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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* Worldwide – World Holidays: 13-26 January 2013
* Australia, Dampier – Port re-opened

DATE: January 12, 2013 COUNTRY: Worldwide World Holidays: 13-26 January 2013

Public holidays around the world in the coming two weeks include the
Mon 14 Jan – Coming of Age Day (Japan)
Mon 21 Jan – Martin Luther King Day (USA)
Sat 26 Jan – Australia Day
Sat 26 Jan – India Republic Day

For information about operations around the world contact the respective GAC office. Details may be found in the ‘Contacts’ section of www.gac.com

DATE: January 12, 2013 COUNTRY: Australia PORT: Dampier – Port re-opened

The Harbour Master at Dampier has announced that the port has re-opened from 1000 hours today (12 January) as Tropical Cyclone Narelle is now 300 miles distant and is moving further away.

Conditions in the port are improving, however, there are frequent squalls with gusts to 40 knots and showers restricting visibility. A swell in excess of two metres has been reported at Woodside 9 beacon.

Individual facilities will reopen when wind and swell criteria are met.

The DCW and BLB remain closed because of the swell and it is unlikely based on forecast conditions that they will reopen before Monday (14 January).

Masters should exercise additional care in the stormy conditions whilst operating in the port.

The resumption of pilotage services will depend on conditions in the port moderating sufficiently to ensure safe transfers.

Meanwhile, Port Walcott anchorages and terminal currently remain closed. Vessels are not expected to begin reberthing at Port Walcott before Monday (14 January) due to the heavy swell conditions at the berths.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

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