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Kuwait halts sea navigation due to bad weather

Navigation stopped at the Al-Shuwaikh, Al-Shuaiba and Al-Doha ports for safety reasons due to lack of horizontal visibility

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Kuwait halted maritime traffic in its three sea ports due to deteriorating weather conditions on Monday, the Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) reported.

Navigation stopped at the Al-Shuwaikh, Al-Shuaiba and Al-Doha ports for safety reasons due to lack of horizontal visibility and after wind speed had reached 37 nautical knots, Director of Sea Operations at Al-Shuwaikh Port Captain Marzoug Al-Qahtani said

International Maritime Organization (IMO) rules stipulate that authorities must halt navigation when visibility drops to lower than three nautical miles.

Wind speed at the harbor went beyond 25 nautical knots while visibility dropped to less than one nautical mile, delaying five ships from sailing and barring three from entering the harbor in addition to keeping one in the waiting zone, Deputy chief of Marine operations at Al-Suaiba Port Captain Shuaib Al-Ali told KUNA