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23 August, 2019

Severe Weather Warning for Newcastle Port

23/08/2019

Please find below a further update to the  weather event which is currently impacting the Port of Newcastle.

Entrance Inspection and Shipping Programme: 
An Entrance Inspection was conducted at approximately 0600 hours this morning – VTIC have advised conditions are unsafe and unsuitable for vessel movements at this time. Another entrance inspection has been scheduled for 1130 hours this morning. At this stage the programme remains unscheduled however the conditions are expected to become more favourable as swell declines into the evening. 

Outbound movements will be considered before inbound movements in current conditions.

The two tidal vessels at NCIG – “HL Roberts Bank” and “Sage Sagittarius” are next indicated window for sail is tomorrow 24/8 at 1305.

Weather Situation
A high pressure system is drifting over southeast Australia in the wake of a series of cold fronts, and is expected to reach the Tasman Sea tonight. This will result in southerly winds easing then shifting northerly along most of the New South Wales coast during the next day or so, while a large and powerful swell gradually eases. The next cold front is set to bring a southerly change to southern and central parts during Sunday, continuing to the north on Monday.

Forecast for Friday until midnight
Winds -South to southwesterly 15 to 20 knots, reaching 25 knots offshore early in the morning. Winds becoming variable about 10 knots in the afternoon then north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Seas -2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 metre during the afternoon.
Swell -Southerly 4 to 6 metres, decreasing to 3 to 4 metres during the afternoon.
Weather -Partly cloudy.

Saturday 24 August
Winds -Northerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas -1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell -Southerly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres around midday.
Weather -Sunny.
Caution

Sunday 25 August
Winds -Northwesterly 10 to 15 knots shifting south to southeasterly during the day.
Seas -1 to 1.5 metres.
Swell -Southerly 1 to 1.5 metres.
Weather -Sunny.

The local forecast is available from the BOM:  http://www.bom.gov.au/nsw/forecasts/huntercoast.shtml        
Swell and Wind predictions are also available from: https://www.seabreeze.com.au/weather/wind-forecast/nsw-mid-north
 


22/08/2019

A severe weather event is impacting the New South Wales coast including the Port of Newcastle( Hunter coast) and is expected to continue over the next 48 hours.

The Port of Newcastle has the following classifications as of this morning local time:

Entrance: HEAVY+
Restrictions: IN
River: NIL
Restrictions: No

Inbound movements are restricted at this stage and conditions are expected to get worse over with a predicted swell of 7.8m at 1600hrs today.

The expectation is that outbound movements may also be classified as RESTRICTED by duty pilot later today.

We will provide further information as advised.

Please find below information on the severe weather event.

Wind Warnings for Thursday 22 August
Gale Warning for the following areas:
Sydney Closed Waters, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast, Batemans Coast and Eden Coast

Strong Wind Warning for the following area:
Byron Coast

Wind Warnings for Friday 23 August
Strong Wind Warning for the following areas:
Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast and Batemans Coast

Weather Situation
A strong high pressure system is centred over the Bight while a series of cold fronts skim across southeast Australia, associated with a deep low to the south. This pattern is bringing vigorous winds and powerful swells to the New South Wales coast, with the worst of the conditions expected in most coastal areas later today. The last of the fronts will clear the region tonight, after which the high will drift across from the west. Winds will ease heading into Friday, although the swell will linger into the weekend.

Forecast for Thursday until midnight
Gale Warning for Thursday for Hunter Coast
Winds - South-westerly 30 to 40 knots turning southerly 30 to 35 knots during the afternoon and evening.
Seas - 3 to 5 metres.
Swell - Southerly 4 to 5 metres, increasing to 6 to 8 metres around midday.
Weather - Partly cloudy. 50% chance of showers.
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Friday 23 August
Strong Wind Warning for Friday for Hunter Coast
Winds - South to south-westerly 15 to 25 knots, reaching up to 30 knots early in the morning. Winds becoming variable about 10 knots in the late afternoon then becoming north to northeasterly 10 to 15 knots in the evening.
Seas - 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1 to 2 metres during the morning, then decreasing below 1 metre by early evening.
Swell - Southerly 5 to 7 metres, decreasing to 3 to 5 metres during the morning.
Weather - Partly cloudy.
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Saturday 24 August
Winds - North to north-westerly 15 to 20 knots.
Seas - Around 1 metre, increasing to 1 to 1.5 metres offshore.
Swell - Southerly 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to 1.5 to 2 metres during the afternoon.
Weather - Sunny.
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Please be aware wind and wave forecasts are averages. Wind gusts can be 40 per cent stronger than the forecast, and stronger still in squalls and thunderstorms. Maximum waves can be twice the forecast height.

Contact Mackay@ISS-Shipping.com / +61 7 4953 3155 for more information.



21/08/2019

A severe weather event is expected to impact the New South Wales coast including the Port of Newcastle over the next 24-48 hours.

There is a high potential for Port Restriction at Port Of Newcastle for a period of approx. 24-48hrs from Wednesday evening until Friday early PM.

Please find below information on the severe weather event.

Strong to Gale force wind warning for Hunter Coast.

Swell at Newcastle Port is forecast to increase and peak on Thursday 22 Aug.

Wind Warnings for Wednesday 21 August

Strong Wind Warning for the following areas:
Sydney Closed Waters, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast, Illawarra Coast and Batemans Coast

Gale Warning for the following area:
Eden Coast

Wind Warnings for Thursday 22 August

Gale Warning for the following areas:
Byron Coast, Coffs Coast, Macquarie Coast, Hunter Coast, Sydney Coast and Illawarra Coast

Storm Force Wind Warning for the following areas:
Batemans Coast and Eden Coast

Strong Wind Warning for the following area:
Sydney Closed Waters
Forecast for Wednesday until midnight

Winds - Westerly 25 to 30 knots.
Seas - 2 to 3 metres.
Swell - Southerly 2 to 3 metres.
Weather - Sunny.

Large and powerful surf conditions in the afternoon and evening are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Thursday 22 August

Gale Warning for Thursday for Hunter Coast

Winds - Westerly 25 to 40 knots turning south to south-westerly 30 to 45 knots during the day.
Seas - 2 to 3 metres, increasing to 3 to 4 metres around midday.
Swell - Southerly 2.5 to 4 metres, increasing to 5 to 8 metres around midday.
Weather - Partly cloudy. 60% chance of showers.

Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.

Friday 23 August

Winds - South to south-westerly 20 to 30 knots becoming south-westerly 15 to 20 knots during the day then becoming variable about 10 knots during the evening.
Seas - 2 to 3 metres, decreasing to around 1 metre during the evening.
Swell - Southerly 5 to 7 metres, decreasing to 3 to 5 metres during the morning.
Weather - Partly cloudy.
Large and powerful surf conditions are expected to be hazardous for coastal activities such as crossing bars by boat and rock fishing.