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Increase of maximum draft
Thursday, March 21, 2019, Mississippi River, United States

The BAR Pilots and CRPPA (Crescent River Port Pilots’ Association) have increased their maximum recommended freshwater draft to 42’.

A one-way traffic restriction between MM 1.5 to 4.5 is still in place for two vessels of 41’ draft or greater.

For information about operations in the United States contact GAC North America at [email protected]

Tropical Cyclone Veronica to intensify
Thursday, March 21, 2019, Dampier, Australia

Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is currently located North of Dampier. It is predicted to move in a South to South-South Easterly direction towards the coast and intensify to a Category 5 tropical cyclone.

The Port of Dampier is currently on Cyclone Stage 3 – Clear Port. This stage involves clearing of the port and anchorages in a staged and sequential manner. The port will be cleared by 1800 hours local time today (21 March).

The Harbour Master’s directive for clearing the port are as follows:

1500 hours – All Anchorages
– All vessels to have sailed and cleared all inner anchorages
– All vessels to have sailed and cleared Western anchorages

1800 hours – All Terminals
– Vessels from Dampier Salt, King Bay Supply Base, Rio Tinto, Toll Dampier Supply Base, Woodside Terminals and Qube FDTS to be cleared
– PPA’s Bulk Liquid Berth and Dampier Cargo Wharf to be cleared

Vessel Masters shall ensure:
– Vessels’ engines and machinery are fully operational
– Vessels’ stability, trim, and propeller immersion are appropriate
– Vessels’ manning, stores and bunkers are adequate for departure
– Preparations are made in accordance with their respective cyclone response plan

Terminal/berth operators are to ensure that:
– The latest cyclone forecasts are taken into account if planning operations over the coming days
– The response plan accounts for time required for vessel’s to clear the port and the approaching tropical system safely
– The wharf areas are inspected for and cleared off/secured for any items that may have the potential to fall into the berth pockets or adjacent areas during periods of strong winds taking into account the storm surges forecasted for the Port of Dampier

Vessels secured to moorings are to take appropriate action as per their cyclone contingency plans.

Small Vessel Movement:
Approval for movement of small vessels within the port must be requested from Dampier VTS and permission will be granted on a case to case basis by the Harbour Master.

The ports of Port Walcott, Barrow Island, Varanus Island & Cape Preston will commence a declaration of port ‘Clear’ (meaning all vessel Masters should ensure their vessels are secured at their dedicated cyclone pen/berth/facility/mooring or depart to sea to find sufficient sea-room to clear the adverse weather associated with this system) by 1800 hours local time today.
The Harbour Master will evaluate the situation tomorrow morning (22 March) before providing advice regarding any intentions to either ‘Close’ or ‘Open the port with caution’.
For the duration of a Port ‘Closed’ period no marine activities are authorised to take place until the Harbour Master declares the Port ‘Open with caution’.

The port of Onslow (including vessels accessing the Port of Ashburton through Port of Onslow & Beadon Ck Boat Harbour) will commence a declaration of port ‘Clear’ by 0800 hours local time tomorrow (Friday 22 March. The Harbour Master will evaluate the situation tomorrow evening before providing advice regarding any intentions to ‘Close’ or ‘Open the port with caution’.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at [email protected]

Ports closed ahead of Tropical Cyclone Trevor
Thursday, March 21, 2019, Weipa, Gove & Groote Eylandt, Australia

At 0930 hours ACST, Tropical Cyclone Trevor was a slow moving Category 1 Cyclone with sustained winds near the centre of 65km per hour with wind gusts to 95km per hour, located within 30km of 12.9 deg. South, 141.4 deg. East, 60km west southwest of Weipa.

It is forecast to rapidly intensify to a Category 2 cyclone today and further intensify further as it adopts a more general west-southwest movement across the Gulf of Carpentaria today and tomorrow. It is likely to cross the Northern Territory coast during Saturday as a category 4 severe tropical cyclone.

Port of Weipa is now condition red and closed.

Port of Gove is now condition red and closed until at least Monday

Port of Groote Eylandt is being evacuated and the port is closed.

There are currently there are no closures to the Ports of Townsville, Cairns, Cape Flattery and Mourilyan.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at [email protected]

Terminal suspends operations for 24 hours
Thursday, March 21, 2019, Port Kembla, Australia

Port Kembla Coal Terminal (PKCT) have advised that there was been a significant incident at the terminal this morning in which a worker was badly injured. All operations at the terminal have been suspended for a 24 hour period from 0700 hours local time today (21 March).

During this period there will no vessel loading and coal receivals by train or road.

For further updates, or information about operations at Australia ports, contact GAC Australia at [email protected]

Source: GAC

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