summer months of June, July, and August, light to moderate northerly and northwesterly
winds are the general rule at Mina Al-Zour (Mina Saud). However, occasional
strong northwest winds of force 6 or more Beaufort scale, are experienced, the
strength and duration being governed by the strength of the southwest monsoon
blowing outside the Arabian Gulf.
autumn and early winter months, fine weather is the general experience,
associated with the moderate northeast monsoon prevailing outside the Gulf.
Occasional “Shamals” (northwest winds) occur.
late winter period and spring, strong southeast winds with moderately heavy
seas are frequently experienced at Mina Al-Zour (Mina Saud). These are due to
the approach of low pressure systems from the Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea,
spreading eastwards across the Levant and Iraq.
violent local storms sometimes occur without warning, especially at change of
seasons. Mainly around April/May, these disturbances sometimes attain hurricane
force and are accompanied by erratic changes in wind direction and poor
visibility due to suspended sand.
Restricted Summer Outdoor work hours
Summer Outdoor work hours: As per the Kuwait Labour Law and Saudi Arabian
Chevron Policy, it is prohibited to work outdoor under direct sun between from
June 1 to August 31, as declared during the period by the Govt. as declared.
Masters are advised that no berthing, un-berthing, connection or disconnection
of hoses will take place during the above times and dates.
cycle at Mina Al-Zour (Mina Saud) is a combination of diurnal and semidiurnal
tides giving a higher high, lower high, higher low, and lower low waters during
a 24 hour period.
of the tide is an average of 2.4 m (8 feet) at springs and 1.5 m (5 feet) at
direction of the flood and ebb streams 330° and 150° is extremely variable
between the lower high water and higher low water period. An average direction during this period is
about 45°. Large variations in the direction of the ebb stream between HHW and
LLW are also observed, necessitating strict attention to moorings, hoses and
Mina Al-Zour (Mina Saud) are affected by meteorological conditions and may be
altered in height by up to plus or minus 0.6 m (2 feet), depending on the
duration and intensity of either SE or NW winds, respectively. Times of high
and low water may be considerably affected.
anomalies causing heights to differ from those predicted by up to 1 meter (3.3
feet) have been recorded. It is believed
that relatively stationary high pressure over the Arabian Gulf and low pressure
over the Arabian Sea can cause an outflow
through the Straits of Hormuz and so depress tide heights.
reversal of the pressure systems can cause an inflow through the straits and
accordingly increase tide heights.