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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 30 March 2019
Date:Saturday, March 30, 2019
Priority:Normal
Notice:

Following email from WGMA // minutes from PCT Meeting this morning.

From: West Gulf Maritime Association <naalund@wgma.org>
Sent: Saturday, March 30, 2019 9:44 AM
To: Houston Moran Ops <HOU@moranshipping.com>
Subject: PCT - Houston Ship Channel Update 30 March 2019

 

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

Saturday, March 30, 2019<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

 

PCT Call #9<span-size:18.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:white">

 

<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">The US Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) held a Port Coordination Team (PCT) conference call today at 0900 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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The US Coast Guard Sector Waterways Management office issued Marine Safety Information Bulletin MSIB 11-19 (Update 03)<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090"> on Friday (March 29th) evening, the contents of which are as follows, in part:<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:#333333">This MSIB is issued to inform vessel traffic of contaminated area opening hours and decon sites as a result of the chemical fire at, and spill from, ITC Deer Park in the Upper Houston Ship Channel (HSC).<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:#333333">As of March 29th, 2019, the U.S. Coast Guard Captain of the Port (COTP) has opened the Houston Ship Channel between Lynchburg and Tucker’s Bayou daily 0800-1730, as managed by Vessel Traffic Service Houston/Galveston. Inspection sites have been established in the Houston Ship Channel at Lynchburg for outbound vessels; above Tuckers Bayou for inbounds. Ship spacing at inspection sites as directed by "Houston Traffic". Tow spacing at inspection sites a minimum of 30 minutes unless otherwise directed by VTS. Inspected vessels found to contaminated will be directed to a decontamination site.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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Vessel movements out of the north end of the Old River, via an inspection site at SW Shipyard Channelview, will be coordinated with VTS. <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:#333333">Carpenters Bayou and the mouth of the Old River at the Houston Ship Channel remain closed until further notice. Before the eventual openings of Carpenters Bayou and the mouth of Old River, appropriate inspection and/or decontamination sites will be established and VTS will coordinate post inspection/post decontamination movements from both sites.<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:#333333">If at any time a safety risk to operations becomes evident, the Captain of the Port will take action to ensure safety for port operations and mariners on the waterways. Facilities and employees should continue to follow any direction provided by the county officials.<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">All movements through the impacted area will cease at sunset. This means your transit through the affected areas must be complete at that time. Traffic through the spill area has been resumed as of 0730 hours today, March 30th.<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 Vessel Traffic Service (VTS) advised that ships through the spill area are limited to one-way traffic, but tows are moving two-way. Ship traffic has resumed this morning about 0830 hours. One-way traffic for ships will remain in place until such time as there is no longer a need to inspect and/or decontaminate ships passing through the affected 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">There is still significant spillage in Jacinto Port, Carpenters Bayou, and Old River. Vacuum trucks and skimmers continue working diligently in those areas, and that is a priority again today. Workers in the lower ends of Carpenters Bayou and Old River experienced benzene spikes and had to leave those areas yesterday. The areas remain boomed and all vessel traffic from/to those areas is currently restricted. The expected shift in winds tonight will cause additional accumulation of spillage against the booms, allowing easier collection by the vacuum/skimmers, but preventing opening of the booms.<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 USCG Gulf Strike Team is still working to set up a “locking system or gate” of booms to begin allowing vessels out of Carpenters Bayou but benzene (readings of 3.75ppm reported this morning) coming out of the spillage is creating a problem for them. Another team is working at Old River and another at Jacinto Port, where they plan to set up similar locking systems. The USCG is also pushing hard to clean Jacinto Port and Houston Fuel Oil. Those are the major focus points for the next several days.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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Numerous parties<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090"> on the call, including WGMA, reported their concerns and priorities. The terminals behind the booms are in critical need to move some ships. Additional lay berths have been offered by the industry in order to increase the possibility of moving some ships and barges through the area. It was mentioned that there is no decontamination lay berth capable of taking a Suezmax vessel at this time.<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">Reports of contamination in your particular location are still requested; please send reports and photographs to the Vessel Traffic Service or directly to the Incident Command Post.<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 they have 38 arrivals and 21 departures plus 2 shiftings. Today they will sail 10 ships, shift 2 and inbound 15 ships through the spill area. A total of 45 ships moved yesterday, 24 inbound and 19 outbound (11 transiting inbound and 10 sailing out through the restricted area), plus there were 2 shifts moving through the zone, with only one requiring decontamination.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

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12<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090"> harbor tugs are in Houston above the spill area, and 7 tugs are 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">The National Weather Service advised that this morning we're seeing light winds from the SSE, picking up to 10-15 knots later this morning. The cold front will push through the Houston Ship Channel between 3-5 pm. Shower & isolated thunderstorm development will increase ahead of the front. There is a potential for lightning 1-6pm. Winds will be from the SSW at 5-10 mph ahead of the front, becoming northerly at 15-25 mph and gusty behind it. Chances of rain will continue overnight into Sunday morning but only a slim chance of rain Sunday morning. Much colder with breezy NNE winds into Monday, with gale force winds likely offshore tomorrow. Some brief low tide issues may be experienced tomorrow. <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 CBP Houston Seaport has not rescinded the blanket extension to depart after Clearance. It is still in place for those vessels that were detained in port by the ITC incident. If there are any questions, please call the Houston Seaport office at 713-454-8002 and ask for the Duty Supervisor. <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 persists, there will be another PCT conference call held tomorrow at 0900 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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