAU BOSPHORUS SAILING CUP YACHT RACE
Bosphorus, Turkey

ETA MOVING ACROSS NORTH FLORIDA
Florida, United States

SERVICES TO VESSELS AT OFFSHORE ANCHORAGE
Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

PROCEDURES FOR PASSENGERS TRAVELLING TO/FROM OMAN (COVID-19)
Oman

Marine Site Investigation in Pui O Wan, Lantau Island
Thursday, November 12, 2020, Hong Kong

For approximately 2 months, marine site investigation works involving drilling of boreholes will be carried out in the following locations (WGS 84 Datum):
(A) 22° 13.955’N / 113° 58.054’E
(B) 22° 13.853’N / 113° 58.001’E

The works will be carried out by one flat-top barge. One tugboat and one work boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around the 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 barge.

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works location 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.honkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.157 of 2020

Around the Island Rowing Boat Race
Thursday, November 12, 2020, Hong Kong

A rowing boat race will take place around Hong Kong Island on 15 November 2020 (Sunday). About 21 rowing boats are expected to participate in the race.

The rowing boats will start at staggered times between 0800 hours and 0900 hours outside the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter, then follow a route around Hong Kong Island in a clockwise direction, and finish the race at the Causeway Bay Typhoon Shelter by 1500 hours.

Masters, coxswains and persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity of the race route should proceed with caution, giving practical consideration to the contestants. Compliance with the provisions of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, 1972 is mandatory.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong, contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.honkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.158 of 2020

Submarine cable maintenance at Ap Lei Chau and Lamma Island
Thursday, November 12, 2020, Hong Kong

For approximately 2 months, submarine cable maintenance works will be carried out in the following works areas:

WORKS AREA 1
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (C) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22°14.572’N / 114°08.752’E
(B) 22°14.563’N / 114°08.666’E
(C) 22°14.617’N / 114°08.660’E

WORKS AREA 2
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (D) to (G) and the adjacent shoreline:
(D) 22°13.702’N / 114°07.338’E
(E) 22°13.739’N / 114°07.376’E
(F) 22°13.657’N / 114°07.468’E
(G) 22°13.622’N / 114°07.433’E

The works will be carried out by two dumb lighters. One work boat and one tugboat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres around each 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 lighters.

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works areas outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during 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 and keep clear of the works areas at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the works areas.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong, contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.honkong@gac.com)

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.160 of 2020

Typhoon Ulysses
Thursday, November 12, 2020, Philippines

At 3:00am local time today [12 November], the center of the eye of Typhoon “ULYSSES” was in the vicinity of Santa Lucia, San Miguel, Bulacan (15.2°N, 121.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 155 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 255 km/h. It is moving West Northwestward at 25 km/h.

According to the 24-hour public weather forecast issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) at: 4:00am today, flash floods or landslides due to heavy to at times intense rains may affect Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Camarines Provinces, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Isabela, Marinduque, the rest of Bicol Region, Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, Abra, and Kalinga. There may be moderate to heavy damage to structures and vegetation due to strong winds.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in the Philippines, contact GAC Philippines at philippines@gac.com

BAU Bosphorus Sailing Cup Yacht Race
Thursday, November 12, 2020, Bosphorus, Turkey

Vessel traffic in the Bosphorus will be suspended from 10:00 to 19:30 hours local time on Saturday (14 November) due to the BAU Bosphorus Sailing Cup Yacht Race.

For information about operations in the Turkish Straits, contact GAC Istanbul at turkey@gac.com

Eta moving across North Florida
Thursday, November 12, 2020, Florida, United States

At 700am EST (1200 UTC), the center of Tropical Storm Eta was located near latitude 29.7 North, longitude 82.4 West.

Eta is moving toward the northeast near 13 mph (20 km/h). It should move across northeastern Florida this morning and emerge into the western Atlantic this afternoon. The cyclone is expected to accelerate over the western Atlantic and move parallel to, but offshore of the Carolinas before heading well east of the Mid-Atlantic coast by late Friday.

Maximum sustained winds have decreased to near 45 mph (75 km/h) with higher gusts. Eta could re-intensify as a non-tropical cyclone on Friday before becoming absorbed by a larger non-tropical cyclone on Saturday.

Tropical-storm-force winds extend outward up to 115 miles (185 km) primarily over water to the east of the center. A NOAA Coastal Marine Observing site at St. Augustine Florida recently reported sustained winds of 37 mph (59 km/h) and a gust of 44 mph (70 km/h)…

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

Source: Extracts from National Hurricane Center, Miami FL, Tropical Storm Eta Intermediate Advisory No.48A issued at 700am EST on 12 November

Services to vessels at offshore anchorage
Thursday, November 12, 2020, Fujairah, United Arab Emirates

We have noticed recently that a few companies prior supplying lubes and bunker at Fujairah Offshore Anchorage demanding for COVID test results of crew onboard. Tri Star Transportation L.L.C. and Gulf Petrol Supplies are few among them.

Our Notice to Agent 62/2020 demands COVID test results for disembarking crew only.

Please be aware that Port of Fujairah has never set regulation in any of our circulars that COVID test for crew should be carried out in order to receive offshore service at Fujairah Offshore Anchorage.

Port of Fujairah will not permit any company to impose their own policies on our rules and regulations governing Fujairah Offshore Anchorage.

(For information about operations in Fujairah, contact GAC Fujairah at fujairah@gac.com)

Source: Port of Fujairah Notice to Agent No.89/2020 dated 12 November 2020

Procedures for passengers travelling to/from Oman (COVID-19)
Thursday, November 12, 2020, Oman

All passengers arriving in Oman are required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test conducted within 96 hours prior to the scheduled time of arrival in Oman. The COVID-19 PCR test shall be a validated and certified medical test result.

A citizen who tests positive after recovering from COVID-19 is allowed to travel to Oman, after providing proof that he has completed the prescribed quarantine period before taking the COVID-19 PCR test prior to departure for Oman.

The quarantine period is amended to be (7) days from the date of arrival in Oman if the passenger has negative results of a COVID-19 PCR test conducted on arrival and another COVID-19 PCR test conducted on the 8th day. If the passenger does not wish to undertake a COVID-19 PCR test on the 8th day, the quarantine will continue for (14) days from the date of arrival.

Children of age fifteen (15) years and below are exempted from the COVID-19 PCR tests and from the tracking wristband.

Diplomats working at foreigner embassies accredited to Oman and diplomats visiting Oman are exempted from the COVID-19 requirements for passengers to and from Oman.

The other requirements issued in the previous circulars shall be implemented.

This circular will enter into effect on 11 November 2020, and all airlines must take the necessary measures to ensure that the requirements to enter the Sultanate under this circular and any other previous circulars are implemented. Legal action will be taken against the offending airlines.

(For information about operations in Oman, contact GAC Oman at muscat@gac.com)

Source: Civil Aviation Authority circular effective 11 November 2020

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