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Chile Earthquake - Ports Status

Maritime Activity Reports, Inc.

September 19, 2015

 

Chile's government has declared a state of emergency in the central region struck by Wednesday's earthquake, the biggest to hit the country since 2010 and the most powerful in the world this year.

The 8.3-magnitude tremor struck off the coast of Coquimbo, 46km west of Illapel, at 19:54 local time (22:54 GMT) on Wednesday evening.

Tsunami waves hit the coast at Coquimbo and further out from the epicentre, with waves half a metre higher than usual as far north as La Punta. Small tsunamis were also reported along the west coast of the USA and Canada, as far away as Alaska.

A powerful aftershock estimated to be close to 8 on the Richter scale shook the central part of Chile yesterday afternoon (17 September). All ships were again ordered to leave port ahead of a possible tsunami.

All terminals remain closed until the authorities evaluate the situation. Currently, only pilots’ embarkation and STS lightering are permitted at Quintero.

Following is the status of Chilean ports after the earthquake:    
   
Arica: Closed due to bad weather conditions.

Patache: Open and working under normal conditions.

Iquique: Open and working under normal conditions.

Mejillones Bay: Open and working under normal conditions.

Antofagasta: Under strike since August 31.

Tocopilla: Open and working under normal conditions.

Huasco: Open and working under normal conditions.

Chañaral: Open and working under normal conditions.

Caldera: Open and working under normal conditions.

Coquimbo & Guayacan: TPC declared inoperative by Maritime Authority while structure evaluations take place, due to the Earthquake suffered on September 16.

Los Vilos: Open and working under normal conditions.

Quintero: Open and working under normal conditions

Valparaiso: Open and working under normal conditions

San Antonio: Open and working under normal conditions.

Talcahuano: Open and working under normal conditions.

San Vicente: Open and working under normal conditions.

Coronel: Open and working under normal conditions

Lirquen: Open and working under normal conditions.

Corral: Open and working under normal conditions.

Puerto Montt: Open and working under normal conditions.

Calbuco: Open and working under normal conditions.

Puerto Chacabuco: Open and working under normal conditions.

Punta Arenas: Open and working under normal conditions

(For information about operations in Chile, and elsewhere in the Americas, contact the GAC Houston Hub Agency Center at [email protected])

Source: Ultramar Agencia Chile - GAC agent
 

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