Press release

09 April, 2019

Australia - Tropical Cyclone Wallace

09th April, 2019

Dear Valued Customer,    

Please find herewith below notification received from Pilbara Ports Authority.

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Good morning All,
 
Port of Dampier – Tropical Cyclone Wallace – Update 5
 
As per latest BOM forecast  Tropical cyclone Wallace has started weakening and downgraded to a category 2 system. 
TC Wallace is forecast to continue moving in a West to South westerly (WSW) direction and unlikely to recurve towards Pilbara Coast. 
Port of Dampier will continue to experience swell today until Wednesday as a likely consequence of the cyclone. 

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 Monday 09th April 2019
Location of system:                                   Approximately 16.4S 114.4E
Forecast motion:                                       W @ 7kts
Category:                                                    Cat 2
Maximum winds:                                      60kts (gusting to 85kts)
Range and Bearing                                   284 nm X NNW

  
 
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
 
Capt. Anurodh Prasad 
Deputy Harbour Master (Dampier) 

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