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04 July, 2019

Australia - North Queensland Severe Weather Warning

Weather Situation
A high [1037 hPa] over Tasmania extends a ridge and east to south-easterly winds into north Queensland waters. The ridge will continue to strengthen along the southern Queensland coast, while a trough over the Coral Sea will slowly move westwards towards the coast. The combination of these features will lead to a strengthening of the south-easterly winds along the central coast.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Mackay Coast
Winds -South-easterly 20 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots.
Seas -1.5 to 2.5 metres.
Swell -East to northeasterly below 1 metre.
Weather -Cloudy. 90% chance of rain. The chance of a thunderstorm offshore south of Mackay in the evening.

Friday 5 July
Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Mackay Coast
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 -Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather -Cloudy. 95% chance of showers and rain. The chance of a thunderstorm in the morning and afternoon.

Saturday 6 July
Winds -Easterly 15 to 20 knots turning south-easterly during the morning. Lighter winds north of Mackay during the morning.
Seas -1 to 1.5 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the morning.
Swell -Easterly 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather -Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers and rain.

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 25 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 05 July.
  • Berth #2 / Ship-Loader #2 is operational. No vessels scheduled until 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 04 July and 07 July and 09 July and 12 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 1 vessels alongside and 16 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.