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* Australia, Dampier – Tropical Cyclone Christine update (1 Jan 2014)

DATE: January 01, 2014
COUNTRY: Australia
PORT: Dampier
Tropical Cyclone Christine update (1 Jan 2014)

Tropical Cyclone Christine has now weakened and is now below cyclone strength.

Dampier and Port Walcott (anchorages only) were due to re-open to bulk
carriers at 1800 hours yesterday (31 December).

Rio Tinto indicated intentions to berth vessels today in Dampier at
approximately 1200 hours. The situation at Port Walcott is to be confirmed,
due to power outages on site.

Berthing of vessels to be confirmed once the appropriate channel
inspections have been carried out, sea conditions are within safe operating
parameters for berthing and the Terminals are ready to start loading again.
At this stage, first vessels to berth will be vessels that pre-loaded prior
to terminal closure.

Anchorage closure: 20:00 28 Dec to 14:00 31 Dec (Total 66.0 Hours)
Port closure: 01:00 29 Dec to 17:00 31 Dec (Total 64.0 Hours)

Port Hedland has now re-opened and vessels were brought alongside around
23:59 hours yesterday. Loading operations have resumed.

The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Tropical Cyclone Warning
Centre in Perth advises that although Ex-TC Christine has weakened below
tropical cyclone intensity, damaging wind gusts are likely to continue on
the northeastern side of the system during Wednesday as it moves quickly
across southeastern WA.

Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected near the track. A Flood Watch has
been issued for the Goldfields.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at

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