According to the information released by the Qingdao government, the clean of enteromorpha around Qingdao waters has been carrying out since 19 May 2022.
s Oasis P&I informs, fishing operation is prohibited from 1 May to 1 September every year, a large number of fishing boats have been dispatched to clean up Qingdao waters, which may have a significant impact on navigational safety.
The clean-up operation waters mainly cover most navigable coastal waters of Qingdao including the main channel, Lingshan Island, Chaolian Islandand Changmenyan.
Suggestions on navigation safety
- Unless it is necessary, try to avoid the above key navigable waters. When choosing navigation routes, ships shall stay away from the coast, apply the recommended routes properly and strictly follow the Ship Routing System.
- Please note that fishing boats may be restricted in their ability to maneuver during cleaning-up operation. Ships shall maintain proper lookouts, keep AIS in good working condition, keep watching on radars and listening to VHF, after entering the area of the clean-up operation.
- Try to coordinate the collision avoidance actions through VHF CH16. However, if there is no response from the fishing boat after several calls, it might mean that the fishing vessel does not maintain watching on such channel. When communicating on VHF, please give full consideration to the possible language barrier, different accent and language expression and ensure that both parties are clear about each other’s intention. If necessary, seek assistance from VTS in communicating with the fishing boat involved.
- Comply with the COLREG 1972 at all times.