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Bunkering resumes in Hong Kong, but anchorage deliveries problematic

Treacherous weather conditions making deliveries at anchorage difficult.





Updated on 13 Jun 2017 08:57 GMT

Bunkering has resumed in Hong Kong after Storm Signal 3 was cancelled at 11:10 a.m. local time as Tropical Storm Merbok weakened into a tropical depression.

Merbok is forecast to move north-northeast at about 10 knots for the next 24 hours. Maximum winds near the centre were estimated to be 30 knots at 12:30 p.m.

Despite Storm Signal 3 being cancelled, local players have informed Bunker Index that they are still experiencing difficulties.

Whilst bunker deliveries at berth have already been carried out at the Asian port since bunkering resumed, supplying by barge at anchorage is currently proving to be a more hazardous task due to the "very rough" and "windy" conditions.

One local supplier told Bunker Index at around 4.30 p.m local time that the company was yet to carry out a delivery at anchorage, but would be looking to make a decision about whether they would be able to "in one hour".

Hong Kong had been placed under Storm Signal 8 - its third-highest storm signal - between 5.20 p.m on Monday and 4:40 a.m on Tuesday. It was then downgraded to Storm Signal 3 until 11.10 a.m.

The port also had a thunderstorm warning in place since 11.10 p.m on Monday, before it was lifted at 4.30 p.m. today.

Below is a summary of Hong Kong's tropical cyclone warning signals.

Signal Number 1
Signal Name - Stand-by
Remarks - A tropical cyclone is centred within 800 kilometres of Hong Kong and may later affect the territory, or there are strong winds in Hong Kong waters.

Signal Number 3
Signal Name - Strong winds
Sustained Wind Speed (km/hr, (mph, Beaufort scale)) - 41 - 62 (26-37, Beaufort Force 6-7)
Remarks - Strong winds are expected or blowing generally in Hong Kong near the sea level, and the wind condition is expected to persist.

Signal Number 8 NE
Signal Name - Gale or storm force winds
Sustained Wind Speed (km/hr, (mph, Beaufort scale)) - 63 - 117 (38-73, Beaufort Force 8-11)
Remarks - Gale or storm force winds are expected or blowing generally in Hong Kong near the sea level from the NE quadrant, and the wind condition is expected to persist.

Signal Number 8 NW
Signal Name - Gale or storm force winds
Sustained Wind Speed (km/hr, (mph, Beaufort scale)) - 63 - 117 (38-73, Beaufort Force 8-11)
Remarks - Gale or storm force winds are expected or blowing generally in Hong Kong near the sea level from the NW quadrant, and the wind condition is expected to persist.

Signal Number 8 SE
Signal Name - Gale or storm force winds
Sustained Wind Speed (km/hr, (mph, Beaufort scale)) - 63 - 117 (38-73, Beaufort Force 8-11)
Remarks - Gale or storm force winds are expected or blowing generally in Hong Kong near the sea level from the SE quadrant, and the wind condition is expected to persist.

Signal Number 8 SW
Signal Name - Gale or storm force winds
Sustained Wind Speed (km/hr, (mph, Beaufort scale)) - 63 - 117 (38-73, Beaufort Force 8-11)
Remarks - Gale or storm force winds are expected or blowing generally in Hong Kong near the sea level from the SW quadrant, and the wind condition is expected to persist.

Signal Number 9
Signal Name - Increasing gale or storm force winds
Sustained Wind Speed (km/hr, (mph, Beaufort scale)) - 88 - 117, increasing (55-73, Beaufort Force 10-11)
Remarks - Gale or storm force winds are increasing.

Signal Number 10
Signal Name - Typhoon
Sustained Wind Speed (km/hr, (mph, Beaufort scale)) - >118 (74+, Beaufort Force 12)
Remarks - Hurricane force winds. Eye of typhoon may be passing directly over Hong Kong.






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