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06 January, 2020

Tropical Storm Blake - Port of Dampier, Australia

Dear Valued Customers, 

Please find here with below important notice received from Pilbara Ports Authority, Acting Harbour Master in regards to Port of Dampier – Tropical Cyclone Blake – Update 3.


Subject: Port of Dampier – Cyclone Stage 1- Tropical Cyclone Blake (02U) – Update 3

Good day All,
Port of Dampier – Tropical Cyclone Blake – Update 3
As per the latest BoM forecast, tropical cyclone Blake (ex-tropical low 02U) is currently located over the offshore Kimberley waters.

The tropical cyclone Blake is expected to start travelling southwards passing west of Broome and continue moving towards the Pilbara coast, making landfall in the vicinity of Eighty Mile Beach.
The system is expected to intensify into a Category 2 tropical cyclone prior to landfall.

ALERT LEVEL: The Port of Dampier is currently at Cyclone Stage 1 - Monitor. 
This stage involves monitoring the weather system and assessing its likely path and potential impact on the Port of Dampier.
Date and time of issue:                           0800 WST, Monday 6th January 2020
Location of system:                                 15.8S 122.0E 
Forecast motion:                                      E @ 5 kts 
Category:                                                  Tropical Cyclone Blake (ex 02U)
Maximum winds:                                     40 kts (gusting 55 kts)
Range and Bearing                                  418 nm X NE

Vessel Masters shall ensure:
•    Vessel's engines and machinery are fully operational.
•    Vessel's stability, trim, and propeller immersion are appropriate.
•    Vessel's manning, stores and bunkers are adequate for departure.
•    Preparations are made in accordance with their respective cyclone response plan.
Terminal/berth operators  are to ensure that :
•    The latest cyclone forecasts are taken into account when planning operations over the coming days.
•    The response plan must account for the time required for vessels to clear the port and the approaching tropical system safely.
•    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.
The weather forecasts will continue to be monitored with further advice to be issued within the next 24 hours or earlier if there is a substantial change/escalation to the situation.