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SubjectDatePriority
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:HSC // Update from today's PCT call
Date:Monday, March 25, 2019
Priority:Normal
Notice:

Following update from Mr. James Prazak // minutes/updates from PCT Houston

From: James Prazak <PrazakJ@triconenergy.com>
Sent: Sunday, March 24, 2019 9:36 PM
Subject: RE: Update from today's PCT call

Another update from VTS:

VTS Houston/Galveston plans to accept two way traffic into and out of the San Jacinto River between 0900 and 1200, Monday, 25 March. Traffic should not arrive at the mouth of the San Jacinto prior to 0900 or after 1200.  Self-assessment urged prior to getting underway. Vessels departing the San Jacinto will be inspected for hull contamination prior to departure of the San Jacinto below the boom. Early sail plan submission and subsequent check-in on 21a encouraged.

Next call is at 10 am tomorrow, so please have your needs to me by 9 am.  If you have previously provided me with a need, please provide any additional supportive info that you can, also limiting the number of vessels you request to only your top priorities and providing those in order.  The best way to do that is to provide:

What is inside the closure needing to get outWhat is outside the closure needing to pass throughWhat is needing to move into the closureWhat you need at VopakWhat you need at ITC

While anything can change, as I look at things, I suspect we will first get to move vessels out of the closed area.  Sometime later, we may get to start some vessels passing through it.  Eventually, we may get to bring new vessels into the closed area.  Vopak, being so close to the incident, may take a bit longer before they can get back into business, and ITC may take longer.  This is totally my guess, but the more you can tell me, the better I can help you.  It also allows me to focus on the vessels that have the greatest chance of moving first, and I’ll already know what you need as other parts open up.  Again, it’s only my best guess – as things get sorted, I’ll pass more info on to you.  I am just trying to think ahead of things so that I can best help everyone.

Thanks,

JAMES PRAZAK
PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR

T: +1-713-496-3690
F: +1-713-979-9112
M: +1-979-230-6785

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From: James Prazak
Sent: Sunday, March 24, 2019 5:45 PM
Subject: Re: Update from today's PCT call

The USCG has issued the following:

HOUSTON TRAFFIC WILL ACCEPT CHECK-INS FROM TOW VESSELS IN THE SAN JACINTO RIVER FOR OUTBOUND TRANSITS ONLY FROM 1700 TO 1900, 24 MARCH 2019. TOWS WILL BE INSPECTED BY AN ONSCENE SMALL BOAT PRIOR TO DEPARTING THE SAN JACINTO RIVER. 

OUTBOUND SAN JACINTO RIVER TOWS SHOULD CHECK IN ON 05A AND MAINTAIN A LISTENING WATCH ON CHANNEL 21A.

THE UPPER HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL REMAINS CLOSED TO VESSEL TRAFFIC DUE TO SPILL RESPONSE FROM TUCKERS BAYOU TO HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL LIGHT 116.

Thanks,

James Prazak

Tricon Energy, LTD

+1-979-230-6785

Sent from my iPhone

From: James Prazak <prazakj@triconenergy.com>
Sent: Sunday, March 24, 2019 10:33 AM
Subject: RE: Update from today's PCT call

 

Latest updates:

·         NWS:  From their forecast today (attached), expecting South winds 5-10 mph in the morning increasing to around 10 mph with a few gusts around 15 mph beginning 1 to 2 pm. Isolated showers/sprinkles possible (20% chance).  Tonight, South winds around 5 mph becoming light and variable to calm after 1 am.  Patchy sea fog possible after 3 am Monday.  Weather Concerns for Monday/Tuesday include Patchy sea fog possible Monday morning.  Rain chances increasing along with a threat for isolated lightning Monday afternoon and evening. A cold front will move through the area late Monday afternoon or evening (3-6 pm, 30% chances of rain). Winds expected to turn northerly in the wake of the front and become gusty.  Fog will not be as widespread or intense as in the past as water temperatures are warming up.

·         USCG:  Do not expect to have any vessels moved into or out of the closed zone for the next 24 to 36 hours.  The focus will be moving vessels through the area and insuring that we do not pull the oil into other parts of the ship channel. 

·         Houston Pilots:  Still moving a few ships below Bosco and Exxon.  27 IB and 27 OB pending.  Will plan to bring in 1 small vessel today up to Enterprise, where it will be inspected by a decon team to insure they are not carrying the oil into the channel.  There are also some discussions to bring in some deeper boom to better hold the oil sheen back.  If this goes well, the hope is to start moving more vessels tomorrow.  They might also move some single towboats as well, possibly through San Jac. 

·         USCG:  Cargo operations remain ceased in the closed area.  They are continuing to monitor the benzene levels and once those get down to and remain at a safe level, they will allow operations to commence.  The additional issue is that any vessel within the zone has to be inspected and decontaminated if needed.  New vessels will not be able to move into and moor in the closed zone until there’s little chance of those vessels picking up contamination on their hulls.  The USCG is working on Decon locations for barges and tugs.  If anyone is seeing  oil outside of the closed area, please let your PCT rep know so that the info can be passed on to the USCG.

·         Tugs:  Oil is being found alongside some of the vessels moored in Carpenters Bayou.  Old River has some but not a lot.  San Jac looks to be OK.  There remain a number of vessels that have no crews onboard due to the potential for exposure.  Any vessel that has de-crewed needs to report this to their PCT rep so that this info can be passed along to the USCG. 

·         The Port of Galveston and Manchester noted availability as layby berths. 

·         Harbor Tugs;  7 tugs below the closed zone, but one going to Galveston.  One other vessel already on the way to Freeport.  12 tugs above the closed zone.

Next call at 10:00 on Monday.  We are being asked to better prioritize your needs.  The more info you provide, the better I can prioritize.  If one person provides the details and another does not, the one with the details will get listed as the higher priority.  The PCT is not here for normal business – our goal is to prioritize based on the urgency of the need to prevent cutbacks on rates and shutdowns.  I can only provide the top 2 or 3 priorities for our segment of the industry, so it does no good for one facility to give me a list of 5 vessels just for themselves.  It forces me to arbitrarily cut those back to only one or two if I’m not provided with the details. 

Thanks,  

JAMES PRAZAK
PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR

T: +1-713-496-3690
F: +1-713-979-9112
M: +1-979-230-6785

TRICON INTERNATIONAL LTD.
777 POST OAK BLVD SUITE 550

HOUSTON, TEXAS 77056

From: James Prazak
Sent: Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:34 AM
Subject: RE: Update from today's PCT call

Sorry, left one point out.  If you have CoC inspections needed on vessels, it is much better for those to be done at a dock.  Work with your vessel owners and agents to find layby berths where the vessels can berth for the inspection.  The Coast Guard will also look at doing those at the anchorages, but that takes a lot more time and at the moment, some of their resources are involved with the incident itself.

Thanks,

JAMES PRAZAK
PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR

T: +1-713-496-3690
F: +1-713-979-9112
M: +1-979-230-6785

TRICON INTERNATIONAL LTD.
777 POST OAK BLVD SUITE 550

HOUSTON, TEXAS 77056

From: James Prazak
Sent: Saturday, March 23, 2019 10:25 AM
Subject: Update from today's PCT call

Here is the update from today’s call.  Unfortunately, the news is not the best:

·         NWS: 

o    From their published forecast (also attached with further links embedded in the document):  Southeast winds increasing to 10-15 mph with some gusts around 20 mph. Isolated showers possible, mainly in the afternoon. Thunderstorms unlikely.  Tonight, southeast winds diminishing to around 5-10 mph mid-late evening.  Sunday, south winds 5-10mph in the morning increasing to 10-15mph. Isolated showers possible. Patchy sea fog Sunday night.  For Monday/Tuesday, rain chances increasing as cap erodes and threat for thunderstorms and lightning increases Monday afternoon and evening. A cold front will move through the area late Monday afternoon or evening. Winds turning to the north in the wake of the front and becoming gusty.

o    Call discussion:  Some patchy fog Sunday into Monday prior to the front passing.

·         USCG:  MSIB issued last night was reiterated.  Call this morning with Incident Command Post.  Benzene levels still high and spiking within the closed area (it was mentioned that there were readings of up to 25 ppm benzene found last night at one location, but now seeing closer to 4 ppm as of latest checks by a private resource).  An air asset is doing overflights to map out the sheen, and booms have been deployed at various locations.  There are some unmanned vessels in the area as some tugs have been evacuated (also, if you will be leaving vessels unmanned, please report those to the USCG so that they are aware that the vessels are unmanned).  Bosco is the last terminal available for receiving vessels at this point (last terminal just outside the closure area).  Not really expecting to be able to move anything through the closed area today, but hoping we are surprised.  Anyone finding odors or sheens that might be coming from the incident location outside of the closed area should report those to the USCG (if you need help in reporting that info, feel free to give me a call).

·         CBP:  If vessels

·         Houston Pilots:  Have 23 arrivals, 20 sailing and 1 shift job all affected by the closure.

·         Harbor Tugs:  8 tugs are below the closure to support ongoing moves.

·         USCG:  Area to be closed for the foreseeable future, but if that changes, they will let us know. 

Next call tomorrow at 10 am, so please have your updates on needs to me by 9 am tomorrow.  In particular, I need to know the tug name for any barge needs.  Also, if you can tell me when you will cut back rates (or if you already have) and when you might shut down (or if you already have), that helps me better set priorities.

Thanks,

JAMES PRAZAK
PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR

T: +1-713-496-3690
F: +1-713-979-9112
M: +1-979-230-6785

TRICON INTERNATIONAL LTD.
777 POST OAK BLVD SUITE 550

HOUSTON, TEXAS 77056

From: James Prazak
Sent: Saturday, March 23, 2019 9:38 AM
Subject: RE: USCG notice

A quick reminder – if you are providing info on needs regarding barges, I need to know the tug that will be pushing the barges.  It is the tug that checks in to VTS, so we need those details to be able to assist.

Thanks,

JAMES PRAZAK
PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR

T: +1-713-496-3690
F: +1-713-979-9112
M: +1-979-230-6785

TRICON INTERNATIONAL LTD.
777 POST OAK BLVD SUITE 550

HOUSTON, TEXAS 77056

From: James Prazak
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2019 11:36 PM
Subject: RE: USCG notice

Attached is the MSIB I noted in the PCT call earlier this evening. 

Also, there were several requests to the Coast Guard to consider conducting COC inspections at the anchorages so that there were fewer delays while vessels are at berth.  The Coast Guard will look for opportunities to do that, but felt it was going to be largely impossible this weekend due to short staffing (some of their staff is involved in the response activities).  We did ask that, assuming this incident goes longer than the weekend, that they look further into it for during the week.  If you have a vessel in a position to do this, please let me know the vessel name, its current location, and the type of inspection needed.  I will provide that to the USCG so that they can see if there might be an opportunity for doing the inspection.  It would naturally be better to inspect at the anchorages inside the jetties versus those farther offshore simply due to the time constraints on the inspectors, but that will be one of the things the Coast Guard looks at.

Thanks, 

JAMES PRAZAK
PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR

T: +1-713-496-3690
F: +1-713-979-9112
M: +1-979-230-6785

TRICON INTERNATIONAL LTD.
777 POST OAK BLVD SUITE 550

HOUSTON, TEXAS 77056

From: James Prazak
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2019 8:34 PM
Subject: Re: USCG notice

One more quick update, as I had missed some of the numbers from the Houston Pilots.  They have 16 out bounds above the closure, and 17 inbound ships for above the closure at this time.

Thanks,

James Prazak

Tricon Energy, Ltd

+1-979-230-6785

Sent from iPad

From: James Prazak <prazakj@triconenergy.com>
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2019 8:32 PM
Subject: Re: USCG notice

 

This call was more about providing an update to the situation and getting an idea on needs.  The USCG is working with the various parties to get the channel opened as quickly as possible, within the constraints of safety and such.  They are fully aware of the impact of the closure.

NWS: Expecting some fog this weekend before the next front passes on Monday.  

USCG: Dealing with failure of a containment system that has allowed products to get into the ship channel. Gulf Strike Team is enroute to the scene. New MSIB to be coming out. Exact wording was not out yet, but it will essentially direct all facilities from Texas Terminals going east towards the CEMEX docks to cease cargo operations until the response teams are able to confirm safe levels via air monitoring. Some vessels may be able to evacuate the area, but first have to ask permission from the USCG. More likely, vessel personnel will need to decide what is most appropriate for them to do, whether to shelter in place onboard or evacuate the vessel. Various locations are already boomed, and additional booms are to be installed in other locations. Expecting that the closure of the upper HSC will remain at least through mid-morning between Beacon 116 and Tucker’s Bayou, as they will not be able to assess the current situation on the channel until crews get out there in daylight tomorrow morning.  

Houston Pilots: 17 inbound ships affected by closure.  

Galveston, Texas City and Freeport are not really affected by 

Next call at 10:00 tomorrow morning.  Please send any special needs by 09:00.  Be sure to be very specific.  

Thanks,

James Prazak

Tricon Energy, Ltd

+1-979-230-6785

Sent from iPad

From: James Prazak <prazakj@triconenergy.com>
Sent: Friday, March 22, 2019 4:47 PM
Subject: Re: USCG notice

 

The Coast Guard has scheduled a PTC call at 20:00 this evening due to the ongoing issues related to the fire at ITC.  If you have any urgent needs, please get them to me by 19:00 this evening as per our normal process.

James Prazak

Tricon Energy, LTD

+1-979-230-6785

Sent from my iPhone

From: James Prazak <prazakj@triconenergy.com>
Sent: Thursday, March 21, 2019 10:24 PM
Subject: USCG notice

 

The USCG has asked that we forward the attached MSIB regarding the status of air and water monitoring.

Thanks,

JAMES PRAZAK
PERFORMANCE DIRECTOR

T: +1-713-496-3690
F: +1-713-979-9112
M: +1-979-230-6785

TRICON INTERNATIONAL LTD.
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HOUSTON, TEXAS 77056

Notice posted on Monday, March 25, 2019

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