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Hot Port News from GAC

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16-Feb-2021

MARINE WORKS AT JOSS HOUSE BAY
Hong Kong

PORT REOPENED AFTER STORMY WEATHER
Taman, Russia

VALIDITY PERIOD OF CREW CHANGE APPLICATIONS
Singapore

OPERATIONS RECOMMENCED
Gibraltar

HEAVY SNOWFALL HALTS OPERATIONS
Piraeus, Greece

Marine works at Joss House Bay
Tuesday, February 16, 2021, Hong Kong

For approximately 15 months, marine works involving construction of subsea pipeline 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 (D):
(A) 22° 16.004’N / 114° 16.873’E
(B) 22° 15.926’N / 114° 16.895’E
(C) 22° 15.906’N / 114° 16.810’E
(D) 22° 15.984’N / 114° 16.789’E

WORKS AREA 2
This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (E) to (H):
(E) 22° 15.795’N / 114° 16.737’E
(F) 22° 15.637’N / 114° 16.778’E
(G) 22° 15.618’N / 114° 16.693’E
(H) 22° 15.776’N / 114° 16.652’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including two dumb lighters, one hopper barge, one crane barge, one flat top barge, one special purpose vessel, one tugboat and one work boat. The number of vessels engaged in the works will change from time to time to suit operational requirements.

A working area of approximately 80 metres will be established around each lighter. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the lighters.

Silt curtains extending from the sea surface to the seabed will be established within each works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 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 works 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.hongkong@gac.com)

Port reopened after stormy weather
Tuesday, February 16, 2021, Taman, Russia

After three days of stormy weather, Taman port resumed operations from 13:00 local time yesterday (14 February).

The first ship was moored to OTEKO bulk terminal to load bulk coal. TNG terminal resumed berthing operations with LPG tankers from 17:30 local time either.

(For information about operations in Taman, contact the GAC Russia at taman@gac.com

Validity period of crew change applications
Tuesday, February 16, 2021, Singapore

Please refer to the table below on validity period of crew change applications, which will apply with immediate effect. Local ship agents are urged to work with ship owners/companies and manning agencies to provide timely updates to MPA with regards to the existing crew change applications in order to prevent crew change applications from lapsing.

Status of Application: Existing in-principle no objection (IPNO)
Circumstance: Vessel delay
Validity: Remains valid for a maximum of 2 weeks after declared ETD Singapore in the first issued in-principle no objection
Conditions: Update must be provided before the declared ETD

Status of Application: Existing in-principle no objection (IPNO)
Circumstance: Postpone crew change to next call
Validity: Next call to be within 2 weeks of declared ETD Singapore in the first issued in-principle no objection
Conditions: 1. Different purpose of call will require new approval & 2. Tentative new details must be provided at least 3 days before the first submission of required documents for final no objection

Status of Application: Pending agent’s reply to clarification email (IPNO not issued yet)
Circumstance: Request for in-principle no objection (when vessel delayed or postponed to next call)
Validity: Application remains valid for a maximum of 2 weeks after declared ETD Singapore in the preliminary crew change application
Conditions: Update must be provided at least 3 days before the declared ETD. Otherwise a new application should be made.
Note: All required information and/or documents requested by the case officer during the clarification phase shall be submitted at least 3 days before the date of earliest on-signer’s flight to allow sufficient processing time. Late submissions will not be processed.

Status of Application: Pending agent’s reply to clarification email (IPNO not issued yet)
Circumstance: Request for final no objection (when vessel delayed or postponed to next call)
Validity: Application not valid since no IPNO.
Conditions: Application not valid since no IPNO.

(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Singapore, contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com)

Source: Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore (MPA) update of 15 February 2021

Operations recommenced
Tuesday, February 16, 2021, Gibraltar

Gibraltar Port Authority has advised that operations have recommenced this morning (16 February), after being halted yesterday due to high swell making pilot boarding impossible.

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

Heavy snowfall halts operations
Tuesday, February 16, 2021, Piraeus, Greece

Piraeus Container Terminal, commercial port and launch boats are today (16 February) out of operation due to heavy snowfall, the most severe in 15 years.

This is likely to continue tomorrow, and may be worse, due to icy snow. Some services will probably be rendered, but delays should be expected.

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

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