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Jubail, Saudi Arabia
New York, USA
Northern New England, USA
Operations suspended due to strong winds
Monday, January 23, 2017, Jubail, Saudi Arabia
The port authority at Jubail suspended all port berthing/unberthing operations between 04.40 and 06.15 hours local time this morning (23 January), due to strong winds and bad weather. At 15.40 all berthing/unberthing was again suspended due to winds of up to 30knots.This follows the suspension of operations at Berths No. 61 & 62 (OSTT berth) at 23:00 hours last night.

For information about operations in Jubail, contact GAC Saudi Arabia at jubail@gac.com

Urgent marine weather message warning issued
Monday, January 23, 2017, New York, USA
At 1149 local time, the National Weather Service issued an URGENT MARINE WEATHER MESSAGE for NEW YORK HARBOUR. A STORM WARNING is in effect 1am Monday to 1am Tuesday.A storm warning means sustained winds or frequent gusts of 48 to 63 KNOTS are expected. Commercial vessels should prepare for very strong winds and dangerous sea conditions and consider remaining in port or taking shelter in port until winds and waves subside.

Contact the Vessel Traffic Center with questions at 718-354-4088

(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: United States Coast Guard VTS New York notice issued on 23 January 2017

Significant storm approaching
Monday, January 23, 2017, Northern New England, USA
The U.S. Coast Guard Sector Northern New England is tracking a significant storm that is set to impact the region this Monday and Tuesday.Ports in the Northern New England Captain of the Port Zone remain open to all traffic, however, the Coast Guard is strongly recommending the following precautions in advance of the storm:

  1. Pleasure craft and fishing vessels are advised to seek safe refuge.
  2. Ferry operators should evaluate their ability to operate in the pending conditions and take all necessary actions to ensure the safety of the passengers and crew.
  3. Anticipate that drawbridge operations may be restricted due to high winds and safety concerns.
  4. All self-propelled oceangoing vessels over 5000 gross tons and all barges and their supporting tugs should consider the requirements included in the Remaining in Port Checklist. While this checklist is primarily used for an approaching hurricane, it can prove useful for any heavy weather event.
  5. Facility managers should review communications procedures, operations manuals and/or heavy weather plans, and consider lowering the height of container stacks.
  6. Adjust transfer operations as necessary based on the environmental conditions.

All vessels, facilities, and maritime stakeholders should continue to monitor the weather forecasts for changing conditions. Coast Guard personnel may be reaching out directly to facility and vessel representatives to determine the intent of vessel movements and cargo operations over the next 24-48 hours. Following the passage of the storm, vessels and facilities should conduct damage assessments and report any damage to the COTP. In  the event of significant damage, facilities may be prevented from receiving cargo or passengers until approved by the COTP.

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

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