Coast Guard updates port conditions in Texas
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.