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Hot Port News from GAC

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Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Dampier, Australia
Hong Kong
Sandstorms disrupting operations
Monday, March 20, 2017, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
All operations at Jeddah Port have again been stopped due to a sandstorm, at 1510 hours local time today (20 March). The port had been closed by a sandstrom from 1400 hours yesterday (19 March) but operations had resumed at 0800 today .

For information about operations in Jeddah contact GAC Saudi Arabia at jeddah@gac.com

Strong winds and seasonal rains
Monday, March 20, 2017, Dammam, Saudi Arabia
Dammam Port is experiencing seasonal rains and strong wind since yesterday (19 March), leading to port temporary closure and suspension of vessels movements into and out of berths.

The closure is slightly affecting berthing schedules of vessels. Ships are to wait for few hours until weather improves and wind subsides allowing safe docking and sailing of ships.

Weather forecasts indicate the port will have time to time closures for the rest of the week. The waiting hours for docking/undocking most often do not exceed 5 hours. Slight docking delays are expected.

For information about operations in Dammam contact GAC Saudi Arabia at dammam@gac.com

Port monitoring tropical low
Monday, March 20, 2017, Dampier, Australia
The Port of Dampier is currently at Cyclone Stage 1 – Monitor in light of a developing Tropical Low. This stage involves monitoring the weather system and assessing its likely path and potential impact on the Port of Dampier.

The Tropical Low is developing near 13.5S 120.4E, and is forecast to track slowly west then south from tomorrow (21 March) towards the Pilbara coast. It could cross the coast as early as Thursday (23 March).

Possible crossing locations cover the Pilbara coast near and west of Port Hedland, although the area near Port Hedland is looking less likely.

Gail force winds are likely to impact the coastal areas from as early as Wednesday and significant swell may be experienced in the SE Quadrant of the system

For information about operations at Australian ports, contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com

Repair works for light beacon at Tang Chau
Monday, March 20, 2017, Hong Kong
For approximately 7 months, repair works for a light beacon will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 26.847’N / 114 deg. 15.447’E
(B) 22 deg. 26.767’N / 114 deg. 15.466’E
(C) 22 deg. 26.750’N / 114 deg. 15.381’E
(D) 22 deg. 26.829’N / 114 deg. 15.362’EThe works will be carried out by one dumb lighter. One tugboat will provide assistance.A working area of approximately 15 metres around the lighter will be established. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the lighter.

The hours of work will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution.

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

Source: Government of Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.40 of 2017

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