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Tin Hau Festival at Tai Miu Wan (Joss House Bay)
Monday, April 22, 2019, Hong Kong

The Tin Hau Festival at Tai Miu Wan will be celebrated this year on 27 April 2019. Coxswains, owners and operators of local vessels are advised that arrangements for embarkation and disembarkation will only be made at the western side of the main pier of Tai Miu Wan, whereas the eastern side of the main pier will be used by licensed ferries.

A ferry service between North Point Ferry Pier and the Tai Miu Wan pier will be operated on 26 April 2019 and 27 April 2019. Details of the ferry service will be announced by the Transport Department in due course.

The Marine Department and the Hong Kong Police Force patrol launches will be stationed in the vicinity to direct and control vessels attending the festival.

Persons-in-charge of local vessels are strongly reminded to ensure that vessels shall not carry passengers more than they are certified to carry. As only one set of landing steps will be available for use by local vessels, persons-in-charge of local vessels must exercise extreme care, patience and good seamanship and follow the berthing/unberthing instructions of the Marine Department and the Hong Kong Police Force patrol launches on the scene.

Masters of vessels navigating in the Tathong Channel on the above dates are advised to proceed with caution as more local traffic than normal will be encountered between Lei Yue Mun and Tai Miu Wan.

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

Source: Government of the Hong Kong Marine Department Notice No.70 of 2019

Sea survey off Raffles Reserved Anchorage
Monday, April 22, 2019, Singapore

Starting today (22 April) and until Friday 26 April, a sea survey is being carried out off Raffles Reserved Anchorage.

According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore Port Marine Notice No.038 of 2019 dated 22 April 2019, the work is being conducted from 0800 to 1800 hours daily within the working area bounded by the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
1) 01 deg. 10.300’N / 103 deg. 45.600’E
2) 01 deg. 10.300’N / 103 deg. 45.833’E
3) 01 deg. 10.100’N / 103 deg. 45.833’E
4) 01 deg. 10.100’N / 103 deg. 45.600’E

Underwater surveys will be conducted to establish the current profiles and wave heights in the working area. 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 survey will exhibit the appropriate local and international day signals.

When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear and not to enter the working area;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 68 (West Control);
e) Communicate with West Control on VHF Channel 68 for assistance, if required.

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

Mount Agung erupts
Monday, April 22, 2019, Bali, Indonesia

Karangasem Regency in Bali is on alert after the volcano Mount Agung erupted again at 18.55 hours local time yesterday (Sunday 21 April).

According to the Geological Agency of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, this latest eruption occurred for one minute, producing an ash column is observed up to 6km above sea level. Flying ash is predicted up to 2500-3000 meters in all directions. At least five cities and regencies – Karangasem, Bangli, Klungkung, Badung and Denpasar City – and masks have been distributed masks to a number of communities.

The airport and Benoa Port have not been affected and are still operating normally.

For information about operations in Indonesia contact PT Andhika GAC at [email protected]

Port operations unaffected by bomb attacks
Monday, April 22, 2019, Sri Lanka

Port operations in Sri Lanka are continuing unaffected by the multiple bomb attacks that claimed at least 290 lives and injured another 500 people.

However, special checkpoints and spot checks are being carried out to ensure safety and security. People flying out are advised to report to the airport 4 hours earlier, due to the tightening up of security checks.

For information about operations in Sri Lanka, contact GAC Sri Lanka at [email protected]

Source: GAC

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