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02 July, 2019

Australia - North Queensland Severe Weather Warning

Weather Situation
A high [1022 hPa] over southeast Australia extends a ridge and east to south-easterly winds into north Queensland waters.

Forecast for Tuesday until midnight
Winds -South-easterly 10 to 15 knots, reaching 15 to 20 knots offshore and about the Whitsunday Islands at times during the afternoon and evening. Inshore winds south of Mackay south to south-westerly about 10 knots during the early morning.
Seas -Around 1 metre.
Swell -East to northeasterly around 1 metre offshore.
Weather -Partly cloudy.

Wednesday 3 July
Winds -South-easterly 15 to 20 knots, increasing to 20 to 25 knots offshore in the late afternoon and evening.
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
Winds -South to south-easterly 20 to 25 knots.
Seas -1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1.5 to 2 metres offshore.
Swell -Easterly around 1 metre offshore.
Weather -Cloudy. 70% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the evening.

Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT)
There are currently 3 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 04 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 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 2 vessels alongside and 12 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.