Over the past several weeks, both the Gulf of Carpentaria and the Torres Strait have experienced unprecedented severe monsoonal weather activity.
This week, gale force winds enroute to Weipa delayed the arrival of our line haul vessel, M.V. Trinity Bay, and continued to impact on port operations, stopping crane operations on several occasions. This further delayed the vessel’s departure. Unfortunately, these conditions have resulted in shipping schedules falling behind by 48 hours.
The community of Aurukun did not receive a service as scheduled on Saturday 2 February. Aurukun cargo was transhipped to Weipa via M.V. Trinity Bay to connect with air charter flights that had been pre-arranged to fly essential supplies into the community on Tuesday 5 February.
Last week, services to the Torres Strait were equally impacted, with Masig (Yorke) Island not receiving a weekly service as scheduled on Wednesday 30 January. All other Outer Torres Strait Islands, Thursday Island, Horn Island, and Bamaga received their normal delivery.
Masig (Yorke) Island will receive their backlog of non-essential dry cargo this week which was unable to be delivered last week.
Forecast shipping schedules for all ports from Friday 8 February to Monday 25 February are now available:
The forecast shipping schedules highlight where services to communities may be delayed during this recovery period. Sea Swift expects that all delivery services will be back to normal on the week commencing Sunday 24 February.
Sea Swift’s decision to either delay or cancel services is never made lightly, however we must at all times ensure the safety of our vessel crew. The preservation of cargo, our vessels, and the environment in which we ply our trade is also a priority.
We will continue to monitor weather conditions during this recovery period, and if services are likely to be impacted upon our customer service, we will be in contact to advise the next course of action.
We thank you for your cooperation, patience, and support during this challenging period.