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07 February, 2020

AUSTRALIAN INDUSTRIAL REPORT - PILBARA PORTS AUTHORITY – PORT OF PORT HEDLAND – CYCLONE ALERT STAGE 3 (CLEAR PORT) – TROPICAL LOW 05U – UPDATE 4

Dear Valued Customer, 

Please find herewith below an important notice from Pilbara Ports Authority in regards to Port of Port Hedland – Cyclone Alert Stage 4 – Shut Down.

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Good evening,
 
The PPA – Port of Port Hedland cyclone response procedure has been activated. The Port of Port Hedland has been moved to Cyclone Alert Stage 4 – SHUT DOWN.
 
As of 1500 on 07 February, the BoM has issued a forecast for Severe Tropical Cyclone Damien (Ex Tropical Low 05U), which is currently located approximately 170 Nautical Miles North North West of Port Hedland. The system is expected to move in a Southerly direction and should cross the Pilbara Coast within the next 24 hours. 

PPA Port Hedland has commenced / completed the following actions in line with the PPA Port Hedland cyclone response procedure:

  1. The Port of Port Hedland was CLOSED as of 1100 LT on 07 February.
  2. The inner harbour and shipping channel was cleared of all large commercial vessels as of 1100 LT on 07 February.
  3. The anchorages were cleared of all vessels as of 0330 LT on 07 February.
  4. Small commercial vessel operators have reported that their assets have been secured within the various facilities.
  5. PPA Port Hedland site access gates (East Side and Utah Point) will be closed as of 1800 today.

PPA Port Hedland will continue to be guided by the weather forecasts issued by the BoM and the community alert system. A further update will be provided when the Port of Port Hedland is in a position to commence operations.

The BoM guidance track map for Tropical Cyclone Damien as of 1500 LT is attached for information.

Myron Fernandes
Harbour Master - Port Hedland
Pilbara Ports Authority
T +61 8 9173 9115     M +61 427 424 917


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