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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on April 11, 2017 at 9:46 PM


Port Botany, Australia
Port Kembla, Australia
Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
Pilotage suspended
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Port Botany, Australia
Due to adverse weather, all pilotage at Port Botany have been suspended. The current swell height 3km off the port is averaging 6.1m, with a maximum height of 8.9m.

Conditions will be re-assessed at 0600 hours local time tomorrow morning (12 April).

All berthed vessels are working as normal.

For information about operations at Australian ports, contact GAC Australia at

Coal Terminal industrial dispute
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Port Kembla, Australia

Three days of industrial action have started today (11 April) at Port Kembla Coal Terminal over a dispute regarding Employee Enterprise Agreement negotiations.

As a result of the action, there will be:

  • no loading or receivals from 0000 hours today to 0700 tomorrow (Wednesday 12 April)
  • there will be no receivals from 0701 hours tomorrow until 0700 hours on Thursday (13 April)
  • there will be a partial ban on operational activities, with vessel loading and receivals partially impacted, from 0701 to 1500 hours on Thursday.

The dispute is affecting the shipping programme with one vessel presently alongside waiting to complete cargo loading, four at anchorage and another four vessels due off port by Friday 14 April.

For information about operations at Australia ports contact GAC Australia at

Sandstorm closes port
Tuesday, April 11, 2017, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Jeddah Port halted operations due to a sandstorm at 1100 hours local time today (11 April).

For further details and updates, or information about operations in Jeddah, contact GAC Saudi Arabia at


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