Press release

06 December, 2018

Central Queensland Weather Advice & Terminal Update

Please note a strong wind warning has been issued for the waters around Hay Point including the coal terminals of Dalrymple Bay and Hay Point.

Hay Point Coal Terminal cancelled the berthing of 1 vessel this morning and has suspended all berthings until 0600/07LT.

Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal operations continue but have restricted berthing to larger vessels( 1 vessel alongside and loading) but will not berth any other vessels until further notice.

Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal (DBCT): 

There are currently 1 vessel alongside and 47 vessels waiting at anchor. Berthing prospects for most vessels are not currently available; reverting with a revised line-up soonest DBCT has released the same.

Dalrymple Bay Coal Terminal has berth 1 Japmax sized vessel at 1200/06LT and has no other berthings are scheduled for the rest of today. The weather conditions will be assessed over the rest of today and into the evening on the next berthing.


BHP Mitsubishi Alliance (BMA) Hay Point Coal Terminal (HPCT): 

There are currently 0 vessels alongside and 14 vessels waiting at anchor. 

Hay Point Coal Terminal has suspended berthing operation for today due to the adverse weather conditions, 1 vessel has been scheduled for POB 0600/07LT but will be review throughout the rest of today and into the evening.


Weather Situation

A slow moving high pressure system over the Tasman Sea will extend a firm ridge north through Mackay and Townsville waters through the next few days. Ex-Tropical Cyclone Owen lies well offshore of the Queensland coast and is expected move slowly west. The system will not redevelop, however it is likely to combine with the ridge to further strengthen winds over Mackay and Townsville waters during Friday and Saturday as it moves closer to the coast.

Marine Wind Warning Summary for Queensland
Wind Warnings for Thursday 6 December
Strong Wind Warning for the following areas:
Townsville Coast, Mackay Coast, Capricornia Coast, Hervey Bay, Fraser Island Coast and Sunshine Coast Waters

Wind Warnings for Friday 7 December
Strong Wind Warning for the following areas:
Cairns Coast, Townsville Coast, Mackay Coast, Capricornia Coast, Hervey Bay and Fraser Island Coast

Forecast for Thursday until midnight

Strong Wind Warning for Thursday for Mackay Coast
Winds
Southeasterly 20 to 30 knots.
Seas
1.5 to 2 metres, increasing to 2 to 3 metres offshore.
Swell
East to northeasterly around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres by early evening.
Weather
Cloudy. 90% chance of showers. A thunderstorm likely.


Friday 7 December

Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Mackay Coast
Winds
Southeasterly 25 to 30 knots.
Seas
2 to 3 metres.
Swell
East to northeasterly 1 to 1.5 metres, increasing to 1 to 2 metres around midday, then tending easterly 1.5 to 2.5 metres later in the evening.
Weather
Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. A thunderstorm likely.

Saturday 8 December
Winds
Southeasterly 25 to 30 knots.
Seas
2 to 3 metres.
Swell
East to northeasterly below 1 metre inshore, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Weather
Cloudy. 80% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm in the afternoon and evening.