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Port Closure Update
West Gulf Maritime Association Message to Members
Saturday, February 19, 2011

Ports on the Texas coast have suffered from seasonal fog delays. Dense Fog Advisories are in effect for ports from Lake Charles to Port O’Connor. Hazardous Weather Outlook has been posted for ports from Port O’Connor to Brownsville. 


The US Coast Guard VTS called for a  Houston Area PCT (Port Co-ordination Team) conference call this morning. he National Weather Service reported that visibility had increased to 3-4 miles this morning but is expected to decrease to near 0 miles visibility this evening not to increase until late Sunday morning.


Low visibility is expected again Sunday after sunset and is expected to increase early Monday assisted by stronger winds.


Low visibility is expected again Monday evening but a cold front is expected to move through the area late Monday evening or Tuesday morning which will eliminate fog conditions.


As of this morning there were approximately 60 arriving vessels waiting to enter Freeport, Galveston, Texas City and Houston and about 30 vessels waiting to depart.


Important note: US Coast Guard VTS is reminding the industry to maintain arrival windows for ENOAs and WGMA is suggesting that agents remind vessels to continuously update their ENOAs.


The next PCT (Port Co-ordination Team) conference call is scheduled for 10:00 tomorrow Sunday morning. WGMA will participate and provide an update shortly thereafter.


Please refer to below links to the National Weather Service for local conditions.


NWS Lake Charles


NWS Beaumont/Port Arthur


NWS Houston/Galveston


NWS Corpus Christi/Brownsville

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