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SubjectDatePriority
GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/31/2023 Normal
0702/31-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC 01/31/2023 Normal
31-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC 01/31/2023 Normal
RE: GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/30/2023 Normal
30-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - OPEN TO ALL TRAFFIC 01/30/2023 Normal
0900/29-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - OPEN TO ALL TRAFFIC AT 0850/29TH01/29/2023 Normal
29-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - CLOSED TO INBOUND TRAFFIC AT 0815/29TH01/29/2023 Normal
GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/27/2023 Normal
GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/26/2023 Normal
FW: ExxonMobil Baytown Drafts Update Effective January 16, 2023 #5 Dock Berth #5 Only01/26/2023 Normal
GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/25/2023 Normal
0742/25-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update01/25/2023 Normal
1412/24-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update01/24/2023 Normal
GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/24/2023 Normal
24-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update01/24/2023 Normal
GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/23/2023 Normal
22-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update01/22/2023 Normal
21-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update01/21/2023 Normal
GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/20/2023 Normal
20-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update01/20/2023 Normal
19-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update01/19/2023 Normal
GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/18/2023 Normal
1125/18-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL OPEN TO ALL TRAFFIC01/18/2023 Normal
18-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL OPENED TO OUTBOUND TRAFFIC ONLY (CORRECTION)01/18/2023 Normal
18-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC01/18/2023 Normal
18-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL OPENED TO OUTBOUND TRAFFIC ONLY01/18/2023 Normal
2200/17-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL OPEN TO OUTBOUND TRAFFIC ONLY01/17/2023 Normal
Channel Closure01/17/2023 Normal
1312/17-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL OPEN TO OUTBOUND TRAFFIC ONLY01/17/2023 Normal
GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/17/2023 Normal
17-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC DUE TO FOG01/17/2023 Normal
GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/16/2023 Normal
FW: ExxonMobil Baytown Drafts Update Effective January 16, 2023 #5 Dock Berth #6 Only01/16/2023 Normal
16-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update 01/16/2023 Normal
GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/13/2023 Normal
13-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update 01/13/2023 Normal
GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/12/2023 Normal
12-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update 01/12/2023 Normal
11-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - CHANNEL OPEN TO ALL TRAFFIC01/11/2023 Normal
RE: 10-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - CHANNEL OPEN TO ALL TRAFFIC01/10/2023 Normal
GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/10/2023 Normal
10-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - CHANNEL OPEN TO ALL TRAFFIC01/10/2023 Normal
10-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - CHANNEL CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC01/10/2023 Normal
GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/09/2023 Normal
09-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update 01/09/2023 Normal
06-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update 01/06/2023 Normal
GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/04/2023 Normal
GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE 01/03/2023 Normal
0745/03-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL OPEN TO ALL TRAFFIC01/03/2023 Normal
1834/02-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL OPEN TO INBOUND / CLOSED TO OUTBOUND TRAFFIC01/02/2023 Normal
1130/02-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL OPEN TO INBOUND / CLOSED TO OUTBOUND TRAFFIC01/02/2023 Normal
02-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC01/02/2023 Normal
1750/01-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC01/01/2023 Normal
1438/01-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL OPEN TO OUTBOUND TRAFFIC ONLY01/01/2023 Normal
01-JANUARY-2023 - Houston - Daily Port Update - HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL CLOSED TO ALL TRAFFIC01/01/2023 Normal

 Daily Port Update

Subject:GALVESTON / TEXAS CITY / FREEPORT DAILY UPDATE
Date:Monday, January 23, 2023
Priority:Normal
Notice:

Moran Shipping Agencies Daily Update for Galveston/Texas City and Freeport

 

With the winter season approaching, Houston Pilots would like to remind ship and terminal operators that the current maximum drafts permitted in the channel and alongside docks are contingent upon a minimum of a zero tide MLLW. As cold fronts push through Houston and water levels drop below zero, maximum allowable drafts will be limited accordingly. Prudent ship and terminal operators may wish to consider a 1’-2’ cushion to avoid delays due to low water. A good tool to consult for assessing front passage on water levels is the NWS PETSS model: <span&show=1-1-0-1-1-1-1-1 or <span&show=1-1-0-1-1-1-1-1

 

Terminal Operators should also consider the impacts of possible protracted fog closures in the months ahead.

 

 

Galveston/Texas City Port Information

 

Current Status: OPEN

Galveston pilot restrictions:

Vessels must commence at least (2) hours before sunset, and not before sunrise.

Galveston Bar to ports of Galveston County:

Vessels over 120,000 DWT (Daylight hours only) for arrivals and sailings, but may be shifted or turned at night within Galveston or Texas City May sail from Bolivar Roads at night A second pilot is required Vessels with draft over 40 feet Daylight hours only Vessels with LOA of 860 feet or more a second pilot is required

Galveston Bar to Bolivar Roads:

LNG tankers shall be daylight only coming into Bolivar Roads. They may sail from Bolivar Roads at night.

Galveston Bar to Port of Texas City:

The maximum length limit of any vessel handled in the Texas City main basin shall be 1,000 feet. Ships, seagoing barges, and other large vessels are restricted from passing each other in the Texas City Channel or the Carbide Canal. Vessel coming out of Houston has priority over vessel leaving Texas City at the same time.

Galveston pilots:

http://galvestonpilots.com/

Coast Guard:

In the below tab, you will find current MARSEC levels, port status, and MSIB updates. https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/houston-galveston

Weather report:

Tide Report:

https://marineweather.net/tide/galveston-bay-entrance-south-jetty-tx-tides

Port Galveston Report:

https://marineweather.net/coastal/galveston-bay-coastal-forecast https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/data/Forecasts/FZUS54.KHGX.html

Galveston Offshore Lightering area:

https://marineweather.net/offshore/nw-gulf-including-stetson-bank-offshore-forecast https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/data/Forecasts/FZUS54.KHGX.html

Draft Information:

For current draft information, please contact local Moran agent.

281-534-2501 (24 Hours) Gal@MoranShipping.com

2022 Port Galveston Closures:

Please note that closure updates are prone to change, and will be updated upon notification of closures.

November 2022

0500/07 Channel closed due to fog

April 2022

0200/06 Channel closed due to fog 0700/06 Channel open 1800/12 Channel closed due to weather 0515/13 Channel open

March 2022

0300/06 Channel closed due to fog 1230/06 Channel open 0600/07 Channel closed due to fog 0815/07 Channel open 0200/22 Channel closed due to weather 0830/22 Channel open 0225/31 Channel closed due to a search & rescue operation by USCG 0700/31 Channel open

February 2022

1910/01 Channel closed due to fog 2045/01 Channel open 0320/02 Channel closed due to fog 0330/03 Channel open 1915/17 Channel closed due to high winds 0600/18 Channel open 0130/21 Channel closed due to fog 0430/21 Channel open 2000/21 Channel closed due to fog 0300/22 Channel open 1800/22 Channel closed due to fog 0700/23 Channel open

 

 

Freeport Port Information:

 

Current Status: OPEN

 

Brazos Pilot Restrictions:

Port restrictions in freeport are based on zones within the port. For port restrictions, please click on the link below to find the current restrictions set by pilots for the zone you are inquiring about.https://brazospilots.com/basic-operating-procedures/

Brazos Pilots:

https://brazospilots.com/

Coast Guard:

In the below tab, you will find current MARSEC levels, port status, and MSIB updates.https://homeport.uscg.mil/port-directory/houston-galveston#

Weather Report:

Tide Report:

https://marineweather.net/tide/freeport-harbor-tx-tides

Port Freeport Report:

https://marineweather.net/coastal/high-island-to-freeport-tx-20-60-nm-coastal-forecast https://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/data/Forecasts/FZUS54.KHGX.html

Draft Information:

For current draft information, please contact local Moran agent.

281-534-2501 (24 Hours) Gal@MoranShipping.com

2022 Port Freeport Closures:

Please note that closure updates are prone to change, and will be updated upon notification of closures.

 

May 2022

1000/24 channel closed due to weather 0800/23 suspended traffic due to high wind

April 2022

Ø  0010/05 Channel closed due to fog

Ø  0800/05 Channel open

Ø  1817/05 Channel closed due to fog

Ø  0811/06 Channel open

Ø  0001/11 Channel closed due to high winds

Ø  0700/11 Channel open

Ø  1115/12 Channel closed due to high winds

Ø  1600/12 Channel open

Ø  1800/12 Channel closed due to high winds

Ø  0700/13 Channel open

Ø  0130/26 Channel closed due to high winds

Ø  0630/26 Channel open

March 2022

Ø  0501/06 Channel close due to fog

Ø  1100/06 Channel open

Ø  1805/11 Channel closed due to high winds

Ø  0700/12 Channel open

Ø  1200/21 Channel closed due to high winds

Ø  1600/21 Channel open

Ø  1850/21 Channel closed due to rough conditions and high winds

Ø  0907/22 Channel open

Ø  1133/22 Channel closed to inbound traffic due to weather

Ø  1730/22 Channel closed to all traffic due to weather

Ø  2300/22 Channel open

Ø  0030/23 Channel closed due to high winds

Ø  0115/23 Channel open

Ø  1100 /30 Channel closed due to high winds

Ø  1300/30 Channel open

February 2022

Ø  0700/01 Channel open

Ø  0435/02 Channel closed due to fog

Ø  0215/03 Channel open

Ø  1815/17 Channel closed due to high winds

Ø  0600/18 Channel open

Ø  2125/20 Channel closed due to fog

Ø  0800/21 Channel open

Ø  2120/21 Channel closed due to fog

Ø  0715/22 Channel open

Ø  2115/22 Channel closed due to fog

Ø  0022/23 Channel open

January 2022

Ø  0714/06 Channel closed due to fog

Ø  1000/06 Channel open

Ø  1130/15 Channel closed due to high winds

Ø  1930/15 Channel open

Ø  2115/31 Channel closed due to weather

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Notice posted on Monday, January 23, 2023

Disclaimer
For quality assurance purposes please note well that while the above information is regularly vetted for accuracy it is not intended to replace the local knowledge or expertise pertaining to port conditions of our marine operations personnel. Port précis should always be verified by contacting the corresponding marine department of a particular location for the most up- information.