Please find herewith below an important notice from Pilbara Ports Authority in regards to Port of Dampier Tropical Low 05U.
Good Morning All,
Port of Dampier – Tropical Low 05U – Update 4
As per latest BoM forecast Tropical low(05U) continues to move in a westerly direction and is likely to reach Tropical Cyclone intensity later today.
Once formed, the cyclone is forecast to slow down and track in a Southerly direction towards the Pilbara coast and intensify to Category 3 before reaching the coast on Saturday.
Port of Dampier may begin to experience gale force winds and associated swells from Friday AM hours.
ALERT LEVEL: The Port of Dampier is currently at Cyclone Stage 2 - Prepare
This stage involves extensive communications and consultation between the Dampier Harbour Master, Port Terminal Operators, Port users and Pilots. Operational plans, sailing drafts, tidal requirements and intentions will be discussed and evaluated against possible response scenarios.
Date and time of issue: 0800 AWST Thursday 06th Feb 2020
Location of system: Approximately 16.9S 120.7E
Forecast motion: W @ 8 knots
Category: Below TC intensity
Maximum winds: 30 Gusting 45 knots
Range and Bearing 318 nm X NE
The Port Of Dampier will move to Cyclone Stage 3 – Clear Port by today evening 1700 hours LT.
The intention is to have Port of Dampier cleared by 07Th Feb 2020 @ 0300 LT.
The weather forecasts will continue to be monitored, further advice will be issued later today at 1600 Hours LT.
Following staged approach will be implemented to clear the port.
06th Feb 2020
1700 hrs – All Anchorages
1800 hrs –
07th Feb 2020
0200 hrs –
Vessel Masters shall ensure:
Terminal/berth operators are to ensure that :
Harbour Master / PSO – Dampier