New Procedures for Guanabara Bay Olympic Sailing Event

By Joseph R. Fonseca
Sunday, July 06, 2014
Polluted Guanabara Bay the Venue of Summer Olympic Events

Port Authorities at Rio de Janeiro are preparing to introduce new procedures for the upcoming Olympic Sailing event to be held in the south and east side of Guanabara Bay in July and August.

Sailing teams from around the world will take part and the Brazilian Olympic Committee expecting over 450 craft will participate.

Guanabara Bay will be closed for all type of navigation between 11am up to 5pm for both the first stage (28 July-2 August) and the second stage of the event (2-9 August).

During the period of the event:
- No special authorisations will be granted;
- The anchorage of platforms and similar will not be authorised from July;
- No authorisation will be issued for vessels to drop anchor at the Inner Anchorage (south side of the bridge) between 28 July and 9 August;
- If the sailing competitions finish ahead of schedule, the Maritime Authority may release the Guanabara Bay Navigation Channel;
- There will be 15 alternative anchorage áreas at the Outer Anchorage. The Maritime Authority will guide vessels to the respective areas;
- The Port Authority and Pilots will decide the sequence of incoming/outgoing maneuvers at Guanabara Bay;
- Local navigation at north side of the bridge shall not be affected.

Further instructions will be provided by the local Harbour Master in due course.

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