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Port Kembla, Australia

Lower Mississippi River, Baton Rouge, United States

Port closed to shipping
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Port Kembla, Australia

Due to forecast strong winds and swell, Port Kembla was closed to all shipping movements by the Port Authority at 16.15 hours local time today (28 November) due to forecast strong winds and swell.

This follows the closure of the anchorage to shipping overnight, with all ships ordered to return to sea and remain a minimum of 12 nautical miles offshore.

The Harbour Master will reassess the situation at 08.00 hours local time tomorrow (29 November).

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

Safety Zone established for fireworks display
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Lower Mississippi River, Baton Rouge, United States

The U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port New Orleans has established a safety zone on the Lower Mississippi River, Above Head of Passes, from MM 229.5 to MM 231, extending the entire width of the river in the vicinity of downtown Baton Rouge, LA.

This safety zone is needed to protect persons and vessels from the potential safety hazards associated with a fireworks display. This safety zone is effective from 4:45pm until 5:45pm local time on November 30, 2018.

All vessels are prohibited from entering this safety zone unless they have been granted permission by the Captain of the Port New Orleans or designated representative. Only vessels participating in the fireworks display and pre-designated vessels are permitted within the safety zone after 5:00pm. All vessels requesting permission to enter or transit through this safety zone are required to contact the Coast Guard.

A Coast Guard vessel will be on scene for the duration of the event and can be contacted on VHF-FM Channel 16 and 67 or via the Officer of the Day.

(For information about operations in the United States contact GAC North America at usa@gac.com)

Source: United States Coast Guard Sector New Orleans Marine Safety Information Bulletin Volume XVIII, Issue 072

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