Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Corpus Christi updates port conditions

Coast Guard and partner agencies assess the Port of Corpus Christi near Port Aransas, Texas, Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

Coast Guard and partner agencies assess the Port of Corpus Christi near Port Aransas, Texas, Wednesday Aug 30, 2017. U.S. Coast Guard Photo

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Corpus Christi continues to open waterways and lift restrictions within the COTP zone, Wednesday.

As of 5:00 p.m. the following ports and waterways are open:

  • The Port of Brownsville is open with no restrictions.
  • The Port of Corpus Christi is open with the following restriction: All vessels requiring a First Class Pilot in accordance with 46 CFR §15.182 must conduct one-way transits only.
  • The Calhoun Port Authority/Matagorda Ship Channel is open with the following restrictions: All vessels are restricted to a draft not to exceed 31-feet and are to coordinate closely with the Matagorda Bay Pilots to avoid, if possible, any meeting or overtaking situations. All vessels requiring a First Class Pilot in accordance with 46 CFR §15.182 must conduct one-way transits only and transit during daylight hours only.
  • The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is open with no restrictions between Mile Marker 540 (Corpus Christi) West to Mile Marker 668 (Brownsville).
  • The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is open between Mile Marker 465 (Matagorda Bay) West to Mile Marker 540 (Corpus Christi) with all vessels restricted to a draft not to exceed 11-feet.
  • The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is open between Mile Marker 465 to the Colorado Lock with all vessels restricted to a draft not to exceed 8-feet.
  • The Port of Victoria/Victoria Barge Canal is open with no restrictions.

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

Mariners are reminded the Corpus Christi Inner Harbor security zone, 33 CFR 165.809, remains in effect during severe weather. Recreational, commercial fishing and passenger vessels are not permitted to enter the security zone without permission from the COTP. Vessels must have a prearranged agreement with the COTP to enter the Inner Harbor.

“With over 96% of our Aids to Navigation repaired or replaced, we are now in a position to lift the daylight limitation within the port of Corpus Christi,” said Capt. Jason Smith, alternate captain of the port in Corpus Christi. “In addition, we have now opened the Inter Coastal Waterway throughout the Southern Texas coast, west of the Colorado Locks. Although we still have some restrictions in place throughout our area of responsibility, we are very close to pre-hurricane conditions. We continue to utilize local and regional Coast Guard resources in close cooperation with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Aransas Corpus Christi and Matagorda Bay Pilot Associations to open all ports without restriction as soon as safely possible.”

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