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Update on Upper Texas Coast Port Conditions
by the West Gulf Maritime Association
Monday, February 21, 2011


Fog conditions persist in ports on the Upper Texas coast. Pilots were able to move vessels yesterday to reduce the back log and ports reopened for traffic this morning.


Front from north is expected to stall just north of Galveston Bay creating fog conditions that are expected to reduce visibility to less than ½ mile between 1800 and 2100 this evening. Little improvement is expected Tuesday afternoon but reduced visibility is expected again Tuesday evening through Wednesday morning.


Winds are expected to pick-up Thursday which is expected to reduce fog conditions.


Houston Pilots advise as of this morning there were approximately 36 arriving vessels waiting to enter Houston and about 21 vessels waiting to depart.


Sabine Pilots cleared outbound traffic yester day and this morning 17 vessels awaiting inbound traffic and 1 vessel 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 Tuesday. 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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