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Web Alert: Hurricane Harvey - update on affected ports

News & Insights 6 September 2017

This update details the ports and waterways that are open for day and night transit (with some restrictions).

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 harbour and Intracoastal Waterway MM350 to Freeport is open.
  • Port of Freeport is open in daylight but only for ships with a maximum 38-foot draft.
  • The Galveston Harbour and Texas City is open but only for ships 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 ships with a maximum 40-foot draft.
  • The Houston Ship Channel above the Baytown Highlands is open to towing ships transits.
  • Port of Brownsville: open with no restrictions.
  • Port of Corpus Christi: open with the following restrictions:
    • All ships are restricted to a draft not to exceed 43-feet.
    • All foreign registered ships 100 gross registered tons or larger, all domestic tank ships 10,000 gross registered tons or larger and all domestic non-tank ships 1,600 gross registered tons or larger must:
      − Conduct one-way transit only
      − Have a minimum of two pilots for each transit
      − Transit during daylight hours only
  • The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway between mile marker 540 (Corpus Christi) east to mile marker 668 (Brownsville).

Members are advised that although some channel surveys have been conducted, the Coast Guard has not completed channel surveys in all inlets, harbours, and channels to confirm safe transit. Ships are to proceed with caution as navigational aids may be missing or off station and debris, shoaling, and hazardous substances may be present.

Further updates are available on the USCG website


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