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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.


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.
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
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

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.  |