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Seawall reinstatement works at Sai Kung
Thursday, July 11, 2019, Hong Kong

For approximately 2 months, seawall reinstatement works will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 22.482’N / 114 deg. 16.484’E
(B) 22 deg. 22.467’N / 114 deg. 16.515’E
(C) 22 deg. 22.316’N / 114 deg. 16.436’E
(D) 22 deg. 22.331’N / 114 deg. 16.403’E

The works will be carried out by two derrick lighters. One tugboat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 15 metres around each lighter will be established. 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 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 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 area outside the hours of work.

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 works area.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at [email protected])

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.115 of 2019

Marine Works west of Hong Kong Convention & Exhibition Centre
Thursday, July 11, 2019, Hong Kong

For approximately 4 months, marine works involving reconstruction of seawall will be carried out in the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (C) and the adjacent shoreline:
(A) 22 deg. 17.000’N / 114 deg. 09.983’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.074’N / 114 deg. 09.990’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.081’N / 114 deg. 10.338’E

The works will be carried out by a flotilla of vessels including two dumb lighters, two tugboats 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 50 metres around each lighter will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the lighters.

Several silt curtains, extending from the sea surface to the seabed, will be established within the works area. Each 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 extents of the silt curtains.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 2300 hours. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

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 [email protected])

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.110 of 2019

Port Condition X-RAY set
Thursday, July 11, 2019, Beaumont, Port Arthur, Orange, Sabine & Lake Charles, United States

The National Hurricane Center initiated an Advisory for Potential Tropical Cyclone TWO at 1000 CDT on July 10, 2019.

Effective at 1:00 P.M. CDT, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Port Arthur has set Port Condition X-RAY for the ports of Beaumont, TX; Port Arthur, TX; Orange, TX; Sabine, TX and Lake Charles, LA including all tributaries and connecting waterways. Tropical force winds from Potential Tropical Storm TWO are expected to make landfall along the coast of southeast Texas and western Louisiana within 48 hours.

The following restrictions are in effect:
1. All cargo transfer operations must be completed before sustained winds reach 35 MPH.
2. All commercial vessels greater than 500 gross tons intending to remain in port must immediately notify the Captain of the Port of their intentions and submit a Remaining In Port Checklist to the Captain of the Port for approval.
3. Vessels bound for these ports which are unable to depart prior to the closing of the port are advised to seek an alternate destination.

Vessels are advised to seek safe harbor in the northern reaches of the waterway. Survey places to moor or anchor to safely ride out a tropical storm or hurricane, and make available the necessary heavy weather mooring gear. Based on prior experience fishing vessels should moor north of Texaco Island Intersection. Vessels shall not moor in locations that impede the safe transit of vessels in the channel. By regulation, vessels intending to moor at 33 CFR 105 regulated facilities must have an agreed upon security arrangement with the facility prior to the vessels mooring.

Future Port Conditions cannot be predicted with any degree of certainty but, provided the storm remains on the projected course and speed, port stakeholders can expect the following progression of Port Conditions:

PORT CONDITION X-RAY
Set 10 July 1:00pm

PORT CONDITION YANKEE
Predicted 11 July a.m.

PORT CONDITION ZULU
Predicted 11 July p.m.

Arrival of Tropical Force Winds
Predicted 12 July a.m.

(For information about operations in the United States, contact GAC North America at [email protected])

Source: U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Information Bulletin 08-19 issued at 1:00pm local time on July 10, 2019

Port Condition WHISKEY set
Thursday, July 11, 2019, New Orleans, United States

At 1645 local time, July 10, 2019, in preparation for a potential approaching tropical system, the Captain of the Port (COTP), Sector New Orleans set Port Condition WHISKEY in accordance with the Maritime Hurricane Contingency Port Plan (MHCPP).

All self-propelled ocean going vessels over 500 Gross Tons, all oceangoing barges, and their supporting tugs below the Huey P. Long Bridge at MM 106 Above Head of Passes (AHP) on the Lower Mississippi River (LMR) are required to submit a Remaining In Port Checklist (RIPC) in accordance with the MHCPP prior to 1500 local time, July 11, 2019. Vessels are only required to submit the first page of the RIPC reporting tool found in Enclosure 2 of the MHCPP. Vessels are not required to submit additional mooring plans.

Upon completion of the RIPC fax or e-mail the reporting tool (Enclosure 2 of the MHCPP) to the Vessel Traffic Service at (504) 365-2519 or e-mail to: [email protected]

Vessel owners and operators are reminded of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that went into effect October 2014 pertaining to vessels and barges located below MM 73 AHP, LMR, and for parties to the agreement to adhere to the conditions of the agreement as port conditions change. At this time, the Coast Guard does not intend to implement the safety zone for river evacuation below MM 73. However, these requirements will be discussed on our daily Port Coordination Team conference calls and reassessed as needed.

All vessels entering and departing the COTP Zone New Orleans are reminded to update their Notice of Arrival with any changes to their arrival or departure information as per 33 Code of Federal Regulations 160.208 and 33 CFR 160.212. The COTP will make notifications as soon as waterway and bridge closures become apparent. The COTP has also outlined specific port preparation requirements and recommendations in the MHCPP.

The following precautionary measures are provided for your consideration. All vessels and facilities operating below the Huey P. Long Bridge are strongly urged to implement these measures:
– Secure missile hazards and clear nonessential equipment and loose gear.
– Secure/remove hazardous materials or cargoes to a safe location, especially drums.
– Oil transfer terminals not engaged in transfer operations should drain all loading arms and hoses of product, blank off hoses, and empty/clean small discharge containment.
– Mooring lines doubled up with due consideration given to the effects of predicted storm surge.
– If moored, outboard anchor rigged at a short stay.
– Ensure sufficient number of officers and crew onboard to tend mooring lines, and/or get underway.
– Vessel ballasted to ensure maximum safety.
– All side ports, hatches, portholes, and other openings are closed and secured.
– All fire-fighting equipment is ready for immediate use.
– A continuous radio watch maintained on Channel 16 and 67 VHF-FM.
– If at anchorage, at least two anchors set, for vessels equipped with at least two anchors.
– If at anchorage, vessels should remain ready to get underway within 15 minutes.
– Spare mooring lines and/or wires should be readily available.
– Facility storage tanks should be pressed up.
– Styrene and other similar product-producing facilities should take additional precautionary measures.

Ports and mariners are cautioned that the COTP New Orleans may quickly set Port Condition X-Ray and further conditions as the situation develops. You are strongly encouraged to review your existing hurricane plan or develop a plan if you do not have one. It is extremely important to decide in advance how to minimize your risk and be prepared to evacuate, if necessary.

(For information about operations in the United States, contact GAC North America at [email protected])

Source: U.S. Coast Guard, Sector New Orleans, Marine Safety Information Bulletin issued at 1645 local time on July 10, 2019

Public holiday for Democracy Day
Thursday, July 11, 2019, Turkey

Official institutions and banks in Turkey will be closed on Monday, 15 July, due to a public holiday for the country’s Democracy Day.

Vessels should make arrangements for crew change, spares delivery, provisions, etc. in order to save money and time. Some ports may be closed for the holiday whilst others will increase fees for official services (such as pilotage, towage, mooring, customs, etc.) on the holiday by 50%. Pilotage costs for Turkish Straits transits will be increased by 50%.

Therefore, please check with GAC Turkey prior to calling at any Turkish port.

For information about operations in Turkey contact GAC Turkey at [email protected]

Ports prepare for Tropical Storm Barry
Thursday, July 11, 2019, Gulf of Mexico, United States

The disturbance in the US Gulf has just been categorized as a Tropical Storm and has been named Barry. It is expected to reach hurricane strength by Saturday (13 July), just before landfall.

Several US Gulf ports have started to prepare and update their status, however New Orleans is the only one currently closed as rainfall during high river has caused issues.

NEW ORLEANS
All self-propelled ocean-going vessels over 500 GT, all oceangoing barges, and their supporting tugs below the Huey P. Long Bridge at MM 106 Above Head of Passes (AHP) on the Lower Mississippi River (LMR) are required to submit a Remaining In Port Checklist (RIPC) in accordance with the MHCPP prior to 1500 local time, July 11, 2019.
Vessels are only required to submit the first page of the RIPC reporting tool. Vessels are not required to submit additional mooring plans.
Port Status X-Ray set at 1100 hours local time on 11 July. Expected to be Zulu by Friday.

MOBILE
Port Status is currently Whiskey. The Captain of The Port (COTP) is being cautious and trying to get a head count of vessels in port over the next few days. US Coast Guard currently has no intentions of upgrading the port status.

BEAUMONT/PORT ARTHUR
Port Status X-Ray set at 1300 hours local time on 10 July.

FREEPORT
Port Status Whiskey set at 1900 hours local time on 10 July.

HOUSTON
Port Status Whiskey set at 1900 hours local time on 10 July.

LAKE CHARLES
Port Status X-Ray set at 1300 hours local time on 10 July. Yankee expected 11 July am, Zulu expected 11 July pm.

TAMPA
Port Status Whiskey set at 0800 hours local time on 10 July.

For information about operations in the United States, contact GAC North America at [email protected]

Source: GAC

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