DoT ports in Pilbara prepare as storm approaches
News for the Department of Transport
The Department of Transport (DoT) has acted to ensure the safety of vessels at a number of Pilbara ports under its control as a tropical low develops off the coast.
DoT Marine Safety General Manager Ray Buchholz said vessels at Port Walcott, Cape Preston, Barrow Island and Varanus Island had been told to implement their cyclone contingency plans and move to their dedicated cyclone mooring or pen.
"Vessels without these arrangements have been instructed to leave port waters and while the ports are not closed, vessels are not being given access port waters," Mr Buchholz said.
"These actions have been undertaken in close consultation with port operators and DoT continues to work to minimise the impact of the severe weather over the coming days."
Mr Buchholz said weather forecasts would be monitored and once conditions improved vessels would be allowed to enter port waters again.
He said operators could contact the DoT Harbour Master to discuss any safety or operational concerns.
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