Press release

22 March, 2019

Weather Advisory - Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica – Alert Stage 4 – Shut Down - Update 4

Dear Valued Customer,    

Please see below important information from the Harbour Master of Pilbara Ports Authority in regards to Port Hedland – Severe Tropical Cyclone VERONICA - Alert Stage 4 - SHUT DOWN - update 4.

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Good afternoon,

The PPA – Port of Port Hedland cyclone response procedure has been activated. The Port of Port Hedland is now at Cyclone alert Stage 4 – Shut Down.
 
As of 1500 AWST Friday 22 March, the BoM has issued guidance forecast for Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica (Category 4) currently located 190 NM North - North West of Port Hedland. Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is expected to maintain its intensity and move towards the Pilbara coastline over the next 48 hours.

PPA Port Hedland has commenced /completed the following actions in line with the PPA Port Hedland cyclone response procedure:

  1. The Port of Port Hedland was CLOSED at 1230 AWST today 22 March.
  2. The inner harbour and shipping channel was cleared of all large commercial vessels as of 1230 AWST today 22 March.
  3. The anchorages were cleared of all vessels as of 1338 AWST 21 March.
  4. Small vessel operators are continuing to secure their assets within the various facilities located in the inner harbour, this is expected to be completed as of 1800 today.
  5. On water inspections within the inner harbour post the departure of large commercial vessels has been completed.

PPA Port Hedland will continue to be guided by the weather forecasts issued by the BoM and the community alert system over the coming days. A further update when the Port of Port Hedland is in a position to commence operations.

The latest track map as of 1500 AWST 22 March for Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica is attached below for your reference.

 

Myron Fernandes 
Harbour Master - Port Hedland 

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Please see below important information from the Harbour Master of Pilbara Ports Authority in regards to Port of Dampier– Cyclone Stage 4 - Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica – Update 6.

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Good Evening All,

Port of Dampier – Severe Tropical Cyclone Veronica – Update 6

As per latest BoM forecast the severe tropical cyclone Veronica (Cat 4 system), is currently located North of Dampier.
This severe tropical cyclone should initially track southwest today, before taking a more south to south easterly direction on Saturday as it approaches the Pilbara coast in next 48 hours. 

This Severe Tropical Cyclone is forecasted to bring heavy rainfall, high swell, storm surges and winds in excess of 100 knots to the Port of Dampier. 

ALERT LEVEL: The Port of Dampier is currently on Cyclone Stage 4 – Shut Down

The Port of Dampier will move to “Stage 4 - Shut Down” from 1800LT on 22nd March 2019

Dampier & Ashburton VTS will be unmanned from 1800 LT on 22nd March 2019.

SUMMARY:

Date and time of issue:                            1400 WST Friday 22nd March 2019
Location of system:                                  Approximately 17.7S 116.7E 
Current motion:                                        Near Stationary 
Category:                                                 Cat 4 Tropical Cyclone Intensity
Maximum winds:                                      95 kts (gusting to 135kts)
Range and Bearing                                  174 nm X N

LOOKING AHEAD:

The weather forecasts will continue to be monitored with further advice to be issued when a decision is made to activate “Stage 5 – Re-Open the Port”. 

KEY CONTACT DETAILS

Harbourmaster Dampier – Capt Vikas Bangia – 0427 299 645
Deputy Harbourmaster – Capt Anurodh Prasad – 0400 468 724
Deputy Harbourmaster – Capt Heathcliff Pimento – 0448 871 085

Best Regards

Vikas

 Vikas Bangia 
Harbour Master / PSO  – Dampier 
 
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