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Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Cyclones and Typhoons, Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on October 17, 2016 at 7:39 PM


Hong Kong
Murmansk, Russia
Novorossiysk & Taman, Russia
Tropical Cyclone Sarika
Monday, October 17, 2016, Hong Kong
At 2 p.m., Typhoon Sarika was estimated to be about 540 km south of Hong Kong (near 17.5 degrees north 113.4 degrees east) and is forecast to move west-northwest at about 20 km per hour across the central part of the South China Sea and intensify gradually.Under the combined effect of the northeast monsoon and Sarika, local winds will generally strengthen progressively today.

According to the present forecast track, the Strong Wind Signal, No. 3 [which means that winds with mean speeds of 41-62 km per hour are expected] will remain in force today [17 October].

Squally showers started to affect the coast of Guangdong and there will also be swells. Members of the public are advised to stay away from the shoreline and not to engage in water sports.

(For information about operations in Hong Kong contact GAC Hong Kong at

Source: Tropical Cyclone Bulletin issued by the Hong Kong Observatory, Strong Wind Signal, No.3 issued at 1:40 pmlocal time on 17 October 2016

New passenger terminal opened
Monday, October 17, 2016, Murmansk, Russia
The newly reconstructed building at Murmansk port’s passenger terminal has been opened.The renovated building, which opened for operations on 4 October, boosts the infrastructure for servicing of passengers coming to the port by marine transport. It is part of a project which includes the reconstruction of the pier for long-distance lines, bank protection facilities and improvement of the adjacent territory.

The passenger capacity for internal lines is 50 passengers per hour, and 120 passengers per hour for international cruise lines. Under the Federal Target Program, a State Border checkpoint will be established in the terminal building by 2018.

The main characteristics of the pier for long-distance lines are as follows:
Pier type: Mutual-anchored bulkhead
Pier length: 206,6 m
Pier breadth: 19,6 m
Displacement Max: 30277 mt
Vessel’s Length Max: 180,45 m
Draught Max: 5,95 m

For further details about Murmansk passenger terminal and information about operations in Murmansk, contact GAC Russia at

Ports closed due to strong winds
Monday, October 17, 2016, Novorossiysk & Taman, Russia
Novorossiysk Port has been closed since yesterday (16 October) midday due to strong northeasterly winds. Sheskharis Oil Terminal halted loading operation the same day. All tankers have been shifted to outer roads.  The actual wind force is 30-33 m/sec.Gale warning # 171 in NOVOROSSIYSK area declared at 12:15 today: Wind: NE 20-25 m/sec. Sea swell: 1.3-2.0 m.

Gale warning # 172 in ANAPA-DZHUBGA area declared 13.45 today: Wind: NE 20-25 m/sec. Sea swell: 1.3-2.0 m.

At TAMAN Port, there is currently one vessel alongside. Wind NE 13-18 m/sec. Sea swell 1.3-2.0 m.

Gale warning # 108 in TAMAN area declared at 14:10 yesterday (16 October): Wind: NE 13-18 m/sec, sea swell 1.3-2.0 m

Strong winds and bad weather can be expected until the evening of Wednesday, 19 October.

For information about operations in Russia contact GAC Russia at


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