HOT PORT NEWS from GAC
Bulk carrier blaze tamed
Friday, June 22, 2018, Port Kembla, Australia
According to local reports, firefighters have gained the upper hand battling a dramatic fire which broke out aboard a bulk carrier as crews were unloading dolomite at Port Kembla Harbour early on Monday morning (18 June).
By yesterday Thursday afternoon (21 June), firefighters were keeping watch over two hot spots, guarding against re-ignition. The operation continues until there is no sign of fire or any heat on the ship.
Booms have been placed around the ship as an environmental precaution. All the water and foam used to fight the blaze is said to be trapped in the vessel with no sign of leakage into the harbour. The Environmental Protection Authority is monitoring the emergency.
The fire was declared a port emergency and caused shipping operations to be suspended for almost seven hours on Monday. It caused no damage to the port.
For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at [email protected]
Marine works west of Convention & Exhibition Centre
Friday, June 22, 2018, Hong Kong
For approximately 12 months, marine works involving reconstruction of seawall will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (C):
(A) 22 deg. 17.002’N / 114 deg. 09.972’E
(B) 22 deg. 17.074’N / 114 deg. 09.979’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 works will be from 0700 to 2300 hours. Vessels employed for the works will not 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.099 of 2018