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8/31/2017: Partial re-opening of the Houston-Galveston captain of the port zone following Hurricane Harvey

The information below was originally posted in a news release issued by the Hurricane Harvey response. For breaking news about the Coast Guard’s overall response efforts, visit the incident news site.

As of 2 p.m. Wednesday, the captain of the port for Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston opened the ports of Houston, Texas City, Galveston, and Freeport with the following restrictions:

•Vessel draft cannot exceed 33 feet for the ports of Texas City, Galveston and Freeport.
•Vessel draft cannot exceed 37 feet for the Port of Houston.
•All vessel traffic is limited to daylight hours.

Current assessments indicate severe currents and hazards on the upper Houston ship channel from Morgan’s Point inbound to the turning basin; that portion of the channel remains closed for vessel movements until conditions improve and more information is obtained.

The partial re-opening of the port allows critical maritime commerce to resume.

All mariners are reminded to proceed with extreme caution due to strong currents, debris runoff, unmarked hazards and missing or off-station navigational aids. Please report any hazardous conditions to the Sector Houston-Galveston Command Center at (281) 464-4851.

This post is for informational purposes only and does not replace official Captain of the Port or incident response communications or announcements. For the most up-to-date port information, go to http://www.homeport.uscg.mil.

This blog is not a replacement or substitute for the formal posting of regulations and updates or existing processes for receiving formal feedback of the same. Links provided on this blog will direct the reader to official source documents, such as the Federal Register, Homeport and the Code of Federal Regulations. These documents remain the official source for regulatory information published by the Coast Guard.

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