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Passage of Cyclone: Australian Ore Ports Reopening

As the tropical cyclone 'Christine' has now weakened, affected northwest Australia ore-loading ports are set to reopen informs GAC, as follows: Dampier and Port Walcott Berthing of vessels to be confirmed once the appropriate channel inspections have been carried out, sea conditions are within safe operating parameters for berthing and the Terminals are ready to start loading again. At this stage, first vessels to berth will be vessels that pre-loaded prior to terminal closure. Port Hedland Port Hedland has now re-opened and loading operations have resumed. The Australian Government Bureau of Meteorology Tropical Cyclone Warning Centre in Perth advises that although Ex-TC 'Christine' has weakened below tropical cyclone intensity, damaging wind gusts are likely to continue on the northeastern side of the system during Wednesday as it moves quickly across southeastern WA. Moderate to heavy rainfall is expected near the track. A Flood Watch has been issued for the Goldfields. Source: GAC    


Eye of Tropical Storm Iselle Makes Landfall on Hawaii

The eye of Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on Hawaii's Big Island on Friday with strong winds and heavy rain, the U.S. Central Pacific Hurricane Center said. The center said Iselle had weakened to a tropical storm as it moved over Hawaii. Iselle is being closely followed by Julio, a Category 3 hurricane set to reach Hawaii on Monday. (Reporting by Sandra Maler; Editing by Bill Trott)


Gustav Blows Buoys Off Course

The Coast Guard has begun the job of repairing numerous navigational aid discrepancies throughout the Outer Banks after damages resulting from Tropical Storm Gustav. U.S. Coast Guard small boat stations throughout the Outer Banks performed preliminary surveys Wednesday and discovered nine navigational aids with discrepancies in Ocracoke Inlet and two discrepancies in Hatteras Inlet. Coast Guard Aids To Navigation Team Cape Hatteras has worked to repair some of the discrepancies.


Cruise Ships Prepare for Hurricane

Five Miami-based cruise ships have changed their itineraries to avoid Tropical Storm Chris. Forecasters have issued a hurricane watch for the southeastern Bahamas and the Turks and Caicos islands as Tropical Storm Chris threatens to intensify. Royal Caribbean's 3,114-passenger Navigator of the Seas, which plans to return to Miami by August 5, skipped a visit to St. Maarten and will arrive in Nassau on August 4, a day earlier than planned


Maersk Line Introduces Sustainable Container Floors

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New Maersk Line procurement policy for container floorboards aims to reduce demand for illegally logged tropical hardwood Today, Maersk Line announced a new policy to refrain from purchasing containers with floors made of uncertified tropical hardwood. “Illegal logging is widely recognised as a serious threat to forests, people and wildlife. We feel obligated to use our purchasing power to push for higher standards and ensure that the timber we use for container floors come from


Cyclone Approach Sends NW Australia Iron Ore Carriers to Sea

Bulk carrier at wharf: Photo CCL

A tropical cyclone intensifying off northwestern Australia was on course to sweep across some of the world's largest iron ore mines after causing giant shipping ports to close. Vale declared 'force majeur' and iron ore prices rose world-wide, reports Reuters. Shipments of millions of tonnes of iron ore were suspended from the west Australian ports of Port Hedland, Dampier and Cape Lambert ahead of Cyclone Christine, a category three tropical storm, making landfall.


Fire Causes Cruise Ship To Lose Propulsion

While the torrid pace of cruise line expansion continues, the cruise industry as a whole has endured some rather serious bumps and bruises lately, with a spate of collisions, groundings and fires which could result in potential travelers casting a wary eye when making vacation plans. The latest in the line of mishaps has struck Carnival Cruise Lines, a unit of Carnival Corp., the world's biggest cruise operator. Last Sunday (September 19) a fire broke out in the engine room of Tropicale --


New Orleans Vessel Traffic Returns to Normal

Carnival Conquest

Vessel traffic on the Mississippi River returned to normal Sunday as the remnants of Tropical Storm Karen dissipated. U.S. Coast Guard officials rescinded all restrictions on the River and area waterways about midnight, allowing vessels and mariners to resume normal operations. The Carnival Conquest arrived at the Port’s Erato Street Cruise Terminal about noon, followed by the Carnival Elation berthing at the Julia Street Cruise Terminal a half hour later.


USCG Sets Port Status Whiskey for Tropical Storm Arthur

Source: NOAA

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector North Carolina port Captain has set the Port Condition Whiskey for all navigable waterways in North Carolina in preparation for the anticipated weather impact of tropical storm Arthur. Port Status Whiskey is normally set when gale force winds from a hurricane force storm are expected to arrive at the port within 72 hours. The USCG expects winds between 39 and 54 mph to reach Frying Pan Shoals Lighted Buoy 16 within 72 hours


Caribbean Storm Likely to Strengthen, Veers Away from US

A low-pressure system moved over Puerto Rico on Friday and is expected to veer northeast away from the U.S. East Coast but still has an 80 percent chance of forming into a tropical storm in the next five days, the National Hurricane Center (NHC) said. "There's a good chance that this system could develop into a (tropical) depression within the next 48 hours," said David Roberts, a Navy hurricane specialist with the NHC.


Two Mexican Oil Ports Reopen after Dolly Downgraded

Two of Mexico's three main oil exporting ports in the Gulf of Mexico, Dos Bocas and Cayo Arcas, were reopened on Wednesday after major storm Dolly was downgraded, the country's communications and transport ministry said in a statement. Dolly, which was previously a tropical storm


Tropical Storm Forms off Mexico's Pacific Coast

Tropical storm Odile formed on Wednesday off Mexico's Pacific Coast and is due to strengthen overnight as it moves towards the famous beach resort of Acapulco, which was hit hard by storms and record flooding last year. On Wednesday morning


Edouard to be First Major 2014 Atlantic Hurricane

Edouard, a Category 2 hurricane, may become the first major hurricane of the 2014 Atlantic season by Monday night although it poses no threat to land, the National Hurricane Center said. The fourth hurricane and fifth named storm of the season had top sustained winds of nearly 105 mph (165


Australian Navy Delivers Solomon Island Supplies

Offloading in Solomons: Photo RAN

Two Royal Australian Navy landing craft have delivered vital supplies to remote communities in Solomon Islands as part of Australia’s commitment to provide support to the region.
 
 HMA Ships Labuan and Tarakan transported education


Coast Guard Medevacs 19 Crew from Cargo Ship

Medevac by helicopter: Photo USCG

Nineteen sick crew-members, thought to be suffering from food poisoning aboard the 584-foot cargo ship 'JS Comet' have been hoisted from their anchored vessel 3 miles off Port Canaveral, Florida. USCG informs that two MH-60 helicopter crews from Coast Guard Air Station Clearwater safely hoisted


Tropical Forests Destruction in S. America is Sin of Modern Times - Pope

 Pope Francis

  Pope Francisco called for more respect for nature on Saturday, calling the destruction of tropical forests in South America and other forms of environmental exploitation as sins of modern times. In a speech at the University of Molise


Hurricane Arthur Weakens to Tropical Storm

Hurricane Arthur

  Hurricane Arthur weakened on Saturday to leave New England and was felt in parts of southeastern Canada with heavy rains and winds, where he left some 250,000 homes and business premises without power. Arthur weakened to a tropical storm on Saturday morning after landfall in the Outer


Macquarie to Control IMTT

Macquarie Infrastructure Co LLC said it would buy the 50 percent stake in liquids storage provider International-Matex Tank Terminals (IMTT) that it does not control for $1.03 billion in cash and stock. Macquarie, which owns half of IMTT since 2006


Simplex-Turbulo to Represent Fujian Huadong Yard

Fujian Huadong shipyard (Photo courtesy of Simplex-Turbulo)

Simplex-Turbulo Co. Ltd. announced that it now represents three drydocks: Jurong (Singapore), Astander (Northern Spain) and the newest addition Fujian Huadong (China). A new shipyard built in 2011, the Fujian Huadong shipyard is located on the northern side of Fujian Luoyuan Bay


Second Typhoon Threatens Taiwan

The Taiwan military was collecting and distributing sandbags to guard against possible flooding on Tuesday as a typhoon bore down on the island after brushing the Philippines. Typhoon Matmo, a category-two cyclone on Tropical Storm Risk's scale of one to five


Mariners Urged to Brace for Heavy Weather

Hurricane Iselle (Image: NOAA)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) is urging the public to prepare for the onset of heavy weather expected to impact the Hawaiian Islands Thursday. The effects of Hurricane Iselle and Tropical Storm Julio are expected to generate extreme sea conditions


Center of Iselle Lashes Hawaii

Iselle weakens to tropical storm from hurricane; More than 1,200 people head to shelters. Some 5,000 without power. Hurricane Julio set to reach Hawaii on Monday. The center of Tropical Storm Iselle made landfall on Hawaii's Big Island on Friday, bringing strong winds and heavy rain


Storm near Lesser Antilles Could Develop into cyclone

An elongated area of low pressure located about 350 miles east of the Lesser Antilles has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical cyclone in the next 48 hours, the U.S. National Hurricane Center (NHC) said on Thursday. "Environmental conditions are expected to be conducive for


USCG Recognizes Meritorious Bulkship Rescue Team

Meritorious service award: Photo USCG

Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, Federal, State, County and several members of the maritime community have received a Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation award during a ceremony held at the Canaveral Port Authority Maritime Center in Port Canaveral, Florida


Tropical Storm Dolly Heads toward Mexico

NOAA's National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning in effect from Cabo Rojo to Barra El Mezquital, Mexico as Tropical Storm Dolly approaches the country’s eastern coast. Tropical storm conditions are expected within this area within the next 12 hours.






 
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