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Port moves to Condition ORANGE


Port of Townsville has moved to Condition ORANGE as the Tropical Low off the North Queensland coast is expected to cause severe weather in the next 24 hours.


Commercial shipping operations at the Port finished this morning with all commercial vessels now departed and floating plant secured.


At this time, the Port landside operations remain open, although closure is anticipated at 10am tomorrow, Thursday 25 January 2024, pending changes to weather conditions.


Condition ORANGE preparations include:

  • Completing removal of cargo, equipment and marine pollutants from any area that may be impacted by tidal surge or floods

  • Completing tie-down or removal of all loose equipment and plant.

  • Isolating part of the potable water and fire water services

  • Directing non-operational staff to leave the Port

  • Maintaining contact with Maritime Safety Queensland, Port tenants and users to minimise impact; and

  • Reviewing resourcing plans for the coming days, particularly with respect to the recovery period.


Port of Townsville General Manager Customer, Operations and Safety, Drew Penny said Port staff are continuing to work closely with the Bureau of Meteorology, Maritime Safety Queensland and the Townsville Local Disaster Management Group as the weather system approaches.


“Our team has worked tirelessly in coordination with Port tenants and users over the past few days to prepare the Port for the severe winds and heavy rains expected as the Tropical Low approaches the coast.


“We are continuing to do all we can to minimise damage to critical port infrastructure over the coming days and to ensure we are ready to resume shipping as soon as Maritime Safety Queensland determines it is safe to do so.”

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