Dampier Port Shuts as Cyclone Olwyn Nears Australian Coast

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By Phoebe Sedgman (Bloomberg) -- Two ports in Western Australia closed as a strengthening tropical cyclone approached the coast. The system isn’t affecting Port Hedland, the biggest-bulk export terminal that handles iron ore from the world’s top exporter. The port of Dampier, used by Rio Tinto Group, closed at 10 a.m. local time on Thursday, the Pilbara Ports Authority … [Read more...]

Chesapeake Bay Frozen

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"The ice in the northern parts of the Chesapeake is up to a foot thick in some places," commented Mike Reagoso, Vice President of McAllister Towing's Mid-Atlantic Operations. Record-breaking cold combined with steady wind has frozen over huge swaths of Chesapeake Bay complicating maritime operations. At the Annapolis Maritime Society happy hour event last night a Maryland … [Read more...]

El Nino Odds High As Pacific Ocean Warms

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By Phoebe Sedgman (Bloomberg) - An El Nino weather pattern, which can parch parts of Australia and Asia while bringing rains to South America, will probably develop in the next few months as the Pacific Ocean warms, Australia’s Bureau of Meteorology says. The chances of El Nino developing during the southern hemisphere winter are more than 70 percent, the bureau said on its … [Read more...]

Maersk Ship Loses 520 Containers in Storm

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The containership Svendborg Maersk faced particularly nasty weather last week as she sailed through the Bay of Biscay on her way to Colombo, Sri Lanka resulting in disastrous consequences. Limping into the port of Malaga, Spain on Monday, Maersk Line has now reported that 520 containers had been lost from the deck of the ship, more than just the few hundred originally feared … [Read more...]

Australia’s Iron Ore Ports Prepare As Cyclone Christine Nears

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By Morag MacKinnon PERTH, Australia, Dec 28 (Reuters) - Ports in Australia's Pilbara region, through which almost half of the world's seaborne iron ore is shipped, were sending ships out to sea on Saturday ahead of a tropical cyclone that is forecast to reach the coast by Tuesday. The last of more than 40 vessels in the anchorages and harbour at Port Hedland are expected … [Read more...]

Cyclone Brewing Off Australia Heads For Iron Ore Ports

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SYDNEY, Dec 27 (Reuters) - A cyclone brewing off of western Australia could disrupt shipments from three of the world's largest iron ore ports by early next week, data from the Australian Bureau of Meteorology issued on Friday showed. A tropical low in the Indian Ocean was on a southwesterly trajectory and forecast to reach Category 3 strength - meaning wind gusts up to 224 … [Read more...]