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01 July, 2019

Australia - North Queensland Severe Weather Warning

Weather Situation
A large high [1026 hPa] over southeast Australia extends a ridge and east to south-easterly winds into north Queensland waters.

Forecast for Monday until midnight
Winds -South-easterly 15 to 20 knots. Inshore winds south of Sarina tending south to south-westerly 10 to 15 knots in the morning, then tending east to northeasterly with afternoon sea breezes.
Seas -1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell -East to northeasterly below 1 metre inshore; easterly 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather -Mostly sunny.

Tuesday 2 July
Winds -South-easterly 10 to 15 knots reaching up to 20 knots at times in the afternoon. Winds tending southerly inshore during the morning. Winds south of Mackay tending east to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots with inshore afternoon sea breezes.
Seas -Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Swell -East to northeasterly around 1 metre offshore.
Weather -Partly cloudy.

Wednesday 3 July
Winds -South-easterly 15 to 20 knots. Winds tending southerly 10 to 15 knots inshore early in the morning, and tending east to northeasterly south of Mackay with inshore afternoon sea breezes.
Seas -Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore during the afternoon.
Swell -Easterly around 1 metre offshore.
Weather -Partly cloudy.

Please be aware wind gusts can be 40 percent stronger than the averages given here, and maximum waves may be up to twice the height. Wind warnings are issued for today and tomorrow and describe the highest category of wind warning for that day.

Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT)
There are currently 2 vessels alongside and 26 vessels waiting at anchor. 
With regards to the maintenance schedule, following is the latest advice from DBCT:

  • Berth #1 / Ship-Loader #1 is operational. No vessels scheduled between 04 July and 08 July.
  • Berth #2 / Ship-Loader #2 is operational. No vessels scheduled between 02 July and 06 July.
  • Berth #3 / Ship-Loader #3 is operational. No vessels scheduled between 04 July and 08 July.
  • Berth #4 / Ship-Loader #3 is operational. No vessels scheduled between 08 July and 10 July.

Kindly note that only three vessels can be loaded simultaneously at DBCT due to there being only three separate conveyor systems and ship-loaders at the terminal. Ship-Loader #3 services both Berths #3 & #4, which are both located on the North-Western side of the terminal.

BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Hay Point Coal Terminal (HPCT) 

There are currently 2 vessels alongside and 11 vessels waiting at anchor. 

With regards to the maintenance schedule, following is the latest advice from HPCT

  • Berth #1 / Ship-Loader #1 is operational. Berth Maintenance scheduled between July 6 and July 10
  • Berth #2 / Ship-Loader #2 is operational. 
  • Berth #3 / Ship-Loader #3 is operational. Berth Maintenance scheduled between July 1 and July 06

Kindly note that only two vessels can be loaded simultaneously at HPCT due to there being only two separate conveyor systems servicing all three ship-loaders at the terminal. The conveyor systems are interchangeable (i.e. both belts are able to convey cargo to every ship-loader).

Berthing Delays:

  • Vessels will berth in order of arrival depending on cargo availability. Cargo availability for various grades is determined by the specific cargo blend required. Vessels continue to experience varying delays depending on specific cargo brand required.
  • Mine operations at most Bowen Basin Coal mines are operational. We are unable to provide any information relating to specific mine site operations.
  • Port Stockpiles: Both DBCT and HPCT commence railing cargo and building stockpiles approximately 72 hours prior to vessels berthing.
  • Weather: Please click the following link for the Australian Bureau of Meteorology’s current weather forecast for Mackay.