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A container ship passes under the Suez Canal Bridge.

23-Mar-2021

CONSTRUCTION OF THREE-RUNWAY SYSTEM NORTH OF AIRPORT
Hong Kong

ISLANDS GROWTH DEAL FOR SHETLAND, ORKNEY AND WESTERN ISLES
Lerwick, United Kingdom

UPDATED ENTRY PROCEDURES
Sarawak, Malaysia

SEAFARERS’ QUARANTINE EXEMPTION
United Kingdom

CONTAINER SHIP GROUNDED
Suez Canal, Egypt

Construction of three-runway system north of airport
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Hong Kong

For approximately 12 months, marine works involving reclamation, seawall construction, sand filling, deep cement mixing, marine piling works, barging operations, hydrographic survey, marine material delivery and fuel delivery will be carried out in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (U) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22° 18.059’N 113° 53.861’E
(B) 22° 18.120’N 113° 52.852’E
(C) 22° 18.667’N 113° 52.446’E
(D) 22° 18.558’N 113° 52.096’E
(E) 22° 18.835’N 113° 52.139’E
(F) 22° 19.103’N 113° 52.181’E
(G) 22° 19.350’N 113° 52.220’E
(H) 22° 19.513’N 113° 52.723’E
(I) 22° 19.670’N 113° 53.212’E
(J) 22° 19.820’N 113° 53.676’E
(K) 22° 19.953’N 113° 54.085’E
(L) 22° 20.146’N 113° 54.687’E
(M) 22° 20.265’N 113° 55.070’E
(N) 22° 20.418’N 113° 55.533’E
(O) 22° 20.214’N 113° 55.994’E
(P) 22° 20.097’N 113° 56.257’E
(Q) 22° 19.946’N 113° 56.597’E
(R) 22° 19.833’N 113° 56.850’E
(S) 22° 19.642’N 113° 56.919’E
(T) 22° 19.357’N 113° 56.832’E
(U) 22° 19.329’N 113° 56.755’E

Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights and radar reflectors will be laid at co-ordinates (D), (G), (H), (I), (J), (K), (L), (M), (N) and (Q) to mark the boundary of the works area. The yellow marker buoys at coordinates (G) and (N) will also be fitted with AIS.

Cardinal mark buoys will be laid at co-ordinates (E), (F), (O) and (P) to indicate the safe side on which to pass the works area. The characteristics of the cardinal mark buoys are as follows:

Co-ordinate (E): 22º 18.835’ N 113º 52.139’ E
Shape: Pillar
Colour: Black horizontal band on a yellow body
Light: 9 flashes
Top Mark: Cones point towards each other
Radar Reflector: Fitted

Co-ordinate (F): 22º 19.103’ N 113º 52.181’ E
Shape: Pillar
Colour: Black horizontal band on a yellow body
Light: 9 flashes
Top Mark: Cones point towards each other
Radar Reflector: Fitted

Co-ordinate (O): 22º 20.214’ N 113º 55.994’ E
Shape: Pillar
Colour: Yellow horizontal band on a black body
Light: 3 flashes
Top Mark: Cones point away from each other
Radar Reflector: Fitted

Co-ordinate (P): 22º 20.097’ N 113º 56.257’ E
Shape: Pillar
Colour: Yellow horizontal band on a black body
Light: 3 flashes
Top Mark: Cones point away from each other
Radar Reflector: Fitted

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including special purpose vessels, pelican barges, cement supply barges, derrick lighters, flat top barges, hopper barges and jack-up platforms. Tugboats, work boats and guard boats 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 will be established around each special purpose vessel. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the special purpose vessels.

A working area of approximately 50 metres will be established around each derrick lighter and barge. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the derrick lighters and barges.

Yellow flashing lights will be installed at the four corners of the jack-up platforms to indicate the positions of the platforms.

The water depth at the works area will be reduced.

To safeguard the marine works operations and ensure navigational safety, guard boats will station in the works area and patrol the waters in the vicinity to give necessary guidance to the vessels approaching the works area.

Silt curtains, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established around the boundary of the works area. The silt curtain is a large piece of netting used to contain mud and sediments. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the extent of the silt curtains.

The hours of work will be round-the-clock including Sundays and public holidays. 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 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.60 of 2021

Islands growth deal for Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Lerwick, United Kingdom

Lerwick Port Authority has welcomed the UK/Scottish Governments’ £100 million Islands Deal for Shetland, Orkney and Western Isles.

Captain Calum Grains, Lerwick Port Authority Chief Executive, said: “Signing of the Deal is a major step forward, with huge potential for the three island groups, all-the-more so during the rebuilding from the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Funding from Shetland’s share of the deal means we can now progress our game-changing Ultra-Deep-Water Quay project on the sound footing of Government financial support and with the support of our partners.”

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

Source: Lerwick Port Authority (www.lerwick-harbour.co.uk) news release

Updated entry procedures
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Sarawak, Malaysia

Effective from 22 March, travellers entering Sarawak from West Malaysia, Sabah and Labuan no longer have to undergo rT-PCR COVID-19 test 3 days/72 hours before entry to Sarawak. However, a police permit is still required for entries to Sarawak.

The online ‘enterSarawak’ application at sdmc.sarawak.gov.my is still required. Necessary supporting documents must be attached.

The e-Health Declaration Form (e-HDF) must also be filled in within 12 hours before arrival.

The 14-day quarantine upon entry to Sarawak is still mandatory. A rT-PCR COVID-19 test will be taken on Day 2 and Day 10.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Malaysia, contact GAC Malaysia at shipping.malaysia@gac.com

Seafarers’ quarantine exemption
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, United Kingdom

Seafarers are now exempt from enforced quarantine or managed isolation when arriving in the United Kingdom from red/acute at risk list countries.

If a person is arriving from, or has been in/transited through a red/acute at risk list country in the 10 days prior to arrival to the UK, they must now arrive into one of the following approved “ports of entry’ only airports: London Gatwick, London Heathrow, London City, Birmingham, Farnborough, Glasgow, Edinburgh or Aberdeen.

There currently appears to be differing rules between the four home nations (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland) in terms of pre-departure COVID testing requirements if coming from a red/acute at risk list country. It is strongly recommended to check with local travel agents and airlines for the latest COVID travel requirements before making crew bookings.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in the United Kingdom, contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

Container ship grounded
Tuesday, March 23, 2021, Suez Canal, Egypt

A container ship en route from the Red Sea to the Mediterranean ran aground at KM 151 in the Suez Canal at about 07.40 hours local time this morning (23 March). The vessel suffered a black out while transiting in a northerly direction.

The 199,489 GT ship was fifth in the northbound convoy. None of the vessels before it were affected, but the 15 behind it were detained at anchorages waiting for the Canal to be cleared. The southbound convoy was also blocked.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in the Suez Canal, contact GAC Egypt at suezcanal@gac.com

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