HOT PORT NEWS from GAC
Naval firing practice
Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Mumbai, India
The Navy will be conducting firing practice from 0930 hours to 1400 hours on 3 & 4 April 2019. During this period, there will no shipping movements in the Mumbai Harbour.
No anchorages will be allotted during this time. All vessels anchored in the inner harbor and PLA will be required to vacate the anchorage by midnight on 2 April 2019.
No ships will be allowed to be anchored in the firing area from coastal batteries at Middle Ground, Oyster Rock and Colaba Point.
(For information about operations at Indian ports, contact GAC India at [email protected])
Source: Mumbai Port Trust Trade Notice No.: DC/C-NM/1566
Ports’ status after passage of Cyclone Veronica
Tuesday, March 26, 2019, Dampier/Port Walcott/Barrow Island/Varanus Island/Cape Preston/Onslow/Port Hedland, Australia
In view of the passing of Cyclone Veronica and the lifting of the Red Alert at the Port of Dampier, the Harbour Master has directed for the port to be opened as follows:
From 0930 hours local time today (26 March)
– Small vessel movements within the port for inspection of terminals
– Service craft movement to vessels at cyclone moorings
– Tugs boats, line boats and small service vessels may return to their respective berths/places of work
– Small vessel movement within Hampton Harbour permitted for inspection and crewing purposes.
No movement is permitted for vessels to enter or leave the port limits. All terminals must inform the result of this inspections so that we can make an informed decision for the next step of operations within the port.
At Port Walcott, Barrow Island, Varanus Island, Cape Preston and Onslow, port facility/terminal operators should inspect their facilities, including their berths, berth pockets, channels, navigation markers and associated infrastructure and provide information to the Harbour Master once they believe that the cyclone is both cleared and the facilities are in all respects ready to receive marine traffic.
To permit the above inspections in-port movements of small vessels (pilot cutters, tugs, support vessels, etc) are now permitted on the bases of appropriate Risk Assessments. Port support vessels such as crew vessels, tugs, Pilot cutters etc and vessels operating from boat harbours may move from cyclone locations to their respective service facilities pending a Risk Assessment and in compliance with normal adverse weather contingency planning.
Depending on the outcome of the inspections to be conducted today, it is anticipated that the ports’ anchorages may be opened today, and when appropriate the berth infrastructure will also be opened to marine traffic including trading vessels.
Cyclone Veronica is now well clear of Port Hedland and the port was re-opened at 0900 hours local time today (26 March). A plan has been implemented to re-populate the berths and anchorages in a staged manner over the next 24 hours.
For information about operations in Australia contact GAC Australia at [email protected]