Transcript for Navigation Safety Serminar

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Hello, I am the acting Senior Marine Officer Chan Ping-fai, Planning and Development Section, Marine Department.

Now let me introduce the Restricted areas and Special areas of Hong Kong Link Road (HKLR) and Southern Connection of Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link (TM-CLKL) which will come into force on 1st December, 2017.

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The HKLR is a dual 3-lane carriageway of about 12 km long. As shown on the slide, it links the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge Main Bridge at the boundary of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities ("HKBCF") which is in the northeast waters of the Airport Island.

The TM-CLKL is a dual 2-lane carriageway of about 9 km long, consisting of Northern Connection and Southern Connection. As shown on the slide, the Northern Connection connects the HKBCF and Tuen Mun by a sub-sea tunnel. The Southern Connection is about 3.5 km long, connecting the HKBCF and the North Lantau Island by a viaduct.

Navigation channels are provided for vessels to pass through under the HKLR at the western side of the Airport Island and at the Airport Channel. As shown on the slide, the channels are at these locations.

Vessels can also pass through under the Southern Connection of TM-CLKL via the Tung Chung buoyed waterway.

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To prevent damages to the Bridge caused by collision and to ensure marine safety, seven restricted areas including three special areas along the HKLR and the Southern Connection of TM-CLKL will be set up starting 1st December, 2017 (the first day of next month). Restrictions will be imposed on the height, length and navigation direction.

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Now, let me introduce the HKLR Restricted Areas as well as the Special Areas.

The orange area on the slide is the HKLR Restricted Area No. 1.

It is subdivided into three Special Areas, as highlighted in orange and orange hatched black areas on the slide.

The white areas on the slide are the HKLR Restricted Area No. 2.

The green area on the slide is the HKLR Restricted Area No. 3.

The yellow areas on the slide are the HKLR Restricted Area No. 4.

The above Restricted Area No. 2, 3, and 4 will impose height restrictions for vessel.

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HKLR Restricted Area No. 1 consists of Special Areas No. 1 to 3 locating in the western side of the Airport Island. There are three bridge spans lying opposite to Sham Shek Tsuen of Lantau Island.

As shown on the slide, there are two bridge spans on the left and right. An one-way channel is provided on each side below each bridge span. The height restriction of each channel is 41 m. Width clearance of the channel is 100 m.

In between the two channels, there is a bridge span with width clearance of 150 m. Vessels with a length of more than 10 m, whether or not the height of vessel is over 41 m, are not allowed to pass through this area.

HKLR Special Areas No. 1 to 3 are located within the HKLR Restricted Area No. 1. As shown in orange area on the slide, restrictions will be imposed on the height, length and navigation direction in the Special Areas. These restrictions are summed up as follows:

Special Area No. 1 which is this orange area on the slide. Vessel not exceeding 41 m in height should sail from north to south across the bridge span of Special Area No. 1. As shown on the slide, that is from north to south sailing across the bridge span of Special Area No.1.

Special Area No. 2 which is this orange area on the slide. Vessel not exceeding 41 m in height should sail from south to north across the bridge span of Special Area No. 2.

Special Area No. 3 which is this orange hatched black area on the slide. Vessel with a length of more than 10 m, whether the height of vessel is over 41 m or not, is not allowed to enter or pass through this area.

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Highways Department will install relevant navigational facilities and signage to indicate restrictions on the channel boundaries, navigation directions and height at the appropriate positions of the bridge arches and bridge piers within the HKLR Restricted Area No. 1.

As shown on the slide, red and green flashing light are installed to indicate the boundaries of the channel. Signage with "Height Restriction", "Go Forward" or "No Entry" are also installed on the bridge arches to remind vessels in the vicinity to comply with the regulations

A radar transponder will be installed on the bridge arches in the channel entrance of the Special Area No. 1 and 2 to assist vessels for confirming the channel location, especially when the visibility is low. The radar transponders are marked in the locations as shown on the slide.

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We can see more clearly on the slide, the radar transponder for Special Area No. 1 is installed in the northern side of the bridge arches. The radar transponder for Special Area No 2 is installed in the southern side of the bridge arches. Both are located at the entrance to each channel.

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The white areas on the slide are the HKLR Restricted Area No. 2(a), 2(b), and 2(c). Vessels with a height of more than 12 m should not enter or pass through these areas.

Besides, HKLR Restricted Area No. 2(c) is a bridge span of the Airport Channel, which is opposite to Hau Hok Wan.

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Under the bridge span, there is a two-way waterway with height and width limits of 12 m and 46 m respectively. Highways Department will install "Height Restriction" signage at the appropriate position of the bridge arches. Apart from that, red and green flashing light are installed on both sides of the bridge arches to indicate the boundaries of the channel and to remind vessels in the vicinity to comply with the regulations.

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The HKLR Restricted Area No. 3 opposite to Sha Lo Wan is marked green on the slide. It sets up a restricted area with a height restriction of 10 m. It allows higher vessels to carry larger size of goods for Sha Lo Wan. Width clearance of the HKLR Restricted Area No. 3 is 50 m. In order to remind vessels in the vicinity to comply with the regulations, "Height Restriction" signage is installed on the bridge arches.

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The HKLR Restricted Area No. 4(a), (b), (c), (d) and (e) are marked yellow on the slide. Vessels with a height of more than 5 m should not enter or pass through these areas.

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Highways Department will install number signage on every bridge pier of HKLR. Background color of the number signage will be consistent throughout the same restricted area. The signage at each pier will be numbered as identification and as an indication to its corresponding restriction.

Information signage will be installed at strategic bridge piers. Background color for information signage and number signage will be identical. The corresponding height restriction of the restricted area will also be marked on the information signage to remind vessels in the vicinity to comply with the regulations.

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Background colour of number signage within the same restricted area will be identical. The background colors of the number signage are as follows:

The Restricted Area No. 1 will be in orange. No vessel exceeding 41 m in height shall enter or pass through this area.

The Restricted Area No. 2 will be in white. No vessel exceeding 12 m in height shall enter or pass through this area.

The Restricted Area No. 4 will be in yellow. No vessel exceeding 5 m in height shall enter or pass through this area.

There will be two background colours on the number signages which are situated at the junction of two restricted areas. For example, the junction of Restricted Area No.2 and 4 will be in yellow and white. As shown on the slide, the number represents the bridge pier number.

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Background colors of the information signage and number signage will be identical within the same restricted area.

The Restricted Area No. 1 will be in orange. No vessel exceeding 41 m in height shall enter or pass through this area.

The Restricted Area No. 2 will be in white. No vessel exceeding 12 m in height shall enter or pass through this area.

The Restricted Area No. 4 will be in yellow. No vessel exceeding 5 m in height shall enter or pass through this area.

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After the introduction of the HKLR, let me talk about the restricted areas for the Southern Connection of TM-CLKL.

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There will be three restricted areas on the Southern Connection of TM-CLKL. Height restriction on vessels will be imposed.

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The three restricted areas are:

As shown on the slide, the Southern Connection of TM-CLKL Restricted Area No. 1 is in purple.

As shown on the slide, the Southern Connection of TM-CLKL Restricted Area No. 2 is in white.

As shown on the slide, the Southern Connection of TM-CLKL Restricted Area No. 3 is in yellow.

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As shown on the slide, the Southern Connection of TM-CLKL Restricted Area No. 1 is in purple. It is located at the Tung Chung buoyed waterway, the southeast side of HKBCF.

There is a two-way waterway under the bridge span. Height restriction is 21 m and width clearance is 110 m.

Vessels with a height of more than 21 m shall not enter or pass through the Southern Connection of TM-CLKL Restricted Area No. 1.

Highways Department will install "Height Restriction" signage at the appropriate positions on the bridge arches. Red and green flashing light will also be installed on both sides of the bridge arches to indicate the boundaries of the channel so as to remind vessels in the vicinity to comply with the regulations.

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As shown on the slide, the areas in white are the Southern Connection of TM-CLKL Restricted Area No. 2(a) and 2(b). Vessels with a height of more than 12 m shall not enter or pass through these areas.

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As shown on the slide, the area in yellow is the Southern Connection of TM-CLKL Restricted Area No. 3. Vessels with a height of more than 6 m shall not enter or pass through this area.

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Highways Department will install information signage on the strategic bridge piers. The background colour will be identical to that of the same restricted area to remind vessel in the vicinity to comply with the regulations.

The Restricted Area No. 2 will be in white. No vessel exceeding 12 m in height shall enter this area.

The Restricted Area No. 3 will be in yellow. No vessel exceeding 6 m in height shall enter this area.

That's the end of my introduction of Restricted Areas and Special Areas for Hong Kong Link Road and Southern Connection of Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link which will come into force on 1st December, 2017.

Marine Department has published a leaflet on the "Navigation Restriction on Hong Kong Link Road and Southern Connection of Tuen Mun-Chek Lap Kok Link" for your reference. You may take this leaflet and circulate among those colleagues who are not present today. Thank You.