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Legislative amendments to adjust location of Eastern Quarantine Anchorage

     The Government will gazette on Friday (April 4) the Shipping and Port Control Regulations (Amendment of Seventh Schedule) Notice 2014.

     Minor adjustments are proposed to realign the co-ordinates demarcating the location of the Eastern Quarantine Anchorage (EQA) to allow adequate manoeuvring water space for cruise vessels off the second berth of the Kai Tak Cruise Terminal (KTCT) which is expected to come into operation within 2014.

     The EQA is located at the north of Hung Hom Fairway. Owing to the overlapping of the existing EQA with the future vessel manoeuvring basin of the second berth of the KTCT, the proposed realignment of the boundary of the EQA is needed so as to provide adequate manoeuvring water space for cruise vessels to safely navigate off the second berth of the KTCT.

     The defined area of the EQA will remain the same as the existing one after realignment and will continue to accommodate the same number of ships for berthing without affecting the daily operation within existing fairways.

     As the EQA has also been designated as the Eastern Immigration Anchorage (EIA) in the same location for conducting immigration clearance for vessels visiting Hong Kong, the Security Bureau will propose a similar amendment to the boundary of the EIA.

     The proposed amendments will be tabled in the Legislative Council on April 9.

Ends/Wednesday, April 2, 2014
Issued at HKT 16:00


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