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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:

* Qatar, all ports – Offshore rig operations within North Field Development

* Australia, all ports – Tropical Cyclone Heidi update (12 January 2012)

DATE: January 12, 2012 COUNTRY: Qatar PORT: all ports Offshore rig operations within North Field Development

RasGas Company Limited has advised mariners that they will undertake rig operations of the Gulf Drilling International (GDI) Offshore Jack up Rig Zikreet within Qatar’s North Field Development. Accommodation Rig Zikreet coordinates: – Latitude :  26 deg. 37′ 43.671″N – Longitude: 051 deg. 59′ 05.731″E UTM: 598, 044.08 E  Clarke 1880 spheroid, RGS (Qatar)      2, 945, 461.44N Projection: UTM Zone 39 N; Central Meridian:51 deg.E Approximate mobilisation date: 15 January 2012 Approximate project duration: 3 years RasGas advises all fishermen and mariners to be mindful of this operations and to avoid interfering with installation activities. RasGas assumes no responsibility for any associated damage or loss. For information about operations in or off Qatar contact GAC Qatar at qatar@gac.com

DATE: January 12, 2012 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: all ports Tropical Cyclone Heidi update (12 January 2012)

Tropical Cyclone Heidi crossed the Western Australia coast very close to Port Hedland at 0430 hours LT this morning (12 January). The latest forecast, issued at 8:09 WST today states:

“A Cyclone WARNING is now current for coastal areas from Pardoo to Dampier including Port Hedland, Roebourne, Karratha and Dampier, and extends to adjacent inland parts. The Cyclone WARNING from Wallal to Pardoo has been cancelled. At 8:00 am WST Tropical Cyclone Heidi, Category 2 was estimated to be 45 km south of Port Hedland and 180 km east of Karratha and moving south southwest at 11 km per hour. Tropical Cyclone Heidi crossed the Pilbara coast just to the east of Port Hedland at around 4:30 am. Gales with gusts to 100 km per hour are occurring in areas between Whim Creek and Pardoo. Destructive winds with gusts to 130 km per hour are possible close to the cyclone centre for the next hour or two. There is a small chance that gales with gusts to 90 km per hour could extend west to Dampier during Thursday morning if the cyclone takes a more southwesterly track. Heavy rainfall is occurring near the system and rainfall totals of 100-250mm are likely across the central and eastern Pilbara….”

PORT HEDLAND

Port Hedland port is still closed and the town is under red alert. Strong winds and heavy rain are still affecting the port. The port is unlikely to reopen before tomorrow (Friday 13 January) at the earliest.

DAMPIER

Dampier Port officially reopened at 0600 LT today and vessels are returning to the anchorage. Individual berths and terminals within the port will most likely reopen during the day once TC Heidi moves further inland and conditions ease. Rio Tinto Dampier advise that they will not commence re-berthing vessels until approximately  1300 on 13 January, depending on the swell/weather conditions being within acceptable parameters.

PORT WALCOTT

Port Walcott reopened at 0600 today. Vessels are now returning to anchorage. Rio Tinto are monitoring swell conditions and anticipate that conditions will abate following the high tide around noon, with the intention of re-berthing vessels from mid/late afternoon today. This will depend on swell conditions being within acceptable parameters. For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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