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Ports brace for cyclone

Monday, 24 May 2021 | 20:00

The East Coast of India is bracing for Cyclone Yaas, expected to hit coastal areas of Odisha and West Bengal on Wednesday (26 May) as a “very severe” cyclonic storm.

The cyclone is moving northwards in the Bay of Bengal and is likely to thunder into the Bengal-Odisha coast between Sagar Island and Paradip on Wednesday evening, with the Bengal coast more likely to take the hit after it crosses north Odisha as a very severe cyclonic storm with a wind speed of 155km/hr-165km/hr. Over the next 24 hours, the rain could intensify and turn into a deluge. It will be heaviest on Wednesday.

Ahead of the storm, ports are preparing as follows:

HALDIA

All vessels anchored at Sandheads for Haldia are advised to leave immediately. There will be no inwards movements from today (24 May), only departures to be effected till the day tide of 25 May. All vessels to vacate anchorage by 2200 hours local time tonight.

PARADIP

Inward movements suspended from 3rd shift yesterday (23 May). Working vessels to be moved out from Port Dock /Anchorage from this morning.

DHAMRA

All vessels at anchorage to pick up anchor by noon today and move to safer sea area. Vessels alongside berths to keep engines ready to shift to sea at short notice.

Local Cautionary Signal No. III (LC- III) has been hoisted at all ports in Odisha.

For further details and updates, as well as information about operations in India, contact GAC India at [email protected]
Source: GAC Hot Port News

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