TEMPORARY SHIPPING FAIRWAYS ESTABLISHED
Bass Strait, Australia
SOIL INVESTIGATION OFF CHANGI FERRY TERMINAL
Tropical Cyclone Iris update (4 April)
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Queensland, Australia
At 7:00am AEST, Tropical Cyclone Iris was within 75 km of 19.0 deg. South, 150.3 deg. East, 210 km northeast of Hamilton Island and 265 km north northeast of Mackay, and moving south southeast at 8 km per hour. It has sustained winds near the centre of 95 km per hour with wind gusts to 130 km per hour.
The Category 2 tropical cyclone Iris is expected to continue on its current south-easterly track during today (4 April), while gradually weakening to category 1 intensity. Iris is currently forecast to weaken below tropical cyclone intensity and become slow-moving offshore of the Whitsunday Islands tomorrow (5 April), before adopting a track back towards the northwest as a tropical low during Friday.
Gales with damaging wind gusts in excess of 100 km per hour are occurring about the Whitsunday Islands, and may develop about remaining coastal and island communities between Bowen and St Lawrence, including Mackay, today. These gales may extend south to Yeppoon tonight. Heavy rainfall, which could lead to flash flooding, may develop about parts of the central Queensland coast today.
Operating as per normal with no impact predicted.
HAY POINT / ABBOT POINT / MACKAY / BOWEN / DALRYMPLE BAY
All movements at Hay Point have been suspended until further notice. No vessels are alongside.
All movements at Abbot Point have been suspended until further notice. No vessels are alongside. The terminal suspended all cargo train movements from 1200 yesterday until further notice. Coal will remain at the various coal mines stockpiles until further notice.
Berthing schedule of shipping movements has been suspended until further notice. Both Abbot Point and Hay Point anchorages are clear of vessels. NOR will not affected.
The Regional Harbour Master closed the Mackay and Hay Point Pilotage Areas from 1200 hours local time today (4 April). No ship movement is allowed after the closure. Ships returning to Hay Point anchorage after the re-opening of the pilotage area will be allocated the same anchorage positions before the closure.
The Regional Harbour Master declared the Pilotage Areas of Abbot Point and Bowen closed as of 1200 hours yesterday (3 April) and the port remains closed until further notice. The port may re-open either later today or tomorrow depending on the movement of Tropical Cyclone Iris.
All movements at Dalrymple Bay have been suspended until further notice. No vessels are alongside. The terminal has suspended all cargo train movements until further notice. Coal will remain at the various coal mines stockpiles until further notice.
A gale force wind warning is in effect from 0001 hours today (4 April) and is is expected to remain in force for the next 48 hours.
Vessels at anchor should be prepared to heave anchor and to proceed to sea if necessary or instructed to do so by VTS. Vessels are required to monitor their anchorage position and take appropriate action if they begin dragging their anchor. Vessels need to ensure that all hatches and vents are secure, and that crew maintain a sharp lookout.
Vessels alongside are instructed to double up and tighten mooring lines in preparation for the gale force winds approaching Gladstone. Vessels are to ensure that crew maintain a sharp lookout.
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Temporary shipping fairways established
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Bass Strait, Australia
AMSA [Australian Maritime Safety Authority] has established two temporary shipping fairways on the eastern side of the IMO-adopted Traffic Separation Scheme (TSS) in Bass Strait…
…Masters should ensure their vessels navigate within the limits of the temporary fairways. Mariners are reminded of their obligation under Rule 10 of the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea, in particular that all vessels navigating near the terminations of TSS shall do so with particular caution.
The temporary fairways have been established to reduce the risk of collision between transiting vessels and a Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit (MODU_. The MODU will be operating in the area between the two temporary fairways, as part of an exploratory drilling campaign being undertaken by Esso Australia.
Details of the MODU’s operation location will be promulgated via navigational warnings issued by JRC Australia (https://www.amsa.gov.au/safety-navigation/navigation-systems/maritime-safety-information-database) and by the AHO through fortnightly Notices to Mariners.
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Soil investigation off Changi Ferry Terminal
Wednesday, April 4, 2018, Singapore
From 4 April to 3 October, soil investigation works are being carried out off Changi Ferry Terminal.
According to the Maritime and Port Authority of Singapore’s Port Marine Notice No.036 of 2018 dated 4 April, the works are being conducted 24 hours daily from Monday to Saturday at the following borehole points:
MC-A-02) 01 deg. 22.650’N / 104 deg. 00.948’E
MC-A-03) 01 deg. 21.988’N / 104 deg. 01.702’E
MC-A-04) 01 deg. 22.653’N / 104 deg. 00.629’E
MBH-A-02) 01 deg. 22.585’N / 104 deg. 01.035’E
MBH-A-03) 01 deg. 22.055’N / 104 deg. 01.617’E
MBH-A-04) 01 deg. 22.588’N / 104 deg. 01.715’E
Soil investigation work will be carried out by means of borehole drilling and cone penetration test.
The borehole drilling will be carried out by jack-up barges, assisted by tug boats. The jack-up barges will have a circular safety working zone of 50 metres radius centred at the barge.
The cone penetration test will be carried out by crane barges assisted by tug boats. The crane barges will have a circular safety working zone of 100 metres radius centred at the barge.
The shifting of the barges will be carried out by tug boats during daylight hours only.
Safety boats will be deployed in the vicinity to warn other craft of the project work.
Craft involved in the works will exhibit the appropriate local and international say and night signals.
When in the vicinity of the working area, mariners are reminded to:
a) keep well clear and not enter the working area
b) maintain a proper lookout
c) proceed at a safe speed and 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.
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