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04-Feb-2021

JETTY INSPECTIONS
South Killingholme, United Kingdom

ESTABLISHMENT OF AIDS TO NAVIGATION
Hong Kong

DREDGING AT URMSTON ROAD
Hong Kong

PCR TESTS FOR ON-SIGNING CREW
Sri Lanka

REGULATIONS EASED
Bahamas

CONSTRUCTION OF SUBSEA PIPELINE SOUTH OF SHEK KWU CHAU
Hong Kong

SANITATION CERTIFICATE RENEWAL
Bahamas

TUGBOATS STRIKE NOTICE FILED
Nantes-Saint Nazaire, France

TERMINAL RE-OPENED
Buckeye Bahamas Hub, Bahamas

Jetty inspections
Thursday, February 4, 2021, South Killingholme, United Kingdom

To allow continued use, and until further notice, regular inspections of the white oil loading arm at South Killingholme Jetty (SKJ) must be carried out. The berth needs to be unoccupied to allow crane barge access.

From 0800 hours on 6 February to 1630 hours on 7 February
(Safety instrumentation testing – Phillips 66 LPG system outage only)

From 0800 hours on 17 February to 1700 hours on 18 February
(Prep work for new loading arms, ladder repairs, fender repairs and timber removal)

From 0800 hours on 16 March to 1700 hours on 17 March
(Prep work for new loading arms, ladder repairs, fender repairs and timber removal)

From 0800 hours on 29 March to 1700 hours on 30 March
(Prep work for new loading arms, ladder repairs, fender repairs and timber removal)

For information about operations in the United Kingdom, contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

Establishment of Aids to Navigation
Thursday, February 4, 2021, Hong Kong

One light beacon has been established on the Southern Landfall of Tuen Mun Chek Lap Kok Link Northern Connection.

The particulars of the light beacon are as follows:

  • Position (WGS 84 Datum): 22° 19.401’N / 113° 57.678’E
  • Character: Fl. 5s
  • Colour: White
  • Elevation (metres): 7.5

(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.24/2021

Dredging at Urmston Road
Thursday, February 4, 2021, Hong Kong

For approximately one month, dredging operations will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22° 25.924’N / 113° 52.897’E
(B) 22° 25.924’N / 113° 53.027’E
(C) 22° 25.478’N / 113° 53.027’E
(D) 22° 25.478’N / 113° 52.897’E

The works will be carried out by one grab dredger. Two split hopper barges and three tugboats will provide assistance. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 150 metres around the dredger will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights and radar reflectors will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the dredger.

A silt curtain, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established beside the grab dredger. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtain.

The hours of work will be carried out round-the-clock.

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.26/2021

PCR tests for on-signing crew
Thursday, February 4, 2021, Sri Lanka

It is now possible to facilitate PCR tests for on-signing crew based at the Offshore Crew Transit Hub (OCTH) currently facilitating crew changes in Sri Lanka, at a cost of USD 75 per PCR. Results will take a minimum of 36 hours to be available.

Crew members with a positive result will be immediately transferred to the Multinational Offshore COVID-19 Treatment Centre (MOCTC) and treated until they have fully recovered, for which the below charges would be applicable.

Seafarers joining vessels that are already members of the MOCTC – USD 350 per head, per day.
Seafarers joining vessels that are not members of the MOCTC – USD 1,250 per head, per day.
For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Sri Lanka, contact GAC Sri Lanka at srilanka@gac.com

Regulations eased
Thursday, February 4, 2021, Bahamas

The Bahamas Government has eased some of its implemented regulations for personnel transiting through the Bahamas.

(For details and further 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 network agent

Construction of subsea pipeline south of Shek Kwu Chau
Thursday, February 4, 2021, Hong Kong

For approximately 3 weeks, construction of subsea pipeline will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (J):
(A) 22° 10.961’N 113° 58.104’E
(B) 22° 10.646’N 113° 59.549’E
(C) 22° 10.716’N 113° 59.822’E
(D) 22° 10.729’N 114° 00.718’E
(E) 22° 10.079’N 114° 00.719’E
(F) 22° 10.063’N 113° 59.619’E
(G) 22° 10.311’N 113° 58.559’E
(H) 22° 10.109’N 113° 58.293’E
(I) 22° 10.109’N 113° 57.426’E
(J) 22° 10.475’N 113° 57.426’E

The works will be carried out by three special purpose vessels.

One tugboat and two launches will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 600 metres around the special purpose vessels will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights and radar reflectors will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from special purpose vessels.

The hours of work will be round-the-clock.

Diving operation will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the operation 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 area at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the works area.

(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.29/2021

Sanitation Certificate renewal
Thursday, February 4, 2021, Bahamas

The Bahamas Health Department has confirmed they have started Sanitation Certificate renewals services for vessels calling at Buckeye terminal and Freeport Harbour (FHC) only. This service cannot be provided at anchorage or in areas off port limits.

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

Source: Elnet Maritime – GAC network agent

Tugboats strike notice filed
Thursday, February 4, 2021, Nantes-Saint Nazaire, France

Local tugboats company BOLUDA has advised that CGT union officers have filed notice for an unlimited strike starting from 0900 hours local time tomorrow (5 February).

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

Source: Sea-Invest Shipping Agency – GAC network agent

Terminal re-opened
Thursday, February 4, 2021, Buckeye Bahamas Hub, Bahamas

Buckeye Bahamas Hub Terminal’s port status was upgraded from Closed to Open at 04:00 hours local time today (4 February).

Hazardous conditions are improving but are expected to return late in the weekend.

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

Source: Elnet Maritime – GAC network agent

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