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19 February, 2019

Australian Weather Advisory - Approach of Cyclone Oma to the South East Queensland Coast

Dear Valued Customer,    

Please note following important message form the Brisbane Harbour Masters office.  If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact for further info.


Good Afternoon,

A  high energy swell event with large and power sea conditions including gale force winds, generated by tropical cyclone Oma in the Coral Sea are forecasted to effect South East Queensland Coastal Waters from late Wednesday 20/02/19 and continue into this weekend. The expected peak of the cyclone is around Saturday 23/02/19 and Sunday 24/02/19 at this stage. This will effect ships requiring Under Keel Clearance windows in the North West channel as swell conditions increase. As the cyclone approaches the coast, high windage ships such as Passenger ships, Container Ships and Vehicle carriers could also be affected during this stage.

Brisbane VTS would like to warn Agents, Terminals and Service Providers about the potential implications of tropical cyclone Oma and the likely significant disruption to port activities, such as;

  • Swell conditions at Point Cartwright in the range of 6 meters or more and Gale Warnings / Severe Gale Warnings for South East Queensland, including Moreton Bay.
  • Potential intermittent suspension of Pilotage transfers at Point Cartwright as waves heights and wind speeds reach their peak.
  • Closure of the Point Cartwright anchorage from Thursday.
  • Closure of the Brisbane Roads anchorage from Thursday.
  • Deep draft ships can expect Under Keel Clearance (NCOS) windows to close.
  • Tidal windows will be required for all ships over 11.5m draft from Wednesday AM.
  • High windage ships may not be able to berth securely due to beam winds and therefore may be rescheduled to call once winds abate. 

Brisbane VTS will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with Shipping Agents, Terminals and Service Providers during this time as more information comes to hand and the track of cyclone Oma is  further established.
Please refer to the Bureau of Meteorology for further detailed information and review against your expected operations during the period.