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21 February, 2019

Weather Advisory - Update 2: Approach Of Cyclone Oma to the South East Queensland Coast

Dear Valued Customer,    

Further to our previous message, please see below and attached the following from the Acting / Manager (vessel traffic Management) in regards to approach of Cyclone OMA to the South East Queensland Coast.


Good Afternoon,

Cyclone watch has been issued for Bundaberg to Ballina. 

As the track of tropical cyclone Oma (approximately 900 kilometres North East of Brisbane) becomes more established, forecasted to move towards the southwest and the Queensland Coast over the next few days, Port Stakeholders will need to continue preparation and review shipping schedules appropriate for the severe weather conditions ahead. With both swell and wind conditions all arrivals and departures are under review. There is expected to be only minimal, if any, movements scheduled for the period from sunset tonight (Thursday) until early Monday sunrise.

The following still applies;

A  high energy swell event with large and power sea conditions including gale force winds, generated by tropical cyclone Oma in the Coral Sea are forecasted to effect South East Queensland Coastal Waters, today and continue into this weekend. The expected peak of the cyclone is around Saturday 23/02/19 and Sunday 24/02/19 at this stage. This will effect ships requiring Under Keel Clearance windows in the North West channel as swell conditions increase. As the cyclone approaches the coast, high windage ships such as Passenger ships, Container Ships and Vehicle carriers could also be affected during this stage.

Brisbane VTS would like to warn Agents, Terminals and Service Providers about the implications of tropical cyclone Oma and the significant disruption to port activities, such as;

  • Swell conditions at Point Cartwright in the range of 6 to 8 meters or more and Gale Warnings / Severe Gale Warnings for South East Queensland, including Moreton Bay.
  • Potential intermittent suspension of Pilotage transfers at Point Cartwright as waves heights and wind speeds reach their peak.
  • Point Cartwright anchorage now closed.
  • Brisbane Roads anchorage now closed.
  • Deep draft ships can expect Under Keel Clearance (NCOS) windows to close.
  • Tidal windows will be required for all ships over 11.5m draft from Wednesday AM.
  • High windage ships may not be able to berth securely due to beam winds and therefore may be rescheduled to call once winds abate. 

Brisbane VTS will continue to monitor the situation and communicate with Shipping Agents, Terminals and Service Providers during this time as more information comes to hand and cyclone Oma approaches the Queensland Coast.
Please refer to the Bureau of Meteorology for further detailed information and review against your expected operations during the period.
Weather Warnings

Tropical Cyclone forecast track map

Download - 190221 - TC Oma Brief v2

Best Regards,

Craig Warton
Acting / Manager (Vessel Traffic Management) | Brisbane VTS
Maritime Safety Queensland | Department of Transport and Main Roads

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