January 28 - Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has advised that adverse weather conditions are causing port disruptions, closures and evacuations in North Queensland, Australia.

A monsoon currently lies over the north of the Coral Sea, but is expected to strengthen as it moves toward the coast, and forecasts predict that there is a high probability it will develop into a cyclone later this week.

The ports of Townsville and Mackay are already closed, with berthing likely to be restricted or denied in Abbott Point and Rockhampton. Many ships are waiting at anchor, including 26 vessels outside of Mackay.

The ports of Brisbane and Gladstone are currently open, but all vessel movements are being assessed on a case-by-case basis.

More detailed information and updates can be found here.