Coast Guard reopens Houston Ship Channel with some restrictions

HOUSTON — The Coast Guard opened the Houston Ship Channel with restrictions Tuesday at the I-10 San Jacinto River Bridge near Channelview, Texas.

The Captain of the Port Houston-Galveston established a safety zone on the San Jacinto River from the southern end of Southwest Shipyard, extending north of the I-10 bridge to Buoy 4. Transiting the safety zone is open to limited vessel traffic with the following restrictions:

  • Only light boats and single barge tows may transit.
  • Transit only during daylight hours (sunrise to sunset).
  • No meeting or overtaking.
  • All vessels must check in and out with Vessel Traffic Service Houston-Galveston at least 15 minutes prior to getting underway.

The Coast Guard continues to work with the Texas Department of Transportation as they conduct repairs of the bridge that affect the navigational safety of the waterway. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston Waterways Management Division will issue future updates via Marine Safety Information Bulletins and broadcast notice to mariners. Vessel Traffic Service Houston-Galveston will direct short term closures of the waterway to support salvage and over-water bridge repairs.

For updated Houston Ship Channel information visit Sector Houston-Galveston Homeport site.

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