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9/5/2017: Updates on port conditions in Corpus Christi and Houston-Galveston

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

The captains of the ports in Houston-Galveston and Corpus Christi announced updated port conditions as of Sept. 2, 2017.


The following ports and waterways are open for day and night transit with some restrictions:

• The Galveston Bay Entrance Channel, Outer Bar Channel, Inner Bar Channel, Bolivar Roads Anchorages, Bolivar Roads Channel and Galveston Harbor and Intracoastal Waterway MM350 to Freeport is open.
• Port of Freeport is open in daylight but only for vessels with a maximum 38-foot draft.
• Galveston Harbor and Texas City are open but only for vessels with a maximum 37-foot draft.
• Bolivar Roads Anchorages A, B, and C are open at the pilot’s discretion. There is a short duration use for bunkering and inspections.
• The Houston Ship Channel is open from the entrance channel to Baytown Highlands, but only for vessels with a maximum 40-foot draft.
• The Houston Ship Channel above the Baytown Highlands is open to towing vessel transits.

Mariners should report anomalies, derelict vessels, obstructions and discrepancies to Vessel Traffic Service Houston-Galveston by calling 832-256-7569. Mariners may continue to file reports with the Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston command center by calling 281-464-4853.

Corpus Christi

The Calhoun Port Authority/Matagorda Ship Channel is now open with the following restrictions:

• All vessels are restricted to a draft not to exceed 30 feet in the Matagorda Ship Channel and 43 feet for the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Coordinate closely with the Matagorda Bay Pilots to avoid, if possible, any meeting or overtaking situations.
• All foreign registered vessels 100 gross registered tons or larger, all domestic tank vessels 10,000 gross registered tons or larger, and all domestic non-tank vessels 1,600 gross registered tons or larger must:
1. Conduct one-way transits only.
2. Transit during daylight hours only.

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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