Prevention Circular No. 04-03
Typhoon season precautionsHong Kong area
Owners, agents and charterers are
requested to remind their ship masters of the need to take precautionary
measures during the approach of tropical cyclones. This circular provides information regarding
the need to comply with the specified mooring regulations in Hong Kong and that proper
considerations are made for proper moorings in locations where typhoon
Masters, owners, agents and persons
in control of vessels are also reminded of their obligation, under Sections 61
and 62 of the Shipping and Port Control Ordinance, Cap. 313
of the Laws of Hong Kong SAR, to comply with any direction of the Director of
Marine concerning the safe operations of vessels and the port, or in relation
to any matter which the Director may give directions under the Ordinance.
All Government Class "A"
and "B" moorings are available for use during typhoons with the
"A" mooring A17, A29, A35, A43, A46; and
"B" mooring: B1, B2, B3, B4.
The status of all Government Class
"A" and "B" moorings is subject to change without notice.
Up-to-date information can be obtained from the Vessel Traffic Centre, at
telephone +85 2233 7808, telex 63607 MDVTS, or facsimile +85 2858 6646.
The master of a ship moored to a government mooring
may, at his discretion, drop a bower anchor under foot to lessen the tendency
to sheer. This should not impair the efficiency of the mooring, although an anchor
should not be used during normal weather conditions.
Masters are reminded that every vessel within the
waters of Hong Kong must maintain a continuous
listening watch on the VHF radio channel appropriate to the VHF sector in which
the vessel is located, or another VHF channel as may be specified by the Vessel
Traffic Centre (call sign "Mardep") unless he
is released from this obligation by the Centre. The Centre will broadcast
tropical cyclone information from time to time when the tropical cyclone warning
signals have been hoisted. Masters should listen to local radio broadcasts for
advisory weather information bulletins.
Some vessels have been found not having adequate
manning onboard during periods when tropical cyclone warning signals are
hoisted. An inadequately manned vessel during the passage of a tropical cyclone
is not only at greater risk but also endangers the port and other vessels. The attention
of masters, owners, agents and charterers of vessels is therefore drawn to
Regulation 26(1) of the Shipping and Port Control Regulations, which states
A ship shall,
while within the waters of Hong Kong, have onboard at all times such number of
crew as is, in the opinion of the Director, qualified and capable of carrying
out all duties which may reasonably be required to ensure the safety of the
ship having regard to the circumstances pertaining thereto.
Similar requirements may apply to ports other than Hong
Kong in typhoon areas and that owners may be well advised to check for any
additional requirements if their vessels call at such ports.