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West Gulf Coast Maritime Association
Post Hurricane Ike Update
Friday, September 26, 2008

West Gulf Maritime Association
Hurricane IKE Update
Wednesday, September 24, 2008

Joy Lloyd Update: We spoke with Joy Lloyd, University of Houston, Center for Logistics Excellence. Joy is involved with ongoing treatments at M.D. Anderson. She can receive telecalls on her cell number 281-772-3966 and would welcome hearing from you. Joy asked us to pass along her thanks for everyone’s continued prayers and positive thoughts  

Port Conditions

Freeport : Open to vessels with draft of 38-00 feet or less. Vessels with draft over 30-00 feet are daylight restricted.

Galveston : Maximum permissible draft increased to 36-00 feet. Vessels with a draft more than 16-00 feet are daylight restricted.

Port Arthur : Open – Daylight restrictions for vessel with draft over 33-00 feet lifted 18/2500.

Beaumont : Open - Daylight restrictions for vessel with draft over 33-00 feet lifted 18/2500.  

Gal/Tex Pilots

New telephone number is: (409) 949-9558. Hours of operation will be 0500-2200 7 days per week. After 2200 hrs urgent calls can be made to: (409) 682-5812.  

Port of Galveston

Roads to Galveston are now open and the port is able to receive and dispatch cargoes. - Main Phone Number for the Port of Galveston has been established as follows: (409) 927-8634. – The web-site is working and contact information can be found on their web-site. Interim mailing address is: P.O. Box 1039 , Santa Fe, TX7517-1039 .  

Channel obstructions : Big John Marine is scheduled to Lift one (1) 600 ton building and one (1) 60 ton building from dock to barge at Powell Industries on Carpenters Bayou with the derrick barge "Big John" on Friday September 26, 2008 at 0800-1200 hrs.  The derrick barge will protruding into the Ship Channel approximately 300'. Given sufficient prior notice approximately 60 minutes, the D/B Big John will have the capability to move clear for passage of channel traffic.  

Coast Guard: Cleared to Enter List - USCG Vessel Search - Notice to Mariners - Light Lists - Light List Corrections  


Employers affected by Hurricane Ike: To report temporary layoffs due to Hurricane Ike, please call the Texas Workforce Commission at 1-866-367-1332 or email . TWC representatives on this special employer hotline will expedite unemployment claims for you and your employees.  Disaster-related unemployment benefits are available to the self-employed.  

Coast Guard

A new version (4.5) of the InfoPath template is now available. All templates prior to this release will be phased out and no long supported after1 January 2009. - It is recommended that prior to installation of the new template; the old template is uninstalled to avoid any conflicts between the versions.

National Vessel Movement Center  

TWIC Implementation Dates

The following TWIC offices are closed: Houston 1, Galveston and Beaumont. Office closures are posted at: TWIC office closure  

Following ports must be in compliance November 28, 2008: Brownsville, Corpus Christi, Victoria, Point Comfort, Port Arthur, Beaumont, Orange and Lake Charles.

Houston , Galveston, Texas City and Freeport are scheduled for implementation March/April 2009. Final notice of implementation has not been published by Coast Guard. April 15, 2009 is the date by which all ports must be in compliance.

TWIC schedule     TWIC enrollment statistics  


PortVision Update

PortVision is in full operation providing vessel tracking and historical reporting across the Gulf and in most major US ports.  PortVision will soon be offering world wide coverage as well.  WGMA members are entitled to a full-featured, 14-day evaluation of PortVision at no cost.  Members who choose to subscribe to the service after the trial will receive special pricing that has been negotiated especially for the WGMA.  Many WGMA members are already using PortVision to reduce costs (including fuel), enhance safety and security, and capture new revenue.  Contact or call 713-337-3737 to take advantage of this valuable WGMA member benefit.


Chemical Container Washes Up On MustangIsland
A large chemical container washed ashore on MustangIsland Thursday evening and firefighters are treating it as a threat. - The container found is called a chemical tote, and according to the label, it was at one time carrying hydrochloric acid. Corpus Christi Firefighters were not sure if the container was full or empty, so they decided to treat it as if it were a threat. Firefighters notified the Coast Guard about the container and made sure no one got close enough to be exposed to the chemicals or any dangerous gases.


A&B acquires HoustonDC

Alexander & Baldwin announced today that it completed the acquisition of the RepublicDistributionCenter, a 313,000-square-foot facility near the Port of Houston's container terminals. - The Republic center in Pasadena was completed in 2007 by Johnson Development Associates, a South Carolina-based development firm specializing in the construction of logistics-oriented facilities situated near major deepwater ports.

Journal of Commerce  

Those missing after Ike tally nearly 400 in four-county area

Norma Rubin of HighIsland hasn't given up hope that her son, Herman "PeeWee" Thomas Moseley, will be found.

She last heard from him Sept. 12. He was still at his Gilchrist home as the storm surge from Hurricane Ike was rising.

Only a few homes remain intact in Gilchrist.

"We're still not giving up," said Rubin, 66, whose home in HighIsland also was destroyed by Ike.

Beaumont Enterprise


Barge removal nearing completion, highway to open Saturday

Two barges blocking Texas 73 near the TaylorBayouBridge should be entirely dismantled by Saturday, allowing the highway to reopen to east and westbound traffic.

Marc Shepherd, Texas Department of Transportation spokesperson, said the two barges that were tied together washed onto the road during Hurricane Ike. Since the storm, the highway has been closed while workers dismantled the barges.


Port Arthur News


In midst of storm, tugboats prevailed

Assigned to protect a group of barges and the 50,000 barrels of fuel they held, Capt. Al Schmidt couldn't just idly watch as another ship — the 30,000-ton Rickmers Seoul — broke free into the Houston Ship Channel as Hurricane Ike roared. - Schmidt and some fellow tugboat operators at Buffalo Marine, a Houston-based ship fueling company, defied crashing waves and 100-mph winds to corral the wayward 633-foot freighter in the wee hours of Sept. 13.

Houston Chronicle  


Hurricane damage leaves US oil and gas levels low

US offshore oil and gas production levels will not return to pre-hurricane levels for another six months because oil companies will be repairing their facilities well into 2009. - Up to 52 platforms were destroyed and 62 were badly damaged by Hurricane Ike, according to the US government’s latest data, raising insurance losses for the offshore industry over the current estimates of $1.5bn. 

Lloyd's List


FMC Investigation

The Federal Maritime Commission announced today that it has initiated an investigation to determine whether certain practices of the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach ("the Ports") violate the Shipping Act of 1984.  Among practices cited in the Commission's Order of Investigation are the employee-driver mandate, incentive payments and provisions denying access to marine terminal facilities to certain harbor trucking providers. 

Federal Maritime Commission  

Newspapers file motion to modify gag order

Three newspapers, including The Daily News, and the Associated Press, filed a motion Thursday asking that the Florida judge presiding over U.S. District Judge Samuel B. Kent’s criminal case modify a gag order he imposed over the proceedings. - U.S. District Judge Roger Vinson’s order prevented anyone involved in Kent’s case from talking about it publicly. - The order accused Kent, his former case manager Cathy McBroom and their attorneys of trying to manipulate media coverage and taint the jury pool. The order was unusual because Vinson imposed the gag order without request from either party.

Galveston Daily News


America’s Deep Blue Highway: How Coastal Shipping Could Reduce Traffic Congestion and Lower Pollution

The Institute for Global Maritime Studies (IGMS) yesterday published a comprehensive study on the potential environmental, national security, and economic benefits of increased US coastal shipping.

IGMS Deep Blue Highway  


Somali pirates capture ship carrying 30 T-72 tanks

SOMALI pirates have captured a Ukrainian ship carrying 30 Soviet-era T-72 tanks and spare parts for armoured vehicles, according to Ukrainian officials. - Experts believe that the hijack was random, with the pirates unaware of the sensitive nature of the cargo. They also point out that it will be impossible to offload the tanks at any of the small ports available locally. 

Lloyd's List  

Gas carrier owners shelving expansion plans

THE international liquidity crisis is forcing owners of gas carriers to delay their fleet expansion plans at a time when market demand is at its highest for years. - Ship design and engineering firm TGE Marine said contracts for its gas storage tanks are lower than expected because owners are putting off orders for new ships until next year because of the credit crunch.

Lloyd's List  

Hapag bid heats up as Hamburg group grows

HSH Nordbank and the German insurance group Signal Iduna have both joined the Hamburg consortium bidding for the acquisition of Hapag-Lloyd. - While Signal Iduna has refused to disclose how much money it is putting up as part of the bid, HSH Nordbank representatives have revealed to Lloyd’s List that the bank has promised €100m towards the cause.

Lloyd's List  

DNV calls for new approach to safety in the Arctic

In recent years, Arctic issues have become increasingly “hot” as a result of new oil and gas development plans for the Arctic, particularly in Russia. - DNV has worked on projects related to the Arctic for some time. Already i n 1932 DNV introduced the first special requirements for ships intended for operation in ice covered waters. DNV


Other Headlines

The Gulf of Mexico faces $1.5bn hurricane damage bill - Teekay chief urges UN to take action over pirates - South Korea wins half of world’s shipbuilding orders - Basra port receives 2 cargo ships - Rickmers-Linie bucks downturn with newbuild order - Dry markets continue their downward slide.  


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Legal matters

Appeals court affirms Rule B wire transfer attachment

A federal appeals court in New York has again ruled that a plaintiff may seize an electronic funds transfer under Rule B of federal procedures in maritime cases. - The 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said Tuesday that Consub Delaware could attach a wire transfer routed through a New York bank to satisfy part of a nearly $6-million claim the company had against Schahin Engenharia, a Brazilian engineering firm. Consub was seeking payment for operating a ship laying submarine fiber-optic cable.

Journal of Commerce


People and Places

Houston International Seafarer’s Center, Maritime Gala – is still scheduled - September 27, 2008 – Houston, TX

Maritime Gala  

ASBA Annual Cargo Conference - September 28-30, 2008. Miami, FL  

3rd Annual Canada Maritime Conference - September 30-October 1, 2008 - Vancouver, BC, Canada  

Annual Breakbulk Transportation Conference & Exhibition - October 14-16, 2008 - New Orleans, LA - Port of New Orleans  

WISTA Annual Conference – October 15-17, 2008 – New Orleans, LA

WISTA Conference Information  

AAPA's Marine Terminal Management Training - October 20-24, 2008 - Baltimore, MD    

The 18th Annual Clean Gulf , October 28 - 30, 2008 - San Antonio, TX

Clean Gulf  

CBP Trade Symposium - October 29 - 31, 2008 – Washington, DC  

The first HMAA Golf Tournament – October 30, 2008 – Humble, TX  

Women on the Water - November 6 - 8, 2008 – Moved to Valejo , CA  

7th Annual Maritime Security Conference & Expo - November 18-19, 2008 - Long Beach, Ca  

Trade and Transportation Conference Re-scheduled – January 11-13, 2008 – Houston, TX

Harris County International Trade & Transportation Conference


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Vice President, Maritime Affairs                    Director, Maritime Affairs

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