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Port Conditions, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on February 16, 2018 at 7:27 PM


Hong Kong
North West Coast, Australia
US Gulf, United States

Submarine outfall inspection works off Black Point Power Station
Friday, February 16, 2018, Hong Kong

From 21 February 2018 and for approximately one week, submarine outfall inspection works will be carried out within the area bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 24.746’N / 113 deg. 54.142’E
(B) 22 deg. 24.710’N / 113 deg. 54.182’E
(C) 22 deg. 24.602’N / 113 deg. 54.065’E
(D) 22 deg. 24.645’N / 113 deg. 54.024’E

The works will be carried out by two derrick lighters. One tugboat and one work boat will provide assistance.

A working area of approximately 50 metres will be established around each derrick lighter. Yellow marker buoys fitted with yellow flashing lights will be laid to mark the positions of the anchors extending from the derrick lighters.

The hours of work will be from 0800 to 2000 hours. Vessels employed for the works will stay in the works area outside the hours of work.

Diving operations will be carried out from time to time during the hours of work.

Vessels engaged in the operations will display signals as prescribed in international and local regulations.

Vessels navigating in the vicinity should proceed with caution and keep clear of the works area at slow speed, bearing in mind there are divers working in the area.

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

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.20 of 2018 dated 13 February 2018

Ports on cyclone watch/alert
Friday, February 16, 2018, North West Coast, Australia

As a cyclone approaches the North West Australian coast, Port Hedland remains on Cyclone Alert 1, expected to be raised to a level 2 alert during the afternoon of 16 February. There is a strong chance the port may be closed if the cyclone maintains its current track and intensity.

The ports of Port Walcott and Dampier are now also on Cyclone Watch. The local authorities are monitoring the situation and Masters and Terminals are being put on notice that there may be a requirement to close the port and clear berths / anchorages should the situation deteriorate.

Meanwhile, a second Cyclone is now in the Coral Sea off the East Coast of Australia. This weather system is still well east of the Australian coast and at this time not expected to cross to the coast, however weather effects may impact on the east coast of Australia over coming days.

The latest update from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology states:
“At 12pm AEST Thursday, severe tropical cyclone Gita, category 4, was located in the Fiji Meteorological Service area of responsibility near latitude 21.6 south and longitude 174.4 east. It is currently moving in a westerly direction at 14 km per hour and is forecast to track between Norfolk Island and Lord Howe Island during the weekend and into Monday, and is expected to remain well offshore the Queensland east coast. While the centre of the system is not expected to enter the Eastern Region, gales are possible near the far southeastern border.”

For the latest information on this system, refer to the Fiji Meteorological Service warnings at

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

Channel closures due to fog
Friday, February 16, 2018, US Gulf, United States

The US Gulf continues to be hampered by fog delays. Please see the below summary of channel closures:

Corpus Christi
Closed at 17.15 hours local time on February 15

Closed at 17.30 hours local time on February 15

Closed at 19.46 hours local time on February 15
Opened at 22.43 hours local time on February 15
Closed at 02.02 hours local time on February 16

Closed at 03.00 hours local time on February 16

New Orleans (North of Algiers Point)
Closed at 03.25 hours local time on February 16

For information about operations in the United States contact GAC North America at

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