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* Australia, Port Hedland – Cyclone Iggy update

DATE: January 29, 2012-COUNTRY: Australia-PORT: Port Hedland- Cyclone Iggy update

Good Day

Please see our cyclone update for Dampier & Port Walcot.

Please be advised, current weather conditions remain unsuitable for berthing/sailing vessels at Dampier and Port Walcott.

The port is currently experiencing heavy swells, high winds and rain squalls.

It is expected berths will resume operations once conditions improve over the weekend.

Latest advice for Tropical Cyclone Iggy

WIND WARNING: For coastal waters from Port Hedland to Coral Bay Issued at 9:23 am WST on Saturday 28 January 2012

Please be aware, wind gusts can be a further 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height.

SITUATION: At 8:00 am WST Tropical Cyclone Iggy was located within 35 nautical miles of latitude twenty decimal zero degrees South (20.0S) longitude one hundred and eleven decimal one degrees East (111.1E) about 205 nautical miles northwest of Exmouth and 330 nautical miles west of Karratha Recent movement : south southeast at 5 knots

Maximum winds   : 50 knots

Central pressure: 976 hectopascals

Forecast to be within 70 nautical miles of latitude twenty decimal five degrees South (20.5S) longitude one hundred and eleven decimal nine degrees East (111.9E) about 150 nautical miles northwest of Exmouth with maximum winds of 60 knots at 8:00 pm WST Saturday

Forecast to be within 100 nautical miles of latitude twenty decimal nine degrees South (20.9S) longitude one hundred and twelve decimal seven degrees East (112.7E) about 100 nautical miles northwest of Exmouth with maximum winds of 70 knots at 8:00 am WST Sunday

HURRICANE FORCE WIND WARNING: Within 25 nautical miles of centre after 8pm WST Saturday.

Clockwise winds to 70 knots. Combined seas and swell to 7 metres.

STORM FORCE WIND WARNING: Within 45 nautical miles of centre. Clockwise winds to 50 knots. Scattered squalls to 60 knots. Combined seas and swell to 5 metres.

GALE WARNING: For coastal waters elsewhere from Cape Preston to Coral Bay Northeast winds 20/30 knots increasing to 25/35 knots during Saturday afternoon and evening, reaching 35/45 knots within 90 nautical miles of centre. Scattered squalls to 50 knots. Combined seas and swell 4 to 5 metres.

In addition to below we now understand that rain and strong winds with heavy seas are now also affecting the port of Port Hedland.  It is understood that the Port Hedland Port Authority began the evacuation of ships from the port earlier today.  Conditions are expected to continue to deteriorate with gale force winds expected to reach Port Hedland later tonight.

We will keep all advised as the situation develops further.

For more info, pls contact Gareth Long – Commercial Manager Gulf Agency Company (Australia) Pty. Ltd | T: +61 2 8028 2410|  M: +61 420 962 088| F: +61 2 9279 0457 E: gareth.long@gac.com

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