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.
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;
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 http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/warnings/index.shtml
Tropical Cyclone forecast track map http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ65002.shtml
Acting / Manager (Vessel Traffic Management) | Brisbane VTS
Maritime Safety Queensland | Department of Transport and Main Roads
Ground Floor | Pinkenba Marine Operations Base
Macarthur Avenue East | Pinkenba Qld 4008