Press release

22 February, 2019

Weather Advisory - Update 3: Approach of Cyclone Oma to the South East Queensland Coast

Dear Valued Customer,    

Please see below and attached update from H/Masters office.  Pilotage will remain suspended due to unsafe conditions, the next review will take place at 16.30.  (We do not expect any changes to pilotage over the weekend with swell conditions expected to deteriorate further)

Please see following link Interactive Weather and Wave Forecast Maps http://www.bom.gov.au/australia/charts/viewer/index.shtml?domain=combinedW&type=sigWaveHgt 
Severe Weather Warning for DAMAGING WINDS, ABNORMALLY HIGH TIDES and DANGEROUS SURF as per following link http://www.bom.gov.au/products/IDQ21037.shtml 

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Dear Stakeholders,

Tropical cyclone Oma is approximately 720 kilometres East North East of Brisbane.

Tropical Cyclone Advise Number 4 issued by the Bureau of Meteorology 

“Tropical Cyclone Oma has weakened to Category 1 but is forecast to strengthen back to category 2 during Friday. It is expected to continue moving in a generally south to southwesterly direction during Friday and early Saturday. Oma's motion becomes slow moving to the north during Saturday, remaining offshore through the weekend and early next week.”

Port Stakeholders will need to continue preparation and review shipping schedules appropriate for the severe weather conditions ahead. With current swell and wind conditions all arrivals, removals and departures are suspended. 

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 activity is around Saturday 23/02/19 and Sunday 24/02/19 at 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 meters or more and Gale Warnings for South East Queensland, including Moreton Bay for Friday and Saturday.
  • Potential intermittent suspension of Pilotage transfers at Point Cartwright as waves heights and wind speeds reach their peak.
  • Pilotage Transfers at Point Cartwright are currently suspended and will be reviewed at 1200 today.
  • Point Cartwright anchorage is now closed.
  • Brisbane Roads anchorage is 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. 
  • Terminal Operators are requested to draft a list of ships in order of priority, that have been delayed due to this weather event, and submit to Brisbane VTS (email: VTSBrisbane@msq.qld.gov.au). This is to allow the commencement of forward planning on a shipping schedule once weather conditions begin to 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.
 
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

190222 - TC Oma Brief V2

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