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HOT Port News from GAC

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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi – No port access during Traithlon
* Australia, Port Hedland – Cyclone intensifying as it approaches coast

DATE: February 26, 2013
COUNTRY: United Arab Emirates
PORT: Abu Dhabi
No port access during Traithlon

Due to the Abu Dhabi International Triathlon 2013, there will be no access to Mina Port or Abu Dhabi across 14th Street from 4:00am to 6:00pm on Saturday March 2, 2013.

Normal traffic flow is expected to resume immediately after the event.
For information about operations in Abu Dhabi contyact NSGAC Abu Dhabi at abudhabi@gac.com

DATE: February 26, 2013
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Port Hedland
Cyclone intensifying as it approaches coast

Tropical Cyclone Rusty is continues its slow approach towards the NW Australian Coast and is intensifying.

Current tracking shows it crossing the coast East of Port Hedland tomorrow morning (27 February) as a category 4 cyclone

The ports of Port Hedland, Port Walcott and Dampier remain closed until further notice

The latest Tropical Cyclone Advice No.20 issued at 5:44am WST today (26 February) states:

A Cyclone WARNING is current for coastal areas from Broome to Mardie, and adjacent inland areas of the Pilbara, including Marble Bar, Nullagine and Millstream.

A Cyclone WATCH is current for adjacent inland areas of the Pilbara including Tom Price, Newman and Telfer.

At 5:00 am WST Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty, Category 3 was estimated to be 170 km north northeast of Port Hedland and 320 km northeast of Karratha and moving south at 8 km per hour towards the coast.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty has intensified over overnight, as it continues to move slowly southwards towards the coast. The slow motion of the tropical cyclone means that the expected crossing time and location remains uncertain.

Gales are occuring on the coast between Sandfire Roadhouse and Whim Creek, and may extend west to Karratha and begin to extend inland towards Marble Bar and Millstream during the afternoon and evening.

Very Destructive winds with gusts to 195 km per hour may develop in coastal parts between Port Hedland and Wallal during the day, as Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty approaches the Pilbara coast.

This is a large tropical cyclone and its slow movement is likely to result in an extended period of destructive winds near the track, with rainfall that is heavier than that associated with a typical system.  During Tuesday and Wednesday widespread very heavy rainfall is likely to lead to MAJOR FLOODING in the De Grey catchment. Significant flooding is also likely in
the Fortescue catchment and in Pilbara coastal streams.

Severe Tropical Cyclone Rusty’s intensity, size and slow movement is also likely to lead to a VERY DANGEROUS STORM TIDE as the cyclone centre nears the coast. Tides are likely to rise significantly above the normal high tide mark with DAMAGING WAVES and VERY DANGEROUS COASTAL INUNDATION….

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

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