Dear valued customers
Please note following info from Port of Newcastle with respect to current severe weather event.
A weather event is currently impacting the Port of Newcastle. VTIC have officially ceased with vessel movements until conditions improved.
Realistically, analysis of condition is not expected until daylight tomorrow.
Entrance Inspection and Shipping Programme:
An Entrance Inspection was conducted at approximately 1000 hours this morning – VTIC have advised conditions are unsafe and unsuitable for vessel movements at this time. Another entrance inspection has been scheduled for 1600 hours this afternoon. At this stage the programme remains booked as reflected in cPorts however the conditions are continuing to deteriorate so we do expect further delays and changes to the schedule as we come closer to the booking times.
Recent conditions in Newcastle have been recorded with sustained wind speeds of 30 Knots and gusts of 40 knots and swell heights between 2-3 metres. Conditions in Sydney however are much more severe with winds up to 47 knots and swell heights fluctuating between 10.5-12 metres currently. Sydney conditions are usually reflected in Newcastle in the following few hours.
Weather Warnings for Tuesday 4 June
Storm Force Wind Warning for the following areas:
Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast and Batemans Coast
Gale Warning for the following areas:
Sydney Closed Waters, Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast and Eden Coast
Storm Force Wind Warning for Tuesday for Hunter Coast
Winds: Westerly 30 to 45 knots turning southerly during the morning then decreasing to 30 to 35 knots in the late evening. Winds reaching up to 50 knots south of Norah Head in the late morning. Seas: 2 to 4 metres, increasing to 4 to 6 metres around midday. Swell: Southerly 2 to 4 metres, increasing to 4 to 7 metres around midday. Weather: Cloudy. 95% chance of showers. The chance of a thunderstorm during the morning and afternoon. Caution: Surf conditions in the afternoon and evening may be more powerful than they appear and are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities.
If you have any queries pertaining to particular vessels please send your enquiry to Newcastle@iss-shipping.com