Press release

05 April, 2019

Weather Advisory - Australia - Pilbara Ports Authority / Port of Dampier / Tropical Low 21U

Please see below important information from the Harbour Master / PSO Dampier of Pilbara Ports Authority in regards to Port of Dampier, Tropical Low 21U – Update 1.

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Good morning All,

 Port of Dampier – Tropical low 21U – Update 1

 As per latest BOM forecast a tropical low(21U) is currently located  west northwest of Darwin.

This weather system is likely to move in a West-South-westerly(WSW) direction and expected to intensify to tropical cyclone strength later tonight or early Saturday morning.
  
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.
 
SUMMARY:
 
Date and time of issue:                            0800 WST Friday 05th April 2019
Location of system:                                   Approximately 11.6S 128.3E
Forecast motion:                                       SW @ 9kts
Category:                                                    below TC intensity
Maximum winds:                                       30kts (gusting to 45kts)
Range and Bearing                                    859 nm X NE
 
 
 
HARBOUR MASTER DIRECTIONS:
 
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 if planning operations over the coming days
  • The response plan accounts for time required for vessel's 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

 
LOOKING AHEAD:
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.
 
Kind Regards
 Vikas Bangia 
Harbour Master / PSO  – Dampier 
 
1 Mof Road Dampier, WA, Australia.
Vikas.Bangia@pilbaraports.com.au  |  www.pilbaraports.com.au

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