Effective 8 a.m. Monday, the US Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) set port condition Yankee for the Port of Jacksonville and Fernandina and all other terminals and facilities due to the expectation of sustained gale force winds of generated by Hurricane Dorian that is expected to land in the area by Wednesday.
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Because of the windy conditions in Rotterdam, the majority of depots use Windbreakers, a cat-iron coupling, developed by Windbreaker International, that connects the corners of the containers, enabling them to be protected and not vulnerable to wind.
The USCG eliminated, on March 7, the traffic located along a specific area of the Houston Ship Channel, after severe weather conditions halted cleanup operations that were being conducted because of the petrochemical fire and the chemical spill of the previous month.
The Swedish Club informed that the port of Beira has sustained only limited damages, but the roads are still not accessible due to the flooding. Specifically, on March 14, the Central region of Mozambique and most particularly the city of Beira were heavily affected by Cyclone IDAI. There has been extensive wind and water damage to the city and surrounding area with loss of lives, property and no electricity and water available.
In its Australian ports update in view of the monsoon, ship agency GAC informed that berthing is currently suspended at Abbot Point Coal Terminal until further notice and there are no vessels alongside. There are currently 21 vessels at anchor.
Most of Algeria’s ports have been closed to traffic as a result of heavy weather, according to data provided by the Standard P&I Club. The closed ports as of 1st February include Arzew, Oran, Mostaganem, Skikda and Tenes.
Port of Dampier located in Pilbara of Western Australia continues operations after cyclone ‘Riley’. Pilbara ports Authority published an update on January 28 that the shipping operations at the port of Dampier have resumed in a stage manner, with all inner anchorages opened. Because of the cyclone, Australian’s Pilbara Ports Authority cleared major ports under preparations for the cyclones.
Egypt, after shutting down seven of its ports due to bad weather conditions, it reopened five out of seven ports on January 17. As stated by Reuters, the bad weather conditions improved and the wind stabilized as announced by the Red Sea Ports Authority.
Heavy weather combined with inappropriate manipulations may lead to damage of a vessel, threatening the cargo, the environment or, even worst, human life. That’s why, for the time being, Egyptian authorities have shut down the most important ports of Alexandria and Dekheila on the Mediterranean Sea and Ain Sokhna and Suez on the Red Sea because of extreme weather conditions, as stated by Reuters.
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