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Restricted areas off Central Military Dock
Tuesday, July 2, 2019, Hong Kong

The Shipping and Port Control (Amendment) Regulation 2019 and the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) (General) (Amendment) Regulation 2019 [came] into operation on 29 June 2019. The Regulations establish two restricted areas, namely the Central Military Dock Inner Area and the Central Military Dock Outer Area, and provide that vessels must not enter, stay, anchor, moor or berth in the Central Military Dock Inner and Outer Area, with the exception of vessels not exceeding 60 metres in length that may pass through the Central Military Dock Outer Area without staying, anchoring, mooring or berthing thereat.

The locations of the two restricted areas are specified in the Fifth Schedule to the Shipping and Port Control Regulations (Cap. 313A). Details of the restricted areas are as follows:

(1) Central Military Dock Inner Area:
The area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
(A) 22 deg. 17.053’N / 114 deg. 09.813’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.103’N / 114 deg. 09.835’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.057’N / 114 deg. 09.959’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.007’N / 114 deg. 09.937’E

(2) Central Military Dock Outer Area:
The area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
(A) 22 deg. 17.053’N / 114 deg. 09.813’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.103’N / 114 deg. 09.835’E
(C) 22 deg. 17.057’N / 114 deg. 09.959’E
(D) 22 deg. 17.007’N / 114 deg. 09.937’E
(E) 22 deg. 17.001’N / 114 deg. 09.952’E
(F) 22 deg. 17.003’N / 114 deg. 09.957’E
(G) 22 deg. 17.101’N / 114 deg. 09.999’E
(H) 22 deg. 17.161’N / 114 deg. 09.837’E
(I) 22 deg. 17.060’N / 114 deg. 09.794’E

Two light buoys will be established at positions B and C, and two Automatic Identification System (AIS) virtual aids to navigation will be established at positions G and H on 28 June 2019 to mark the boundaries of the Central Military Dock Inner and Outer Area respectively.

The characteristics of the two light buoys at positions B and C are as follows:

Name: CMD2
Type: Special mark
Characteristic: Q(5) Y.10s
Position: 22 deg. 17.103’N / 114 deg. 09.835’E

Name: CMD1
Type: Special mark
Characteristic: Q(4) Y.10s
Position: 22 deg. 17.057’N / 114 deg. 09.959’E

Owners, Operators, Masters, coxswains and Persons-in-charge of vessels navigating in the vicinity are also advised that the virtual aids to navigation established above is transmitted by a land based AIS station and is not physically in existence. The virtual aids to navigation could only be seen and displayed on navigational equipment, such as Electronic Chart Display and Information System (ECDIS) and Radar, connected with an appropriate AIS device. Vessels without AIS or in the absence of ECDIS or Radar overlay will not be able to fully utilize the virtual aids to navigation.

Further information on the Central Military Dock restricted areas is provided in the Marine Department pamphlet “Establishment of Restricted Areas of the Central Military Dock” which can be downloaded from https://www.mardep.gov.hk/hk/publication/publicity_material.html.

(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.109 of 2019

Explosion at terminal
Tuesday, July 2, 2019, Aliaga Petkim Terminal, Turkey

An explosion occurred on an LPG tanker at Aliaga Petkim Terminal at around 23:20 hours local time last night (1 July).

According to initial reports, 16 injured people were taken to the hospital – one of whom later died.

The fire on the tanker has been extinguished, and the chief public prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation.

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

Source: GAC

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