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Service Announcement | Torrential rain and damaging winds hit Sydney and NSW coast | November 2018

Posted on 28 November 2018

Please be advised Sydney and the NSW coast is being pummelled by heavy rain this morning, causing massive delays on the road, at the airport and ports. 

Weather Situation

A low pressure system over central New South Wales is tracking southeast, with winds over Sydney Waters tending east to northeasterly in response. This low is expected to intensify this morning as it reaches central parts of the New South Wales coast, bringing heavy rainfall about Sydney and strong to gale force winds. South to southwesterly winds will gradually ease during Thursday and Friday as low moves east further away from the coast.

Road Transport

This severe weather will impact traffic across Sydney causing disruption to the timeliness of our pickup and delivery service.

Our branches are open and will be making every effort to minimise the impact on your deliveries. Our drivers are on the roads and making deliveries where it is safe to do so but traffic is slow and delays may be unavoidable.

Air Transport 

All tarmac operations were briefly ceased at Sydney Airport due to close lightning. Flights are now continuing but Sydney airport will be operating only one runway throughout the day, resulting in delays.

Wharf operations

Turnaround times at Sydney terminals are extremely delayed this morning and we could see a stop work if dangerous conditions continue. At this stage, both DP WORLD and Patricks have advised as per below that work may cease

  • Severe weather is providing challenges for all of Sydney but we are persevering.
  • The electrical storm halted vessel ops briefly this morning, and the Harbour Master has ordered storm lines out at all berths from midday. This will halt vessel ops until this order is rescinded. No new vessels will be opened for export until this interruption is resolved, and there will be changes to some import availabilities due to the impacts to the shipping schedule.
  • Please continue to monitor 1-Stop notifications and Vessel Schedule for updates as this situation develops.
  • We are hoping weather conditions will not interrupt road or rail operations, but we will continue to monitor the conditions.

Latest Customer Update addressing the Vessel Ops and these events can be found here.

We appreciate your understanding and patience during this time and please be assured our team are focused on delivering the best possible service that the circumstances allow.

For further information please contact your local branch who will be happy to assist.