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Dhofar governorate, Oman

Gujurat/north Maharashtra, India


Ras Laffan, Qatar
Tropical depression over Arabian Sea
Sunday, May 31, 2020, Dhofar governorate, Oman

Oman’s National Multi Hazards Early Warning Centre has issued an alert about a tropical depression located near Dhofar governorate, with estimated surface wind speed around the centre between 15 and 23 knots (27 to 50 km.hr), which could move to the west in the coming hours.

According to the alert issued at 02:00 hours local time today (31 May), heavy continuous rain (100-200mm) is expected during the next 24 hours. It could bring fresh to strong winds, flooding over low and coastal areas, an increase in wadis flow and reduced horizontal visibility.

Sea conditions will be rough along the governorate of Dhofar, as well Al-Wusta and South Al-Sharqia.

For further updates and information about operations in Oman, contact GAC Oman at muscat@gac.com

Storm over Arabian Sea forecast to hit coast
Sunday, May 31, 2020, Gujurat/north Maharashtra, India

The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has reported that a low-pressure area will form in the Arabian Sea in the next 48 hours and move towards the Gujarat and north Maharashtra coasts until 3 June.

Two storms are forming over the Arabian Sea, one off the African coast which is likely to move over Oman and Yemen, while the other is close to India.

In its daily bulletin, the IMD states: “A low-pressure area would form over Southeast-east-central Arabian Sea during the next 48 hrs. To intensify into a depression during the subsequent 48 hours with the possibility of further intensification. To move north-northwestwards towards Gujarat and north Maharashtra coasts till June 3.”

A low-pressure area and a depression are the first two levels on the IMD’s eight-category scale used to classify cyclones based on their intensity.

Under the influence of the likely formation of a low-pressure system over the Arabian Sea, conditions will become favorable from June 1 for the onset of Southwest Monsoon.

All ports along the coast from Gujarat to Goa have hoisted Distant Cautionary Signal No. 1 (DC-I).

For further updates and information about operations in India, contact GAC India at india@gac.com

Curfew timing changed
Sunday, May 31, 2020, Kuwait

The Kuwait Government has changed the curfew time to 12 hours with effect from Saturday 30 May. The timing of the partial curfew is between 1800 and 0600 hours local time.

The government’s plan took into account negative experiences of many countries, as well as recommendations by the World Health Organization and the US Communicable Diseases Center.

Air supplies and marine navigation at all oil terminals (Mina Al Ahmadi & Mina Abdulla) and commercial ports (Shuwaikh and Shuaiba) are operating as usual without any hindrance.

GAC Kuwait office timings from tomorrow (Monday, 31 May) will be 0900-1400 hours local time, Sunday to Thursday.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Kuwait, contact shipagency.kuwait@gac.com or freight.kuwait@gac.com

Seat arrangements & distances for bus passengers
Sunday, May 31, 2020, Ras Laffan, Qatar

It has been observed during road safety campaigns that a safety breach whereby illegal seats are installed to exceed the bus licenses capacity “over seating”, in vehicle corridor’s and near the emergency exits. Some of the observed buses were loaded up to 30% of additional passengers over the licensed designed load capability.

Such unsafe condition is not acceptable by road safety guidelines and applicable laws. This unsafe condition can result in severe consequences for bus occupants and other road users. Only vehicle manufacturer seat belts are to be used. Passengers should have their seat belts fastened during the entire journey.

Considering the global pandemic Corona virus (COVID-19) threat, RLIC road safety is requesting business partners and contractors to maintain a social distance in the bus among the work force occupying the bus seats as follows:
a. The driver and passengers shall wear a surgical mask at all times and any non-compliance is punishable in accordance under Decree Law No: (17) for the year 1990 with a jail term not exceeding three years and a fine not exceeding QR.200,000 or one of these two penalties.
b. Passengers shall queue with a gap between each other of 1.5m.
c. Each bus will be fitted with clearly visible awareness posters on entry requiring people to sit with one per every second seat, in a staggered configuration down the bus.
d. Passengers shall board the bus and start seating from the last seats of the vehicle and moving up to the front of the vehicle. When disembarking, passengers shall leave from the front seats first.
e. Each bus seats (front and back), handles, railings, interior windows and doors must be disinfected after each trip.

Any non-compliance will result in handling over such violation to the Qatar Traffic Authorities.

(For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in Qatar, contact GAC Qatar at qatar@gac.com)

Source: Ras Laffan Industrial City Circular No.: VI/R/31/2020 dated 31 May 2020

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