A high [1028 hPa] over southeast Australia extends a ridge and east to south-easterly winds into north Queensland waters. The ridge will strengthen along the southern Queensland coast from later today, while at the same time a trough over the Coral Sea will slowly move westwards towards the coast, and this combination will lead to a strengthening of the south-easterly winds along the central coast.
Forecast for Wednesday until midnight
Winds -South-easterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching 20 to 25 knots offshore in the evening. Inshore winds south of Airlie Beach south to south-westerly about 10 knots during the early morning.
Seas -1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres around midday.
Swell -East to northeasterly around 1 metre offshore.
Weather -Partly cloudy.
Thursday 4 July
Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Mackay Coast
Winds -South to south-easterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching 25 to 30 knots south of Mackay in the evening.
Seas -1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell -Northeast to south-easterly around 1 metre offshore.
Weather -Cloudy. 90% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore south of Mackay in the evening.
Friday 5 July
Winds -South-easterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots south of Mackay in the morning. Winds north of Mackay easing to 15 to 20 knots in the evening.
Seas -1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell -East to northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres during the morning.
Weather -Cloudy. 80% chance of showers and rain. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.
Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT)
There are currently 2 vessels alongside and 25 vessels waiting at anchor.
With regards to the maintenance schedule, following is the latest advice from DBCT:
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 1 vessels alongside and 16 vessels waiting at anchor.
With regards to the maintenance schedule, following is the latest advice from HPCT:
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).