USCG VTS Port Coordination Committee (PCT) was just completed.
Yesterday Houston Pilots moved 27 ships and Galveston Pilots moved 20 ships. Priority movements are scheduled today. Some petrochemical terminals are running at reduced rates or recycling some units. Few shutdowns reported.
Fog conditions expected to persist through Monday morning. Visibility currently 2-5 miles off Galveston. Dense fog expected Saturday evening and Sunday evening. Strong winds ahead of cold front expected to move through the Texas Coast area Monday 0600-1200 and western Louisiana Monday 1200-1800 expected to clear all fog conditions until middle of next week.
The current back log is as follows:
Lake Charles: 5 arrivals, 0 departures
Sabine: 16 arrivals, 8 departures
Galveston/Texas City: 20 vessels waiting
Houston: 75 arrivals, 2 departures
Freeport; No back log
Important note: With the ongoing delays, agents are reminded to make sure ENOA’s are updated and current, especially since many vessels are expected to move tomorrow.
Please remain in close contact with pilots dispatchers on the status of vessel movements.
The next USCG VTS Port Coordination Committee (PCT) conference call is scheduled for Sunday 1000 hrs. WGMA will provide an update after conference call.
Please refer to below links for local weather forecasts:
NWS Lake Charles
NWS Beaumont/Port Arthur
NWS Corpus Christi/Brownsville