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Bunker operations resume in Hong Kong after Typhoon Mangkhut
Bunker operations at the port of Hong Kong resumed Tuesday after being suspended over the weekend and Monday due to Typhoon Mangkhut, which made landfall on Sunday. The Hong Kong Observatory had removed all warnings related to the typhoon as of 12.05 am local time Tuesday (0405 GMT Monday).
Bunker operations at Hong Kong suspended due to Typhoon Mangkhut
Bunker operations at the port of Hong Kong was suspended Monday due to Typhoon Mangkhut, which made landfall on Sunday. While the Hong Kong Observatory has lowered the typhoon warning from strong winds signal T3 to standby signal T1 at 2:40 pm local time (0640 GMT), the wind was still strong, accompanied by high swells, market sources said. “We can deliver in-port location but terminal loadings are still suspended, and pilotage has not resumed,” a supplier said Monday. Terminal and barge congestion is expected when operations resume. “Loadings at the terminal will be jammed from Tuesday, barges are currently empty,” another supplier said, adding that operations were expected to resume on Tuesday. At 3 pm local time, Mangkhut was estimated to be about 720 km west-northwest of Hong Kong and was moving at about 20 kph, according to the observatory. It was expected to move across southern China and weaken gradually, it added. At the Asian close Friday, 380 CST bunker fuel for delivery at Hong Kong was assessed at $464/mt, down $3/mt from Thursday. Source: Platts
Hong Kong: Improvements to vessel traffic services proposed
The Government has proposed to amend the Shipping and Port Control Regulations (Cap. 313A) and the Merchant Shipping (Local Vessels) (General) Regulation (Cap. 548F) to enhance vessel traffic services. A spokesman for the Transport and Housing Bureau said, “In view of growing marine traffic in Hong Kong waters, it is necessary to enhance communication between the Vessel Traffic Centre (VTC) of the Marine Department and vessels. This will be done by increasing the very high frequency (VHF) sectors from three to five.” With the advancement of navigational technology, repeated reporting of vessels’ whereabouts is no longer necessary. The legislative proposal therefore suggests streamlining the communication process between the VTC and vessels by doing away with unnecessary reporting. The Legislative Council Panel on Economic Development, the Pilotage Advisory Committee and the Port Operations Committee have been consulted. Members supported the legislative proposals. The proposed amendments were gazetted today (October 20) and will be tabled at the Legislative Council on October 25 for negative vetting. Source: HKSARNews schreiben