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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:PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 25 March 2019
Date:Monday, March 25, 2019
Priority:Normal
Notice:

Following HSC Update from WGMA Houston

From: West Gulf Maritime Association <naalund@wgma.org>
Sent: Monday, March 25, 2019 10:54 AM
To: Bob Lain <blain@moranshipping.com>
Subject: PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 25 March 2019

 

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

Monday<span-size:13.5pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:red">, March 25, 2019<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

 

PCT Call #4<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. Once the benzene level readings have come down, they will amend the MSIB to allow cargo operations. The Houston Ship Channel remains closed to all traffic as of 1230 hours on March 22nd within the area named above.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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Limited Opening of Houston Ship Channel (Brown Water Traffic): March 24, via email 1854 hours<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090"> - 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 month 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. Respectfully, USCG Sector Houston-Galveston, Vessel Traffic Service, Telephone 281-464-4837.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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March 24, via email 1659 hours<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090"> – 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 on-scene small boat prior to departing the San Jacinto River. Outbound San Jacinto Rivers 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. Respectfully, USCG Sector Houston-Galveston, Vessel Traffic Service, Telephone 281-464-4837. MSIB 06-19

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Vessel Traffic Service<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090"> (VTS) advised the USCG Gulf Strike Team is still on the scene working under the Unified Command and the Incident Command Post. Booms are in place throughout the area, containing the spill. Skimmers have been working without ceasing, trying to remove as much of the oil/chemicals as they can. Some 90 boats are working the spill at this time, but there are some benzene hot spots still being located. <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">A small test ship transited through the spill area on Sunday and was checked for contamination after berthing. Limited ship movements, both inbound and outbound, are being scheduled this morning (Monday, but fog is delaying this somewhat) along with tows, and the vessels are being decontaminated as they complete movement through 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">Laden ships are limited by the single berth having 36’ available draft which is being used for decontamination. The sequence of sailing ships will be limited by this single berth plus the time required for decontamination. Any additional berths which may become available would certainly help alleviate this bottleneck for outbound vessels. A decontamination location for tow/barge traffic has not yet been determined.<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 preparations for limited re-opening of our waterway progress, PCT constituency representatives should prioritize vessels for: transits through affected area from seaward; transits through affected area from above Tuckers Bayou; transits from the affected portion of the Houston Ship Channel; transits from Carpenters Bayou; transits from The Old River. These separate lists might be of assistance in prioritizing the re-opening of the several affected reaches of our waterway – they will certainly be of assistance in prioritizing inspection and requisite decontamination initiatives. Individual agents and/or operators should provide vessel priorities to their respective PCT representatives as soon as possible in order to formulate prioritization transit plans, in conjunction with the Houston Pilots.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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Additional information requested by the VTS:<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090"> Reports of contamination in your particular location are still requested; please send situation reports and any photographs to Jkolek@responsegroupinc.com.<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 as of this morning, there were 31 ships awaiting the channel reopening to move into or past the affected area, 31 ships are awaiting departure, and 1 ship awaits shifting within the harbor. The pilots additionally reported that yesterday 17 ships moved below the closure and shifted one vessel in-harbor above the spill area. Today, one ship has already moved through the spill area inbound today, while one more has just been boarded inbound. Another vessel has sailed outbound and passed the spill area, headed to the decontamination berth. <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">Once the inspections ascertain that ships are moving through the spill area without contamination, the pilots plan to prioritize outbound sailings from the port in order to clear the berths, however since the decontamination process on outbound ships is currently limited, movement of inbound ships will continue between the outbounds, until they receive the all clear report.<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 7 tugs available below 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">Numerous parties on the call reported their concerns and priorities. Several facilities are already in serious containment situations, and at least one is approaching a shut-down. One ship was reported to be in a critical status with limited bunkers remaining onboard. <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 started off light and variable but will turn to SSW at 5-10 mph, shifting to westerly around noon and to the north at about 10 mph with gusts to 15-20 mph after the passage of a cold front, which should be late afternoon/early evening today. Some isolated showers are expected with the frontal passage, with a chance of isolated thunderstorms with associated lightning, but no significant rain is anticipated. Later tonight, the winds will veer to the northeast, so little loss of water levels is expected.<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 CBP has authorized a blanket extension to depart after Clearance due for those vessels impacted by the ITC incident. If there are any questions, please call the Houston Seaport office at 713-454-8002. <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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