KUWAIT PORTS SUSPEND OPERATIONS DUE TO BAD WEATHER

KUWAIT, June 9 – The Kuwait Ports Authority, KPA, has announced that navigation has been suspended at the Shuwaikh, Shuaiba and Doha Ports, due to bad weather, fast wind and dust.

Head of the guides department at Shuwaikh Jassem Al-Mutairi told Kuwaiti News Agency, KUNA, that work has temporarily come to a halt at the port.

“Visibility was below 2 nautical miles and wind speed reached 32-34 knots. The decision observes security and safety reasons,” he said.

According to the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) Law, navigation has to stop, when visibility falls to less than 3 nautical miles, Al-Mutairi said.

At the Shuaiba port, visibility is less than a nautical mile and wind speed is 25-30 knots, according to Acting Deputy Director of Navigation Operations, Captain Shuaib Al-Ali.

At the moment, three vessels are waiting to enter the port, and another two ready to leave, as soon as the weather gets better, he added.

SOURCE: KUNA