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PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 31 March 201903/31/2019 Normal
HSC /// Update from today's PCT call03/31/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/31/2019 Normal
HSC Update from today's PCT call03/30/2019 Normal
USCG UPDATE TO CLOSURE ON THE HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL03/30/2019 Normal
PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 30 March 201903/30/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/30/2019 Normal
HSC // CLOSURE ON THE UPPER HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL03/29/2019 Normal
FW: ExxonMobil Baytown Drafts Update Effective March 29, 201903/29/2019 High
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/29/2019 Normal
HSC // Update from today's PCT call 29th March 03/29/2019 Normal
KMI FW: Vessel/Barge Traffic Management03/29/2019 Normal
Fwd: PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 29 March 201903/29/2019 Normal
HSC Update // HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL CLOSURE03/28/2019 Normal
FW: PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 28 March 201903/28/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/28/2019 Normal
FW: WGMA Daily Industry Update Report03/28/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/27/2019 Normal
PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 27 March 201903/27/2019 Normal
HSC Update / Update from today's PCT call03/26/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/26/2019 Normal
FW: PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 26 March 201903/26/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update 03/26/2019 High
HSC Update from USCG VTS Watch Supervisor 03/26/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel - update for inbound ships 03/25/2019 High
Houston Ship Channel Update 3.25.19/2:22 PM from USCG/VTS03/25/2019 Normal
HSC Update // Update from today's PCT call03/25/2019 Normal
RE: Houston Ship Channel Update for Ship Traffic 03/25/2019 Normal
HSC PCT Minutes Update 03/25/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update for Ship Traffic 03/25/2019 High
HSC Update 03/25/2019 Normal
Houston Pilots Update 03/25/2019 High
PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 25 March 201903/25/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/25/2019 Normal
HSC // Update from today's PCT call03/25/2019 Normal
HSC Update from today's PCT call03/24/2019 Normal
RE: PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 24 March 201903/24/2019 Normal
FW: PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 24 March 201903/24/2019 High
RE: PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 24 March 201903/24/2019 High
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/24/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/24/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/23/2019 Normal
FW: PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 22 March 201903/23/2019 High
Fwd: HOUSTON CHANNEL STATUS03/23/2019 Normal
Fwd: PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 22 March 201903/22/2019 Normal
HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL CLOSED, TUCKER'S BAYOU TO HSC LT 11603/22/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel 03/22/2019 Normal
HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL CLOSED, TUCKER'S BAYOU TO HSC LT 11603/22/2019 Normal
USCG MSIB 03/22/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/22/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/21/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/20/2019 Normal
GalTex Pilots revise drafts for Texas City03/19/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/19/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/18/2019 Normal
Fire at ITC Deer Park03/17/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/17/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/16/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/15/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update03/14/2019 Normal
Galveston/Texas City Channel Update03/14/2019 Normal
Galveston/Texas City Channel Update03/14/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/14/2019 Normal
Houston ship channel closed at 1942 on 03/13/2019 due to weather03/13/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update 03/13/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update 03/13/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/13/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel opened to all traffic 0810/13 March 2019 03/13/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update 03/12/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update 03/12/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/12/2019 Normal
Galveston/Texas City Channel Update03/12/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update Corrected 03/11/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update03/11/2019 Normal
Galveston/Texas City Channel Update03/11/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update03/11/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update03/11/2019 Normal
Galveston/Texas City Channel Update03/11/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update03/11/2019 Normal
FW: Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/11/2019 Normal
Galveston/Texas City Channel Update03/11/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/11/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update 03/10/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update 03/10/2019 Normal
Galveston/Texas City Channel Update03/10/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update 03/10/2019 Normal
Galveston/Texas City Channel Update03/10/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/10/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update 03/09/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update 03/09/2019 Normal
Galveston/Texas City Channel Update03/09/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/09/2019 Normal
Central Daylight Savings Time begins 0200/10th March Reminder03/09/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update 03/08/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update 03/08/2019 Normal
HSC OPEN ALL TRAFFIC 3/8/19 @ 152003/08/2019 Normal
Central Daylight Savings Time begins 0200/10th March 03/08/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update 03/08/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/08/2019 Normal
Houston ship channel is open both ways at 0245 on 03/08/201903/08/2019 Normal
The Houston ship channel is open to sailings only at 2200 on 03/07/201903/07/2019 Normal
Galveston/Texas City Channel Update03/07/2019 Normal
HSC CLOSED ALL TRAFFIC 3/7/19 @1500.03/07/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update03/07/2019 Normal
HSC CLOSED INBOUND TRAFFIC FOG 3/7/19 @ 1010.03/07/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Weather Update // Weekend weather outlook03/07/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/07/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/06/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/05/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/04/2019 Normal
Galveston/Texas City Channel Update03/03/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update03/03/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update03/03/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/03/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel closed to all traffic 1300/02 March due to fog 03/02/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update03/02/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/02/2019 Normal
Galveston/Texas City Channel Update03/02/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel closed 1812/01 March due to fog 03/01/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update03/01/2019 Normal
Houston Ship Channel Update03/01/2019 Normal
Houston, Galveston, Texas City, & Freeport, TX - Daily Port Update 03/01/2019 Normal

 Daily Port Update

Subject:FW: PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 22 March 2019
Date:Saturday, March 23, 2019
Priority:High
Notice:

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<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#1F497D">Best Regards,

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#1F497D">James A. Brenek

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:#1F497D">281-932-2026

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From:<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif"> West Gulf Maritime Association [mailto:naalund@wgma.org]
Sent: Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:45 AM
To: James A. Brenek <jbrenek@moranshipping.com>
Subject: PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 22 March 2019

 

WGMA Houston Ship Channel Update <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

Saturday<span-size:13.5pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:red">, March 23, 2019<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

 

PCT Call #2<span-size:18.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:white">

 

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">The Sector Houston-Galveston Vessel Traffic Service held a Port Coordination Team (PCT) conference call today at 1000 hours in order to address ongoing traffic concerns due to a chemical spill from ITC in Deer Park. Your WGMA Maritime Affairs team participated on the call and has the following report for our membership:<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">The US Coast Guard Sector Waterways Management office issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB 05-19)<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090"> calling for all vessels on the Houston Ship Channel from Cargill Facility east to Cemex USA, that is Houston Ship Channel Light 139 to Light 129, to cease all cargo operations due to high levels of benzene detected in the area. <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">The Houston Ship Channel remains closed to all traffic within the area named above. <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

Vessel Traffic Service<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090"> (VTS)advised that there is now a USCG Gulf Strike Team on the scene working under the Unified Command and the Incident Command Post. Not much is being done because benzene levels are high and spiking in places; Port Houston fireboats have detected as high as 25 ppm in the area directly around the site. <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> 

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">USCG has an air asset surveying the area from above. Booms are in place throughout, trying to contain the spill in the area. <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">Crews have evacuated many vessels located within the area. Any unmanned vessels must be reported to the VTS. Some ships within the area have also reported high levels of benzene entering the accommodations and evacuation is recommended.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black"> 

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">There was some discussion about tugs within the area being allowed to escape the area via Old River into the fleeting areas on the San Jacinto River. This discussion has been taken up off-line.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">Facilities and stakeholders outside the closure area are requested to keep a close eye on the water and report any signs of contamination seen to USCG VTS. Information is needed to build a picture as to the extent of the contamination. <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">Numerous parties on the call reported their concerns and priorities, but nothing much will happen with the situation until the benzene levels moderate. Several facilities are already in containment situations, and at least one is approaching a shut-down.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">The Houston Pilots advised that there are 23 ships scheduled to move into the affected area, 20 ships awaiting departure, plus 1 shifting within the harbor. They are still moving traffic below the Lynchburg Ferry, however there is minimal traffic below the area at this time.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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12 harbor tugs<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090"> are trapped above the spill area, with 8 tugs available below the area. One tug has been moved up from the Texas City-Galveston area but this will need to be released back because a tug must be dispatched to Freeport tomorrow morning.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">The National Weather Service advised that the winds today should mainly be from the southeast at 5-10 mph, increasing to 10-15 mph this afternoon, with some gusts around 20 mph. Chances of rain are minimal, but isolated showers are possible, mainly in the afternoon; thunderstorms are unlikely. Tonight winds will be diminishing to around 5-10 mph mid-late evening. Sunday the winds will be from the south at 5-10 mph in the morning, increasing to 10-15 mph. Isolated showers are possible. Patchy sea fog is expected Sunday night. Tides will be normal throughout the weekend. <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">The USCBP Watch Commander advised that any agents wanting to evacuate ships crew must coordinate this activity through the Houston Seaport office. They are standing by to accommodate any such needs.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">Agents are reminded to keep the eNOA/D’s updated for their vessels, and to keep the pilots closely advised about when their ships are ready to transit, whether sailing, shifting or docking.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">As this situation will not be cleared soon, there will be another PCT conference call held tomorrow at 1000 hours. Your WGMA Maritime Affairs team will participate on tomorrow's call and report to our membership. Any important updates or new MSIBs in the meantime will be reported as they are received. <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

 

 

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