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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United Kingdom, Immingham – Gas jetty shutdown
* Australia, Dampier – Tropical Cyclone Narelle update: 11 January 2013

DATE: January 11, 2013 – COUNTRY: United Kingdom – PORT: Immingham – Gas jetty shutdown

Immingham Gas Jetty (IGJ) will shut down between 1200 and 1600 hours on 21 January, to allow for a sea water pump to be replaced and a crane barge to berth. No ship handling will be possible at the jetty during this outage

This is in addition to the following already announced outages:

In order to carry out routine loading arm maintenance and replace the Emergency Release Coupling on the white oil loading arm, please be advised of the following revised outages:
– 0800-1600 hours on 28 January, to remove the white oil loading arm ERC;
– From 0800 hours on 31 January to 1600 hours on 1 February, to replace the above ERC and service the white oil liquid and vapour arms.

It will not be possible to handle any white oil at IGJ between 0800 on 28 January and 1600 on 1 February.

For information about operations in the UK contact GAC UK at uk@gac.com

DATE: January 11, 2013 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Dampier – Tropical Cyclone Narelle update: 11 January 2013

The ports of Dampier and Port Walcott are closed and are likely to remain so for at least 24-36 hours, due to the approach of Tropical Cyclone Narelle.

At 1500 WA time, Narelle was still heading south-west. Dampier and Port Walcott expect bad weather, although the cyclone warning has been cancelled and the ports are not expected to to be affected beyond strong winds and rain.

The latest Tropical Cyclone Advice No. 14 issued at 3:00pm WST today (11 January) states:

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A Cyclone WARNING continues for coastal areas from Mardie to Coral Bay, including Onslow and Exmouth.

A Cyclone WATCH continues for coastal areas from Coral Bay to Carnarvon.

The Cyclone WARNING from Roebourne to Mardie has been cancelled.

At 2:00 pm WST Severe Tropical Cyclone Narelle, Category 4 was estimated to be 495 kM north northwest of Exmouth and 810 kM north of Carnarvon, and moving southwest at 13 kM per hour.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Narelle is expected to continue moving to the southwest and pass west of the Northwest Cape over the weekend.

Gales with gusts to 100 kM per hour could develop in coastal areas between Mardie and Exmouth this evening, then extend south to Coral Bay later on Saturday.

Winds are likely to increase in the Exmouth area on Saturday with damaging wind gusts to 125 kM per hour possible overnight Saturday if the cyclone takes a track closer to the coast.

On Sunday gales may extend south to Carnarvon and winds along the west Pilbara coast should ease from the east later in the day.

Thunderstorm activity in western parts of the Pilbara could be squally with isolated heavy falls. This activity will extend into far northwestern Gascoyne over the weekend.

Tides along the west Pilbara coast are likely to rise above the normal high tide mark tonight and Saturday night with flooding of low lying coastal areas possible. Higher than normal tides should extend along the west coast later Saturday and into early next week…
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For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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