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Wednesday, 25 September 2019 | 20:00

Seawall reinstatement works at Chai Wan
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Hong Kong

For approximately 4 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. 16.531’N / 114 deg. 14.519’E
(B) 22 deg. 16.551’N / 114 deg. 14.547’E
(C) 22 deg. 16.505’N / 114 deg. 14.585’E
(D) 22 deg. 16.471’N / 114 deg. 14.569’E

The works will be carried out by one derrick lighter and one tugboat.

A working area of approximately 15 metres around the 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 lighter.

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 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.151 of 2019

Modification to BAPLIE file requirement for full container vessels
Wednesday, September 25, 2019, Panama Canal, Panama

Effective October 1, 2019, the current 0700 hours deadline for submitting the BAPLIE file for transiting full container vessels will be extended to 0900 hours of the day following the transit date. In addition, if the day following the transit date falls on a weekend or an official holiday, the BAPLIE file and a Container Summary form shall be received no later than 0900 hours of the first business day following the transit date.

For vessels performing cargo operations prior to transit, in ports adjacent to the sea entrances of the Canal (Balboa, Cristobal and Manzanillo Bay), the BAPLIE file generated after cargo operations and a revised Container Summary form signed and stamped by the master shall be submitted prior to 0900 hours of the day following the transit date. If the day following the transit date falls on a weekend or an official holiday, the BAPLIE file and a Container Summary form must be received no later than 0900 hours of the first business day following the transit date. In the event that the revised Container Summary form is not received, the Panama Canal Authority (ACP) reserves the right to determine the variable portion of the tolls to be invoiced.

Extensions to the 0900 hours deadline may be requested by the vessel’s local agency through the Panama Maritime Single Window (VUMPA). If the extension request and the BAPLIE file are received prior to 1000 hours on the day following the transit date, tariff item #1084.0020 of the Marine Tariff will be applied. If the extension request and the BAPLIE file are received after 1000 hours, but prior to 1000 hours on the second day following the transit date, tariff item #1084.0025 of the Marine Tariff will be applied. The procedures regarding how to submit the BAPLIE extension request in VUMPA may be obtained through [email protected]

Full container vessels arriving only for local calls, or arriving for transit in ballast condition (no commercial cargo and/or empty containers onboard and will not perform cargo operation in local ports), are not required to submit BAPLIE files. However, a detailed cargo declaration is still required at least 96 hours prior to the vessel´s arrival to Canal waters.

The ACP has the exclusive right to determine if the information submitted by the vessel through the BAPLIE file and the information declared in the Container Summary form is accurate, adequate or complete as well as the corresponding tolls the vessel shall pay to transit. If the information submitted by the vessel is inaccurate, inadequate, incomplete, or untimely, the variable portion of the tolls shall be the product of multiplying the vessel’s total TEU allowance, according to the Regulation for the Admeasurement of Vessels to Assess Tolls for the Use of the Panama Canal, by the corresponding rate according to the applicable category, or the product of multiplying the number of TEUs with cargo aboard while transiting the Canal, by the corresponding rate, whichever is greater.

(For information about operations in Panama, contact GAC Panama at [email protected])

Source: Panama Canal Authority Advisory To Shipping No.A-37-2019 dated 24 September 2019

Source: GAC

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