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Coast Guard updates port conditions in Texas

Sep 1, 2017 02:57 PM

Draft limits are still in place in Freeport, Galveston and the Houston Ship Channel

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(HOUSTON) — The Coast Guard captain of the port Houston-Galveston has established updated port condition recovery status with additional parameters. 

As of Saturday, the following ports and waterways are open to 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. 

• The Galveston Harbor and Texas City is 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 VTS 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.

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