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25 January, 2019

Tropical Cyclone Riley

Dear Valued Customer,    

Please see below important information from the Harbour Master / Marine Safety of the Department of Transport, Fremantle in regards to Tropical Cyclone Riley at Port Walcott.

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Thank you all for your communications over the past few days and your preparations for the TC RILEY.

BOM advice as of 14:46 today is that TC RILEY (Cat 1) is located about 140 nm west/northwest of Broome heading west/southwest at about 8 knots.

Expected to continue moving west/southwest parallel to the Pilbara coast this evening and tomorrow. TC RILEY likely to intensify to Cat 2 during this evening and then possible to Cat 3 tomorrow. Depending on exact track of the cyclone, gale force winds may be experienced along the mainland Pilbara coast Saturday morning.

The following instructions should be implemented immediately:

Vessel Masters shall ensure that:

  • Vessel's engines and machinery are fully operational and ready for immediate use; and
  • Vessel's stability, trim and load condition are at a state of readiness that permits all vessel’s put to sea at very short notice;
  • propellers are immersed;
  • Vessel's manning, stores and bunkers are adequate for departure and an extended sea voyage to avoid the adverse weather effects of a cyclone;
  • Smaller vessels, barges etc that will be placed on dedicated cyclone moorings/pens/berths should commence making those arrangements;
  • Preparations are made in accordance with their respective cyclone contingency/response plan.

Terminal/berth operators  are to ensure that:

  • The latest cyclone forecasts should be considered when activating the cyclone contingency plan; and
  • The cyclone contingency plan should consider the time required for all vessel's alongside and at anchor to clear the port safely and that the time is adequate for these vessels to find adequate sea-room to ride out any adverse weather;
  • The wharf areas are inspected for and cleared of any items that may have the potential to fall into the berth pockets or adjacent areas during periods of strong winds.

Department of Transport continues to work collaboratively with stakeholders in the Shipping and Pilotage Act (1967) Ports in the region, and with their assistance issues the following Harbour Masters Directives:

Port of Port Walcott (including Johns Ck Boat Harbour):
The Port of Port Walcott will move to “Clear Port” at 24:00 (midnight) Thursday 24 January 2019;
At the state
ofdeclaration of “Clear Port” all vessels in the waters of the Port of Port Walcott should either leave the waters of the port to sea, or move to their dedicated cyclone mooring/pen/berth by 24:00 tonight. Vessels should not operate in the waters of the Port until the Harbour Master declares the Port “Open with caution”;
A decision will be made tomorrow on future timings of declaring the port either “Closed” or “Open with caution” depending on the cyclone location and intensity;
Port Facility and Terminal Operators in the Port of Walcott should ensure that their cyclone contingency plan has been 
enacted, and that vessels at their facilities have done likewise.

Port of Barrow Island:
The Port of Barrow Island will move to “Clear Port” at 24:00 (midnight) Thursday 24 January 2019;
At the state of declaration of “Clear Port” all vessels in the waters of the Port of Barrow Island should either leave the waters of the port to sea, or move to their dedicated cyclone mooring/pen/berth by 24:00 tonight. Vessels should not operate in the waters of the Port until the Harbour Master declares the Port “Open with caution”;
A decision will be made tomorrow on future timings of declaring the port either “Closed” or “Open with caution” depending on the cyclone location and intensity;
Port Facility and Terminal Operators in the Port of Barrow Island should ensure that their cyclone contingency plan has been enacted, and that vessels at their facilities have done likewise.

Port of Varanus Island:
The Port of Varanus Island will move to “Clear Port” at 24:00 (midnight) Thursday 24 January 2019;
At the state of declaration of “Clear Port” all vessels in the waters of the Port of Varanus Island should either leave the waters of the port to sea, or move to their dedicated cyclone mooring/pen/berth by 24:00 tonight. Vessels should not operate in the waters of the Port until the Harbour Master declares the Port “Open with caution”;
A decision will be made tomorrow on future timings of declaring the port either “Closed” or “Open with caution” depending on the cyclone location and intensity;
Port Facility and Terminal Operators in the Port of Varanus Island should ensure that their cyclone contingency plan has been enacted, and that vessels at their facilities have done likewise.

Port of Cape Preston:
The Port of Cape Preston should prepare to  move to a declaration of “Clear Port” by 13:00 Friday 25 January 2019 (tomorrow), this will be confirmed Friday am (tomorrow);
At the state of declaration of “Clear Port” all vessels in the waters of the Port of Cape Preston should either leave the waters of the port to sea, or move to their dedicated cyclone mooring/pen/berth. Vessels should not operate in the waters of the Port until the Harbour Master declares the Port “Open with caution”;
A decision will be made tomorrow on future timings of declaring the port either “Clear” or “Closed” (and if needs be) “Open with caution” depending on the cyclone location and intensity;
Port Facility and Terminal Operators in the Port of Cape Preston should ensure that their cyclone contingency plan has been enacted, and that vessels at their facilities have done likewise.

Port of Onslow (including vessels accessing the Port of Ashburton through Port of Onslow & Beadon Ck Boat Harbour):
The Port of Onslow should prepare to  move to a declaration of “Clear Port” by pm Friday 25 January 2019 (tomorrow), this will be confirmed Friday (tomorrow);
At the state of declaration of “Clear Port” all vessels in the waters of the Port of Onslow should either leave the waters of the port to sea, or move to their dedicated cyclone mooring/pen/berth. Vessels should not operate in the waters of the Port until the Harbour Master declares the Port “Open with caution”;
A decision will be made tomorrow on future timings of declaring the port either “Clear” or “Closed” (and if needs be) “Open with caution” depending on the cyclone location and intensity;
Port Facility and Terminal Operators in the Port of Onslow should ensure that their cyclone contingency plan has been enacted, and that vessels at their facilities have done likewise.

Port of Yampi Sound (including Cockatoo & Koolan Islands):
The Port of Yampi Sound is unlikely to be impacted by this cyclone as it appears to have already passed to the south west towards the Pilbara;
The situation will continue to be monitored.

Thanks and best regards,

SW
 
Steven Wenban
Harbour Master | Marine Safety | Department of Transport

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Please see below important information from the Harbour Master / PSO of Pilbara Ports Authority of Dampier in regards to Tropical Cyclone Riley – Update 7.

 

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Good Morning All,

Port of Dampier – Tropical Cyclone Riley – Update 7

As per latest BOM forecast the tropical cyclone Riley is currently located offshore North of Port Hedland.
The tropical cyclone is likely to move in a Westerly to a West-South-Westerly direction and expected to reach a Category 3 intensity tropical cyclone on Friday evening.
The Port of Dampier is forecasted to experience Northly swell in excess of 1.0m height and may also experience Gale force winds as a  result of this Tropical Cyclone in the next 24 hours.

ALERT LEVEL: The Port of Dampier is currently at Cyclone Stage 3 – Clear Port

The port will be cleared by 25th Jan 2019 @ 1300LT

SUMMARY:

Date and time of issue:                            0800 WST Thursday 25th January 2019
Location of system:                                  Approximately 16.5S 118.8E 
Forecast motion:                                      W @ 3 kts 
Category:                                                   Cat 2 Tropical Cyclone Intensity
Maximum winds:                                      50 kts (gusting to 70kts)
Range and Bearing                                   273 nm X NNE

LOOKING AHEAD:

The weather forecasts will continue to be monitored with further advice to be issued on 25th Jan 1600 hrs or earlier if there is a substantial change/escalation to the situation. 

HARBOUR MASTERS DIRECTIVES for clearing the Port of Dampier is as follows:

25th January 2019

Anchorages:
•    All anchorages have been cleared.

Terminals :

•    Rio Tinto, Dampier Salt, King Bay Supply Base, Toll terminals have been cleared.
•    Bulk Liquid Berth and Dampier Cargo Wharf have been cleared.

1300 Hours

•    Vessel’s from Woodside terminals to be cleared 

Terminal/berth operators  are to ensure that :

•    The wharf areas are inspected for and cleared off / secured for any items that may have the potential to fall into the berth pockets or adjacent areas during periods of strong winds

Regards,
Vikas Bangia 
Harbour Master / PSO  – Dampier 

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