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Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Port Hedland & Dampier, Australia
Port operations still affected by bad weather
Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Jubail, Saudi Arabia
Strong winds and foul weather are continuing to affect operations at the port of Jubail.Berthing and unberthing was suspended by the port authority from 15.40 hours local time yesterday (23 January) due to wind speeds of 30 knots. Operations resumed at 21.00 hours but only for sailing vessels. Berthing and unberthing inside the port and break water berths recommenced at 05.45 hours today, but not at berths 61 & 62 (OSTT berth).

For further developments and information about operations at Jubail contact GAC Saudi Arabia at jubail@gac.com

Tropical Low alert
Tuesday, January 24, 2017, Port Hedland & Dampier, Australia
A Tropical Low (14U) to the west of Katherine in the Northern Territory is expected to move south-westerly across the Top End and into the Kimberly tomorrow, Wednesday 24 January, and form into a cyclone from Friday 27 January and move parallel to the Pilbara coast.Models indicate that the cyclone will remain offshore but the Port of Dampier is expected to be impacted by gale force winds from late Friday or early Saturday morning.

The alert level at the ports of Dampier and Port Hedland are currently at Cyclone Stafe 1 – Monitor. This stage involves monitoring the weather system and assessing its likely path and potential impact.

Vessel Masters shall ensure:

  • Vessel’s engines and machinery are fully operational
  • Vessel’s stability, trim, and propeller immersion are appropriate
  • Vessel’s manning, stores and bunkers are adequate
  • Preparations are made in accordance with their respective cyclone response plan

Terminal/berth operators  are to ensure that :

  • The latest cyclone forecasts are taken into account if planning operations over the coming days
  • The response plan accounts for time required for vessel’s to clear the port and the approaching tropical system safely.
  • The wharf areas are inspected for and cleared off / secured for any items that may have the potential to fall into the berth pockets or adjacent areas during periods of strong winds

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

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