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In this HOT PORT NEWS, read about:
* South Africa, Cape Town – Possible delays due to adverse weather
* Hong Kong, all ports – Severe Typhoon Utor

DATE: August 13, 2013
COUNTRY: South Africa
PORT: Cape Town
Possible delays due to adverse weather

Cape Town is experiencing adverse weather, bringing possible delays in
berthing/unberthing and working of cargo vessels.

Currently, the swell condition at OPL (Outside Port Limits) is in the
region of 3.9 metres, thus delays are possible for OPL operations by launch
boat. A helicopter service is available as an alternative during daylight
hours only.

For information about operations in Cape Town contact GAC South Africa at
shipping.capetown@gac.com

DATE: August 13, 2013
COUNTRY: Hong Kong
PORT: all ports
Severe Typhoon Utor

The Hong Kong Observatory has issued a Tropical Cyclone Bulletin warning
advising that at 0900 today (13 August) Severe Typhoon Utor was about 460
km south-south west of Hong Kong and forecast to move towards the western
coast of Guangdong.

The Bulletin, issued at 08:45 Hong Kong time, states:

“The Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 is in force. This means that winds with mean
speeds of 41 to 62 kilometres per hour are expected.
At 9 a.m., Severe Typhoon Utor was estimated to be about 460 kilometres
south-southeast of Hong Kong (near 18.3 degrees north 115.2 degrees east)
and is forecast to move west-northwest at about 18 kilometres per hour
across the northern part of the South China Sea, in the general direction
of the western coast of Guangdong.”

The Tropical Cyclone Warning For Shipping issued at 06:30 local time
advised:

“At 122100 UTC, Severe Typhoon Utor (1311) with central pressure 950
hectopascals was centred within 60 nautical miles of one eight point three
degrees north (18.3 N) one one six point zero degrees east (116.0 E) and is
forecast to move west-northwest at about 10 knots for the next 24 hours.

Maximum winds near the centre are estimated to be 85 knots.

Radius of over 33 knot winds 180 nautical miles.
Radius of over 47 knot winds 60 nautical miles.
Radius of over 63 knot winds 30 nautical miles.
Radius of over 2 metre waves 270 nautical miles.

Severe Typhoon UTOR at 09:00 HKT 13 August 2013
Position: 18.3 N, 115.2 E (about 460 km south-southeast of Hong Kong)
Maximum sustained wind near centre: 155 km/h
Forecast moving direction and speed: west-northwest, 18 km/h

FORECAST POSITIONS AND INTENSITIES
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Date/time:  0500 HKT 14 August 2013
Position:  20.0 deg. N / 112.6 deg. E
Classification: Severe Typhoon
Maximum sustained wind near centre: 175 km/h

Date/time:  0500 HKT 15 August 2013
Position:  22.0 deg. N / 110.3 deg. E
Classification: Typhoon
Maximum sustained wind near centre: 130 km/h

Date/time:  0500 HKT 16 August 2013
Position:  23.3 deg. N / 108.9 deg. E
Classification: Tropical Storm
Maximum sustained wind near centre: 65 km/h

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at
shipping.hongkong@gac.com)

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