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Hot Port News from GAC

The Port of Singapore

19-Mar-2021

PLAN TO OPEN TO TOURISM IN JUNE/JULY
Bali, Indonesia

CLEANING WORKS FOR SEAWATER INTAKE CULVERTS AT WEST KOWLOON CULTURAL DISTRICT
Hong Kong

CONSTRUCTION OF SUBSEA PIPELINE OFF WEST COAST OF LAMMA ISLAND
Hong Kong

CONSTRUCTION OF JETTY OFF WEST JURONG CHANNEL
Singapore

DEMOLITION WORK AT NORTHERN TUAS BASIN
Singapore

INSTALLATION WORKS AT JTC SERAYA JETTY
Singapore

BERTHING AT OFFSHORE PLATFORMS SUSPENDED
Buckeye Bahamas Hub, Bahamas

TEMPORARY SUSPENSION OF INCOMING TRAVEL
Philippines

ISOLATION CENTRE OPERATIONS FOR FOREIGN SEAFARERS TO RE-COMMENCE
Sri Lanka

£3M EXTENDED & DUALLED RAIL FREIGHT HUB OPEN
Grangemouth, United Kingdom

Plan to open to tourism in June/July
Friday, March 19, 2021, Bali, Indonesia

Indonesia’s Ministry of Tourism and Creative Economy is planning to open tourism in Bali through the Free Covid Corridor or travel corridor in June or July 2021.

The Minister of Tourism and Creative Economy and Head of the Tourism and Creative Economy Agency, Sandiaga Salahuddin Uno, said the opening of tourism must meet a number of requirements, including a controlled Covid-19 number, and an increase in the level of compliance with health protocols with 3M, as well as strengthening of 3T, and vaccinations.

The government is targeting as many as 2 million Balinese people to receive the Covid-19 vaccine in June.

Countries that will explore cooperation with Bali for the implementation of this travel corridor are prioritised for having a travel corridor agreement concept with a high vaccination rate, implementing a strong 3 T, having a reciprocal relationship with Bali, and having a return home policy in accordance with the need for health factors in Bali.

The opening of tourism on the Island will start in three green zones: Nusa Dua, Ubud and Sanur.

For information about operations in Indonesia, contact PT Andhika GAC at shipping.indonesia@gac.com

Cleaning works for seawater intake culverts at West Kowloon Cultural District
Friday, March 19, 2021, Hong Kong

For approximately three weeks, cleaning works for seawater intake culverts will be carried out within the works area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22° 18.047’N 114° 09.899’E
(B) 22° 18.027’N 114° 09.899’E
(C) 22° 18.027’N 114° 09.884’E
(D) 22° 18.045’N 114° 09.884’E

The works will involve diving operations from time to time using the abutting seawall as the base of operation. One guard boat will provide assistance.

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. The guard boat employed for the works will not stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

The guard boat 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 area at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the 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.63 of 2021

Construction of subsea pipeline off west coast of Lamma Island
Friday, March 19, 2021, Hong Kong

For approximately one month, 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 (F):
(A) 22° 12.679’N 114° 05.755’E
(B) 22° 12.214’N 114° 06.063’E
(C) 22° 12.037’N 114° 06.093’E
(D) 22° 10.130’N 114° 04.424’E
(E) 22° 11.006’N 114° 03.969’E
(F) 22° 11.245’N 114° 04.500’E

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

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

Diving operations 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 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.61 of 2021

Construction of jetty off West Jurong Channel
Friday, March 19, 2021, Singapore

The working period for the construction of a jetty off West Jurong Channel has been extended. The work will now be conducted from 23 March to 22 September.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.016 of 2021, the works will be carried out 24 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays – within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01°17·354’N / 103°40·825’E
2) 01°17·404’N / 103°40·888’E
3) 01°17·444’N / 103°41·013’E
4) 01°17·380’N / 103°41·051’E
5) 01°17·272’N / 103°40·873’E

The construction of jetty involves piling work and lifting of construction materials. A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft about the works.

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 for assistance, if required.

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

Demolition work at Northern Tuas Basin
Friday, March 19, 2021, Singapore

From 22 March to 30 April, demolition works will be carried out within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 1°18.976’N / 103°38.950’E
2) 1°19.012’N / 103°38.983’E
3) 1°19.033’N / 103°38.961’E
4) 1°18.997’N / 103°38.927’E

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.17 of 2021, the working hours will be Monday to Saturday 0800-2000 hours and Sunday 0800-1700 hours.

The demolition of foreshore structures will be carried out using land-based equipment and the removal of linkway and existing pontoon will be by crane barge on spuds.

A safety boat will be in attendance at all times to warn and re-direct craft in the vicinity to keep clear of the working area.

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 for assistance, if required.

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

Installation works at JTC Seraya Jetty
Friday, March 19, 2021, Singapore

From 18 March to 17 September, installation works will be conducted within the working area bounded by the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01°17·368’N / 103°43·513’E
2) 01°17·373’N / 103°43·529’E
3) 01°17·344’N / 103°43·562’E
4) 01°17·330’N / 103°43·555’E
5) 01°17·345’N / 103°43·521’E

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.018 of 2021, the works will be carried out 0800-1900 hours daily – including Sundays & Public Holidays.

A crane barge will be deployed for the installation of the bio-diversity enhancement device.

A safety boat will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft about the works.

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 for assistance, if required.

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

Berthing at offshore platforms suspended
Friday, March 19, 2021, Buckeye Bahamas Hub, Bahamas

Due to prevailing weather conditions, the Buckeye Bahamas Hub terminal’s Port Condition Status was downgraded from Open to Restricted at 21:30 hours local time yesterday (18 March). As a result, berthing of vessels to the offshore platforms has been suspended.

(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

Temporary suspension of incoming travel
Friday, March 19, 2021, Philippines

Effective 0001H March 22,2021, to 2359 April 21, 2021, the entry of foreign nationals shall be temporarily suspended, except for the following:

i. Diplomats and members of international organisations, and their dependents provided they hold a valid 9(e) visa or 47(a)(2) visa, as the case may be, at the time of entry;

ii. Foreign nationals involved in medical repatriations duly endorsed by Department of Foreign Affairs – Office of the Undersecretary for Migrant Workers Affairs (DFA – OUMWA) and Overseas Workers Welfare Administration (OWWA), provided that they have a valid visa at the time of entry;

iii. Foreign workers under “Green Lanes” program for crew change provided that they hold a 9(c) crew list visa at the time of entry;

iv. Foreign spouses and children of Filipino citizens travelling with them provided they have valid visas at the time of entry;

v. Emergency, humanitarian, and other analogous cases approved by the Chairperson of the NTF COVID-19 or his duly authorised representative, provided the foreign nationals have valid visas at the time of entry…

…During the period of 0001H 22 March 2021 to 2359H 21 April 2021, the travel of Filipinos and exempted foreign nationals shall be subject to the arrival quota set by the Department of Transportation.

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

Source: Philippines National Task Force Against COVID-19 Memorandum Circular No.6, 2021 dated 18 March 2021

Isolation Centre operations for foreign seafarers to re-commence
Friday, March 19, 2021, Sri Lanka

The Sri Lankan Government has responded positively with regards to re-commencement of land-based Isolation Centre (IC) operations for foreign seafarers in Sri Lanka. This consideration was made after the shipping industry made an appeal to the government at a meeting held on 17 March.

Hotels have been vetted for Isolation Centres and other preparations are underway.

All operations will be conducted under the strict guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and we shall keep you updated on the progress and the date of commencement of IC operations soon.

For more further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Sri Lanka, contact GAC Sri Lanka at srilanka@gac.com

£3m extended & dualled Rail Freight Hub open
Friday, March 19, 2021, Grangemouth, United Kingdom

The Port of Grangemouth has completed and opened a multimillion-pound rail freight hub with the arrival DRS’s Aberdeen freight train service.

The new rail freight hub at Scotland’s largest port, saw an investment of £3million and with this increased capacity, it further secures its position as the key strategic freight and export/import hub for Scotland with a direct link to the port’s busy container terminal.

The new dual rail siding of 775 metres – previously 200 metres – can handle the longest freight trains on the UK network and is the first rail freight terminal to offer this and provide enhanced container / domestic intermodal options. This is of particular benefit for customers in the food, drink and perishables sectors across the Scottish freight community…

…The Port of Grangemouth has on-site distribution warehouses with cross docking possibilities and is within a few miles of the main supermarket distribution centres within Central Scotland. Grangemouth’s key strategic location in Scotland allows customers to take advantage of the excellent road, rail and shipping network that the port offers. Existing services link Grangemouth and its sister port in Tilbury on the Thames with a connection through Daventry.

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

Source: Extract from Forth Ports (www.forthports.co.uk) news release

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