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Fisherman Island, Australia
North Queensland, Australia
Sentinel fish cage installed Seletar Dam
Monday, March 27, 2017, Singapore
A floating sentinel fish cage of 6m3 with yellow amber solar LED flashing light installed on two opposite corners of the cage was installed off Seletar Dam.

The purpose of the sentinel fish cage is to monitor the water quality and the impact of plankton on sensitive fish species.

The sentinel fish cage will be remained at site for six months till 23 Sep 2017 at the following coordinates (WGS 84 Datum):
01 deg. 25.904’N / 103 deg. 52.074’E

When in the vicinity of the Sentinel Fish Cage, mariners are reminded to:
a) Keep well clear of the cage;
b) Maintain a proper lookout;
c) Proceed at a safe speed and to navigate with caution;
d) Maintain a listening watch on VHF Channel 21 (Sembawang Control);
e) Communicate with Sembawang Control on VHF Channel 21 for assistance, if required.

For information about operations in Singapore contact GAC Singapore at singapore@gac.com

AAT Tariff Review FY2017: increases for Fisherman Island
Monday, March 27, 2017, Fisherman Island, Australia

Australian Amalgamated Terminals (AAT) has undertaken a rate review on its terminals. As a result, tariffs will remain the same at Melbourne and Port Kembla and will increase at Fisherman’s island.

The proposed rate increases for Fisherman Island are scheduled to take effect on 1 July 2017. The rate increases are undertaken in accordance with the annual price review process outlined in Clause 2 of Schedule 5 of the Undertaking. A copy of the Undertaking is available at www.aaterminals.com.au….

…AAT has completed this review and propose not to increase tariffs in Melbourne given the changing circumstances, but reserves its right to review this in the future. AAT has also successfully diversified and grown the throughput in Port Kembla with growth in bulk commodities including grain, fertiliser and cement which has afforded a further stay of any rate increases, to the benefit of all users.

However, at Fisherman Island AAT will be increasing rate. AAT Fisherman Island volumes remain depressed in cars and project cargoes. In addition, container volumes continue to decline due to increased capacity from the three container terminal operators and the container pricing restructure resulting from the Infrastructure Surcharge applied by terminals. The falling volumes, together with the loss of revenue from sub leases, the continuing escalation of rent, land tax and outgoings in the port of Brisbane (nearly 30% increase since May 2012), coupled with AAT being required to commence a program of $2.5m capital expenditure on maintenance of the terminal has adversely impacted earnings. The result of these factors is that a rate increase is necessary….

(For information about operations at Australia ports contact GAC Australia at shipping.australia@gac.com)

Source: Extract from Australian Amalgamated Terminals (AAT) letter dated 23 March 2017

Tropical Cyclone Debbie: Update 6 (27 March 2017)
Monday, March 27, 2017, North Queensland, Australia

Tropical Cyclone Debbie remains at category 2 intensity off the north Queensland coast. It currently lies in the western Coral Sea and is expected to move west-southwestwards towards the northeast coast of Queensland over the next few days, whilst strengthening. It is expected to cross the coast tomorrow morning (28 March), but there is some uncertainty in the timing and movement of the system.

Debbie is expected to continue moving west-southwest towards the north Queensland coast while potentially developing into a severe tropical cyclone during today. It is forecast to make landfall as a severe tropical cyclone between Townsville and Proserpine on Tuesday morning.

A Hurricane Force Wind Warning is in place today (27 March) for Mackay Coast, with winds east to southeasterly 25-33 knots south of Sarina, possibly reaching up to 35 knots at times. Winds north of Mackay 30-40 knots, reaching 50 knots at times, mostly offshore. Winds above 64 knots are possible in the far north depending on movement and development of Tropical Cyclone Debbie. Seas and swell exceeding 8 metres are forecast.

For tomorrow (28 March), winds above 64 knots are possible north of Mackay, depending on movement and development of the system. Winds tending east to northeasterly 25-35 knots south of Mackay, then becoming northeasterly 25-33 knots throughout from late afternoon.

Areas of heavy rain with the potential to cause severe flash flooding are expected to develop about parts of the northern and central Queensland coast and adjacent inland areas later today and continue through Tuesday. Widespread daily rainfall totals of 200 mm, with isolated falls of 400 mm, are also likely to lead to major river flooding over a broad area next week, and a Flood Watch is current for coastal catchments between Cardwell and Gladstone, extending inland to the eastern Gulf River catchments.

Townsville: The port was expected to move to condition RED (full closure) today. The latest TC Track indicates a crossing slightly further South than Ayr, but Townsville is still expected to receive strong gale force winds & heavy rain over the next 36 hours.

Hay Point & Mackay: The Harbour Master closed the Mackay and Hay Point Pilotage Areas at 1400 hours local time yesterday (Sunday 26 March).The Mackay Region VTS Centre has been relocated from Hay Point to the Mackay Office in preparation for TC Debbie. VHF radios and the telephone lines have been tested correct and the centre has an operational AIS picture of the region.

Dalrymple Bay & Hay Point Coal Terminals: No vessels alongside. The terminals have suspended all movements until further notice prior to the Harbour Master’s advice. All cargo from the mine sites to port stockpiles by train was suspended yesterday evening.

Abbot Point Coal Terminal: No vessels alongside. The terminal has completed cyclone shutdown.

Mackay Harbour: No vessels alongside or waiting to anchor.

Once the threat passes, the terminals & Harbour Master will assess the situation ie for any damage to infrastructure, berth pockets and channel clearance, etc. This could be 24-36 hours after the passing of the cyclone.

Coal mines in the regions are understood to still be operating as normal. Depending on movement of the Tropical Cyclone when it crosses the coast sometime Monday evening/Tuesday morning, the mine sites could be affected.

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

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