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Waterways to Reopen after Rita

The U.S. Coast Guard announced that the Houston Ship Channel is open to vessels of less than 35 ft., daylight transit only. The Freeport Ship Channel is open to vessels of less than 40 ft. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is open for daylight transit from MM 317 to MM 242. The Neches River is open to daylight transit of tug and barge traffic from Beaumont to Sabine Pass. The Calcasieu River is open to daylight transit of tug and barge traffic from the I-10 Bridge to Cameron. A press release states that the daylight only restriction on the Houston Ship Channel has been lifted.


BOSTCO Opening to Ease Houston Ship Channel Congestion

When Battleground Oil Specialty Terminal (BOSTCO) on the Houston Ship Channel starts operations in October, ship channel congestion is likely to be lessened. BOSTCO will start operations in October 2013 with 2.84 million barrels of residual fuel oil and feedstock storage, about 40% of its earlier-announced 7.1 million-barrel capacity, report Platts, citing sources close to the project and Gulf Coast fuel oil traders.


Traffic Continues Transits in Calcasieu Channel

In the Calcasieu Ship Channel, six vessels transited safely into the port and three are expected to transit outbound. The temporary Vessel Traffic Service staffed by Coast Guard personnel and industry stakeholders will control these movements. Contingency operational plans have been devised, as well as equipment and temporary dams placed in at risks areas, in the event of heavy rainfall in the area to counter any problems that may arise from such an event.


Houston Ship Channel Closed Due To Sunken Tugboat

A mile-long stretch of the Houston Ship Channel was closed to through traffic on Tuesday because of a sunken tugboat, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The channel, one of the nation's main shipping routes for oil and petrochemical products, was closed near the Washburn Tunnel after the 77-foot-long tugboat Vecturian sank, said Coast Guard Lt. Robert Schoen. Schoen said the cause of the accident was not yet known, but that the vessel, owned by Capital Towing, was slowly leaking the 25


Houston Ship Channel Re-opens

An evacuation alert was rescinded Wednesday afternoon for a one-mile ring around a Rohm and Haas Co. chemical plant near Houston after a dangerously overheated tank of highly flammable acrylic acid was cooled by firefighters, the company said. A mile-long stretch of the Houston Ship Channel, which had been closed as a precaution on Wednesday morning, was reopened at about 6:00 p.m. local time. It was the second evacuation along the row of refineries and plants near Houston in three days


T&T Bisso Refloats Sunken Tug

Photo courtesy T&T Bisso Marine

T&T Bisso refloated a tugboat that sank in the Houston Ship Channel. The company used the C/B Curtis T to prepare the sunken tug for lifting after its dive team recovered the body of a missing crewmember onboard the vessel. The vessel then was lifted to the surface by a derrick barge and dewatered. The 56-ft tug sank with five people aboard near the Sims Bayou turning basin. The other four crewmembers were rescued by nearby refinery workers.  


Unified Command Established to Oversee Oil Spill

An oil spill is contained June 21, near a crude oil tanker at the Clifton Ridge terminal along the Calcasieu River. The cause of the spill is under investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard and CITGO Petroleum Corporation. Coast Guard Photo The CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex, the Coast Guard and the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office have established a Unified Command to manage the clean up and recovery of the oil spill in the Calcasieu Ship Channel near Lake Charles.


Coast Guard Helping Stuck Ship Back into Shipping Channel

Coast Guard crews are working to get a freighter ship unstuck after it lost power and ran aground near the central span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The bridge was shut down in both directions this morning as a precaution, snarling rush hour traffic. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the freighter lost power after passing through the central span of the bridge. The pilot of the vessel ran it into a sandbar so it wouldn’t drift near the bridge.


Collision Closes Houston Ship Channel

A chemical tanker collided with a moored barge near the San Jacinto Monument at approximately 9 p.m. today. The Captain of the Port Houston/Galveston closed the ship channel at 11 p.m. from San Jacinto Port Dock 4 to Light 133 due to oil spilled from the collision. The tanker Ievoli Splendor, a 544-foot chemical tanker, was mooring up at the Vopak Terminal in Deer Park, Texas, when the collision with the Kirby Marine barge happened causing a spill of heavy grade fuel oil C5.


Houston Ship Channel Closed By Beef Fat Spill

According to a report from Dow Jones Newswires, the northern end of the Houston Ship Channel was closed Jan. 4 after some 15,000 gallons of beef fat spilled into the waterway from a ruptured storage tank. In all, about 250,000 gallons of beef tallow spilled from a land-based tank owned by privately held agricultural product firm Jacob Stern and Sons Inc. The 15,000 gallons of fat that reached the waterway did so via storm drains.


Mobile Ship Channel Reopens Following Ship Grounding

The container ship MSC Kyoto heaves-to aground outside the Mobile Ship Channel, April 7, 2014. The MSC Kyoto reportedly experienced a steering failure. (USCG photo)

The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) reopened the Mobile Ship Channel to all deep-draft commercial vessel traffic at approximately 5 p.m. Monday. The USCG restricted vessel traffic at about 3 a.m. Monday, after the container vessel MSC KYOTO grounded outside the channel.


Houston Ship Channel Dredge Contract Awarded to RLB

A dredging operation: File photo CCL

Amongst the latest listing of US Department of Defense contracts, RLB Contracting of Port Lavaca, Texas, has been awarded a USD$8,286,850 firm-fixed-price contract for deep draft maintenance dredging of the Houston Ship Channel from Carpenters to Greens.


Collision, Grounding and Anchor Draggings in Chesapeake Bay

The U.S. Coast Guard is working with local response agencies and the Virginia and Maryland Pilots Tuesday after receiving a report of a collision between two ships in the Thimble Shoal Channel and are responding to several subsequent reports of ships dragging anchor in the lower Chesapeake Bay.


Canaveral Tops State List for Sand Bypass Funding

Port Canaveral

The Canaveral Harbor Inlet Sand Bypass Project has earned the top state ranking for 2014/15 inlet management funding. As a result, Port Canaveral is expected to receive $100,500 in grant funding from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection (FDEP) for beach renourishment.


Coast Guard Icebreaker returns from Operation Deep Freeze

The Coast Guard Cutter Polar Star is scheduled to return to their homeport of Coast Guard Base Seattle at 10 a.m., Friday, March 21, 2014, following a 108-day deployment of Operation Deep Freeze 2014.  Polar Star departed Seattle Dec


Ship, Kirby Tug/Barge Collide in Houston Ship Channel

A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel, March 22, 2014.

The Coast Guard along with state and local partners are responding to a collision near Texas City, in the Houston Ship Channel, Saturday, March 22, 2014. At approximately 12:35 p.m., watch standers at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston received a call from the captain of the 585-ft


Houston Ship Channel Restricted for Oil Spill Recovery, Tankbarge Salvage

Image credit USCG

Part of the Houston Ship Channel has been closed to marine traffic to enable response operations following the recent collision between UTV MISS SUSAN and the bulk carrier M/V SUMMER WIND approximately 100 yards off the Texas City Dike, near lights 25/26 which led to the partial sinking of the


Collision, Spill Forces Houston Channel Closure

A barge loaded with marine fuel oil sits partially submerged in the Houston Ship Channel, March 22, 2014. The bulk carrier Summer Wind, reported a collision between the Summer Wind and a barge, containing 924,000 gallons of fuel oil, towed by the motor vessel Miss Susan. (USCG photo)

Cleanup continues in response to an oil spill in the Houston Ship Channel that resulted in the release of approximately 168,000 gallons of bunker fuel oil. On March 22, 2014, the M/V Summer Wind and Kirby Barge 27706 collided in the Houston Ship Channel in the vicinity LT 26 near the


Latest Texas City 'Y' Incident News: Port of Houston Remains Closed

File photo CCL

The Port of Houston remains closed as the Unified Command continues to assess the situation with oil in the channel to determine when vessel traffic can resume, advises the US Coast Guard. There are 46 outbound vessels and 47 inbound vessels in the queue for transit in the Port of Houston


Limited Traffic Authorized at Port of Houston

USCG photo

Update: Texas City "Y" incident response; Port of Houston authorized limited marine movement The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) has authorized limited marine traffic in the safety zone in the Port of Houston/Galveston for commercial ship traffic, Tuesday.


Texas City "Y" incident: Latest Update

Entrance to Texas City Dike: Photo in public domain

The Coast Guard informs that it continues clean up operations in the Port of Houston/Galveston after having authorized limited marine traffic in the safety zone for commercial ship traffic, Tuesday. The Port Coordination Team is prioritizing ships for transit through the channel


Dredging Permits for Bayport & Barbours Cut Expected Soon

Port of Houston logo

Following the recent meeting of the Port Commission of the Port of Houston Authority, the following news items  of note were released. Dredging The Port Commission approved a $68 million construction contract with Orion Construction L.P. for Bayport and Barbours Cut channel improvements


USCG Lifts Matagorda Safety Zone, Response Ongoing

Boom is put in place to prevent oil from the Texas City collision from affecting environmentally-sensitive areas in Matagorda Bay, March 28, 2014. Approximately 150 response personnel have placed more than 16,000 feet of boom. (Unified response photo)

Oil spill responders from the Matagorda Incident Command Post in Port O’Connor, Texas, continue to implement their aggressive plans, Friday, intended to protect environmentally sensitive areas of the Matagorda Bay area against any impact from a portion of the oil spilled in Saturday’s


Several Cruise Voyages Altered by Houston Spill

Caribbean Princess (Photo: Princess Cruises)

The Federal Maritime Commission (FMC) issued a notice to cruise passengers affected by the Houston ship channel oil spill stating that several cruise voyages have been altered or rescheduled. Royal Caribbean International’s Navigator of the Seas seven-night Western Caribbean March 23


Texas City "Y" Oil Spill Update: 300 Boats De-Contaminated

Oil spill clean-up: File photo

The Coast Guard reports that their Galveston-based response efforts for the Texas City collision has included the de-contamination of approximately 300 boats, oiled as a result of the earlier Houston Ship Channel maritime casualty. Responders continue to focus on shoreline cleanup and facility


 
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