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Queensland, Australia

Dardanelles, Turkey


Ex-Tropical Cyclone Linda
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Queensland, Australia

At 9am AEST today (Wednesday 14 March), Ex-Tropical Cyclone Linda was located in the Coral Sea near Latitude 21.7 South, Longitude 157.0 East, about 630 km east-northeast of Gladstone and 760 km north-northeast of Brisbane. The system has transitioned into a subtropical low in the past few hours, and will not recover tropical cyclone characteristics.

It is expected to move generally to the southwest during today before taking on a more southerly track on Thursday, and is expected to remain offshore of the southern Queensland coast.

At its closest approach to the coast, the remains of Tropical Cyclone Linda will generate large waves and dangerous surf conditions about exposed southern Queensland beaches. Tides are also expected to be higher than normal, particularly on Thursday morning’s high tide. A Severe Weather Warning is current for these conditions.

There should be no effect on loading/discharge operations at any terminal.

For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at

Suspension of traffic
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Dardanelles, Turkey

Vessel traffic in the Dardanelles will be suspended between 0800 and 1600 hours local time on Friday 16 March and Sunday 18 March due to Canakkale Victory and Martyrs’ Day.

For further details and information about operations in the Turkish Straits, contact GAC Istanbul at

Civil unrest, curfew in force
Wednesday, March 14, 2018, Panama

The Republic of Panama is experiencing civil unrest, which began on the evening of Monday 12 March and has intensified since yesterday (13 March).

Currently, the worst affected area is Colon Province, with the epicenter at the City of Colon/Cristobal which is witnessing looting, crossfire shootings, and cargo rail theft incidents.

A curfew between 1800 and 0600 hours is in effect since yesterday. As a result, GAC-Wilford & McKay’s ability to board vessels on the Atlantic side of the Panama Canal is highly limited while authorities confront social unrest and criminal activity. A skeleton staff is being maintained at our Cristobal office.

So far, Panama Canal traffic has not been delayed at a result of the unrest.

Updates on the situation will be given as they develop over the next 24 hours.

For information about operations in Panama contact GAC-Wilford & McKay at

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