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12-Jan-2021

RECLAMATION WORK AT TUAS VIEW OFF TEMASEK FAIRWAY
Singapore

VESSELS EXEMPT FROM RESTRICTIONS
Angola

UNION BAN ON WORK ON MAERSK VESSELS
Australia

PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT REQUIRED FOR CREW CHANGES
Singapore

MORE COUNTRIES ADDED TO RESTRICTED LIST
Philippines

Reclamation work at Tuas View off Temasek Fairway
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Singapore

The working period for reclamation work at Tuas View, off Temasek Fairway, has been extended. The work is now being conducted from 11 January to 11 July.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.002 of 2021 dated 11 January 2021, the work is being carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays and Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 1°16.297’N / 103°38.390’E
2) 1°16.297’N / 103°38.709’E
3) 1°15.705’N / 103°38.709’E
4) 1°15.705’N / 103°38.645’E
5) 1°15.608’N / 103°38.645’E
6) 1°15.608’N / 103°37.869’E
7) 1°15.543’N / 103°37.869’E
8) 1°15.543’N / 103°37.545’E
9) 1°15.608’N / 103°37.545’E
10) 1°15.608’N / 103°37.217’E
11) 1°15.651’N / 103°37.217’E
12) 1°15.651’N / 103°37.276’E
13) 1°15.651’N / 103°38.601’E
14) 1°16.188’N / 103°38.601’E
15) 1°16.188’N / 103°38.384’E

The reclamation work involves the installation of caissons, rock mound works, removal of stone shore protection, dredging and underwater blasting at basin and sand key trench.

Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity of the working area to warn other craft of the works.

During this period, bulk carriers, self-propelled barges and pusher tugs with barges in composite unit carrying bulk sand will be transiting the Temasek Fairway to the Tuas Finger One reclamation project area. The mooring and unmooring of vessels will be carried out one at a time during daylight hours between 0700hrs to 1800hrs.

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 of the working area;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and to navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 22 (Jurong Control);
and
e) Communicate with Jurong Control on VHF Channel 22 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

Vessels exempt from restrictions
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Angola

Following the announcement of the suspension of vessels and crew arriving from South Africa, Australia, Nigeria and the United Kingdom into Angola, the Maritime Authority of Angola has clarified that the restrictions do not apply to cargo, fishing and oil & gas support vessels.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Angola, contact GAC Angola at angola@gac.com

Union ban on work on Maersk vessels
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Australia

The Maritime Union of Australia (MUA) has announced protected industrial action by members employed by tug operator Svitzer Australia, as follows:

All members of the Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) employed by Svitzer Australia Pty Ltd shall engage in bans on the performance of work on Maersk shipping line vessels from 12:01am Tuesday, 12 January 2021 through to 11:59pm on Friday 15 January 2021.

All members of the CFMMEU employed by Svitzer Australia Pty Ltd shall engage in bans on the performance of work on Maersk shipping line vessels from 12:01am Tuesday, 19 January 2021 through to 11:59pm on Friday 22 January 2021.

All members of the CFMMEU employed by Svitzer Australia Pty Ltd shall engage in bans on the performance of work on Maersk shipping line vessels from 12:01am Tuesday, 26 January 2021 through to 11:59pm on Friday 29 January 2021.

The Protected Industrial Action shall be taken at the following ports covered by the Svitzer Australia Pty Limited National Towage Enterprise Agreement 2016:

Adelaide
Albany
Bowen
Brisbane
Cairns
Eden
Fremantle
Geelong
Geraldton
Kwinana
Melbourne
Mourilyan
Newcastle
Port Kembla
Port Pirie
Spencer Gulf (Whyalla)
Sydney (Port Jackson & Port Botany)
Westernport
For information about operations in Australia, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Personal Protective Equipment required for crew changes
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Singapore

The Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore has advised that to further safeguard the local community against the spread of COVID-19, service providers that facilitate crew changes in Singapore must meet the minimum level of personal protective equipment (PPE) as prescribed below:

With immediate effect:

Meet-and-greet staff shall don surgical mask and gloves when escorting crew at the airport.
Land transport drivers shall don full PPE (surgical mask, gloves, gown) when transporting crew between the airport and vessel.
Launch boat operators shall down full PPE (surgical mask, gloves, gown) when transporting crew between the pier and vessel.
Proper hand hygiene (i.e. washing with soap and water or using an alcohol-based hand rub before and after removing PPE) must be maintained.

For information about operations in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

More countries added to restricted list
Tuesday, January 12, 2021, Philippines

The Philippines has today (12 January) added Pakistan, Jamaica, Luxembourg, Oman and the People’s Republic of China to the list of countries from which the disembarkation of foreign seafarers is restricted due to the SARS-COV-2 variant first detected in the United Kingdom.

Ships coming from or having rendered port of calls from the listed countries within 14 days before arriving in the Philippines are temporarily restricted from disembarking their foreign seafarers until 15 January 2021.

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

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