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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* India, Jaigarh – New maximum draft restriction
* Hong Kong, Hong Kong – Chinese New Year: Opening of Marine Department office & working areas
* Australia, Port Hedland – Tropical Cyclone Peta

DATE: January 23, 2013 COUNTRY: India PORT: Jaigarh -New maximum draft restriction

The maximum permissible draft [at Jaigarh Port] on and after 10 February 2013 shall be 14.0 metres in conjunction with tide.

(For information about operations in India contact GAC India at india@gac.com)
Source: JSW Jaigarh Port Ltd circular

DATE: January 23, 2013 – COUNTRY: Hong Kong – PORT: Hong Kong Chinese New Year: Opening of Marine Department office & working areas

The Central Marine Office on 3/F., Harbour Building, 38 Pier Road, Central, Hong Kong will be open from 0900 hours to 1100 hours on Monday, 11 February 2013 for entry and outward clearance of all vessels. The enquiry telephone number of Central Marine Office is 2852 3082.

All Public Cargo Working Areas will be closed from 1700 hours on Saturday, 9 February 2013 and open for normal operation at 1200 hours on Tuesday, 12 February 2013.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at shipping.hongkong@gac.com)
Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.9 of 2013

DATE: January 23, 2013 – COUNTRY: Australia – PORT: Port Hedland – Tropical Cyclone Peta

After the passing of Tropical Cyclone Peta, Port Hedland reopened at 1600 local time today (23 January), permitting vessels to return to the anchorage. There is currently no information about when iron ore vessels will be permitted to berth.

Dampier Port was officially closed to all vessels at 1100 LT today.

A Cyclone Warning continues for coastal areas from Port Hedland to Dampier, including Karratha. The Cyclone WARNING between Dampier and Mardie has been cancelled.

At 2:00 pm WST Tropical Cyclone Peta, Category 1 was estimated to be 50 km east northeast of Karratha and 140 km west southwest of Port Hedland and moving southwest at 12 km per hour.

Tropical Cyclone Peta is crossing the Pilbara coast just to the east of Point Samson. Gales with gusts to 100 km per hour are expected close to the cyclone centre over the next few hours.

Squally thunderstorms are expected. Locally heavy rainfall is possible, and a Flood Watch has been issued for the Pilbara.

The system is expected to weaken this evening after it crosses the coast.

Although the remnants of Peta may move back off the west Pilbara coast later in the week, it is not expected to redevelop into a tropical cyclone.

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

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