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Logistics, Ports & Terminals, Weather — By on June 15, 2018 at 7:06 PM


Hong Kong

Port Kembla, Australia

Marine site investigation off pier at Kau Sai Chau, Sai Kung
Friday, June 15, 2018, Hong Kong

For approximately 1 month, marine site investigation works involving drilling of boreholes will be carried out in the following works areas:

This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (A) to (D):
(A) 22 deg. 20.557’N / 114 deg. 19.212’E
(B) 22 deg. 20.546’N / 114 deg. 19.215’E
(C) 22 deg. 20.543’N / 114 deg. 19.203’E
(D) 22 deg. 20.554’N / 114 deg. 19.200’E

This area is bounded by straight lines joining the following co-ordinates (WGS 84 Datum) from (E) to (H):
(E) 22 deg. 20.551’N / 114 deg. 19.227’E
(F) 22 deg. 20.541’N / 114 deg. 19.230’E
(G) 22 deg. 20.538’N / 114 deg. 19.219’E
(H) 22 deg. 20.548’N / 114 deg. 19.216’E

The works will be carried out by two jack-up platforms. Yellow flashing lights will be installed at the four corners of each jack-up platform to indicate its position. One tugboat will provide assistance.

The hours of the works will be from 0700 to 1900 hours. No works will be carried out on Sundays and public holidays. Vessels employed in the works will stay in the works area outside 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.

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

Source: Government of the Hong Kong SAR Marine Department Notice No.94 of 2018

Severe weather warning
Friday, June 15, 2018, Port Kembla, Australia

A severe weather warning, which includes a forecast of high winds and swell conditions, is in effect for Port Kembla and the Illawarra Coast.

The port and anchorage remains open and the Port Authority will continue to manage ships according to risk on a case-by-case basis, as required.

Depending on the weather over the weekend, the Port Authority may direct the port and/or anchorage to be closed at some stage, but they will assess this at the time on the conditions experienced.

For vessels alongside in the port, Masters should ensure all adequate precautions have been made to secure their vessels for the expected weather conditions. This may include, but not limited to:

  • extra lines,
  • anchors ready for letting go or lowered to the seabed if considered necessary,
  • ramp positioning for PCCs,
  • requiring tugs on standby at the discretion of the Master, and without waiting for instruction from the Port Kembla VTIC or Harbour Master.
    As a precondition of vessels remaining within the port during this weather event, the Harbour Master reserves the right to order tugs to be on standby for vessels that remain in the port for the purposes of port and navigational safety, the costs of which will be shared equally amongst the vessels alongside in the port at the time.

For information about operations at Australian ports contact GAC Australia at

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