Coast Guard Captain of the Port Houston-Galveston updates port conditions, waterways

Vessels transit in the lower Houston Channel, Sept. 2, 2017. The Coast Guard and its federal, state and local partners are working to safely assess port conidtions that need to be corrected in order to rapidly restore the safe, secure and efficient Marine Transportation System. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles)

Vessels transit in the lower Houston Channel, Sept. 2, 2017.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Brandon Giles)

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 habror 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 vessels 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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