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Maritime News
Port Condition Update
by the West Gulf Maritime Association
Sunday, February 20, 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.  Traffic is moving this morning in all ports but the National Weather Service reported that patchy fog conditions are expected this evening and into Monday morning.


The expected cold front is expected to stall which will create heavy fog conditions beginning Monday evening and lasting through Tuesday night.


As of this morning there were approximately 65 arriving vessels waiting to enter Freeport, Galveston, Texas City and Houston and about 33 vessels waiting to depart.


Lake Charles is operating at normal conditions now.

The Sabine is in pretty shape with one way traffic, all outbounds, moving today. Seven (7)vessels scheduled  out and 11 waiting to come in.   


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 Monday. 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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