HOT PORT NEWS from GAC
Submarine outfall inspection works off Siu Sai Wan
Thursday, December 7, 2017, Hong Kong
For approximately 2 weeks, submarine outfall inspection works will be carried out [off Siu Sai Wan] within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 16.315’N / 114 deg. 15.418’E
(B) 22 deg. 16.300’N / 114 deg. 15.443’E
(C) 22 deg. 16.198’N / 114 deg. 15.368’E
(D) 22 deg. 16.213’N / 114 deg. 15.344’E
The works will be carried out by one survey vessel.
The hours of work will be from 0800 to 1800 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessel employed for the works will not stay in the works area outside 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.
(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. 170 of 2017 dated 5 December 2017
Goethals Bridge demolition
Thursday, December 7, 2017, New York, United States
KWMJV/R.E. Pierson Construction has begun demolition of the old Goethals Bridge. The contractor is currently preparing the Suspended Span for lowering to barges in the navigable channel. This phase of the demolition will entail hot work and periodic crane operations at a maximum of 130 ft inside the navigable channel. The contractor will have a spotter monitoring VHF-FM Channel 13 in order to facilitate the suspension of hot work during vessel transits underneath the bridge. The Arthur Kill will not be closed to navigation and crane barges will MOVE ON DEMAND or when directed to move by Vessel Traffic Service New York during this phase of the project. Two hours’ notice is required to move the crane barges.
The Suspended Span will be lowered to barges in the center of the navigable channel over a 36 hour period in mid December 2017. This lowering operation will result in a 36 hour maximum closure of the navigable channel.
The time frame for this 36-hour channel closure is TENTATIVELY scheduled for the following dates:
Primary: 1800 on Friday, Dec 15th to 0600 on Sunday Dec 17th
Secondary: 1800 on Friday, Dec 22nd to 0600 on Sunday, Dec 24th
Tertiary: 1800 on Friday, Dec 29th to 0600 on Sunday, Dec 31st
Vessel Traffic Service NY (VTSNY) will be establishing a VTS Measure enforcing a No Meeting/No Overtaking Zone as the main span is transported from the Goethals Bridge site to Berth 36 at Port Newark. The transit time is fluid and may be impacted by onscene wind speeds. VTSNY will provide updates once the final transit times are established.
From December 2017through May 2018 the Cantilevered Span on each side of the navigable channel will be dismantled via crane barge. Dismantling operations will take place first on the New Jersey side of the waterway, then transition to the New York side of the waterway. Barge placement will be a maximum of 155 ft inside the navigable channel on the New Jersey side of the waterway, and 265 ft inside the navigable channel on the New York side of the waterway. The Arthur Kill will not be closed to navigation and crane barges will MOVE ON DEMAND or when directed to move by Vessel Traffic Service New York during this phase of the project. Two hours’ notice is required to move the crane barges. While vessels will move on demand when requested to promote safe navigation in the area, mariners are reminded that excessive movement requests that do not increase safe navigation may result in the bridge demolition operation taking longer than expected to finish.
(For information about operations in the United States contact GAC North America at [email protected])
Source: U.S. Coast Guard Advisory Notice (CGAN 2017-009) dated 5 December 2017
Terminal receival/delivery during Christmas/New Year
Thursday, December 7, 2017, Port Kembla, Australia
AAT Port Kembla Terminal Receival and Delivery working arrangements for the upcoming Christmas and New Year period are as follows:
Christmas 2017 Receival and Delivery Hours
Fri 22nd December 2017 Normal R&D Operations: 0600-1400hrs
Mon 25th December 2017: R&D Operations Closed
Tues 26th December 2017: R&D Operations Closed
Wed 27th December 2017: Recommence R&D Operations: 0600-1400hrs
New Year 2017 Receival and Delivery Hours
Fri 29th December 2017: Normal R&D Operations: 0600-1400hrs
Mon 1st January 2018: R&D Operations Closed
Tues 2nd January 2018: recommence R&D Operations: 0600-1400hrs
For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at [email protected]