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Subject:CORPUS CHRISTI Port Re-opening
Date:Thursday, August 31, 2017
Priority:Normal
Notice:The Captain of the Port (COTP), Sector Corpus Christi, set Port Condition Update: Waterway Openings (MSIB 09-17 to be published) affects COTP Area of Responsibility Port of Brownsville, Corpus Christi, and portions of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway, as noted below. No vessel movements are permitted within the remaining closed portions of the Sector without specific permission of the Captain of the Port.

US Coast Guard Press Release states: As of 1415 hours today, the Port of Corpus Christi is open, with the following restrictions.
Port of Corpus Christi: open with the following restrictions:

-All vessels are restricted to a draft not to exceed 43-feet.
-All foreign registered vessels 100 gross registered tons or larger, all domestic tank vessels 10,000 gross registered tons or larger and all domestic non-tank vessels 1,600 gross registered tons or larger must:
1) Conduct one-way transit only;
2) Have a minimum of two pilots for each transit;
3) Transit during daylight hours only.

-The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway between mile marker 540 (Corpus Christi) east to mile marker 668 (Brownsville)

Mariners are advised that although some channel surveys have been conducted, the Coast Guard has not completed channel surveys in all inlets, harbors, and channels to confirm safe transit. Mariners are to proceed with caution as navigational aids may be missing or off station and debris, shoaling, and hazardous substances may be present. All other waterways of the COTP zone remains closed.

"This was a total team effort between the Coast Guard, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Aransas Corpus Christi Pilots, Texas General Land Office and the Corpus Christi Port Commission. We completed a comprehensive assessment of the waterway, which required an exhaustive effort in eight days after the biggest storm to hit Texas in 12 years," said Capt. Tony Hahn, captain of the port and incident commander of the unified command in Corpus Christi. "We sincerely appreciate the support and understanding of the Port of Corpus Christi Commission, mariners and industry as we ensure we did this right and quickly."

Additional details from the 1530 PCT Call: The grounded drill ship is being held by 3 tugs and those tugs will remain alongside until the ship is removed from its current location.

Surveys of the entire Corpus Christi region have been completed as well as the remaining stretch of the ICWW northbound.
Matagorda Bay Channel remains closed pending completion of surveys there.
The hopper dredge is now due into Corpus Christi on Sunday morning.

Aransas-Corpus Christi Pilots advise that 5 of the 6 ships that were initially prioritized are now moving inbound. An additional 3 priority ships will begin moving at 7AM tomorrow followed by another convoy starting inbound around noon.

Matagorda Bay Pilots: The ship channel is clear and they are ready to move traffic as soon as the USACE surveys have been finished and the data reviewed. Three survey boats are working the channel and the port's terminals. A small draft reduction due to shoaling at the entrance is expected and the Maximum Allowable Draft will be announced once the Army Corps of Engineers complete their surveys. Another survey of the main entrance channel will be performed tomorrow by a different survey vessel since it appears the initial survey performed resulted in bad data.

Port of Corpus Christi: At the time the port reopened, there were 26 ships on the bar for inbound transit to the port of Corpus Christi.

Matthew Peterson, Manager
Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc.
400 Mann Street, Suite 907
Corpus Christi, TX  78401
Tel: 361-884-0903  Fax: 361-887-6132  Mbl: 361-813-1649
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Notice posted on Thursday, August 31, 2017

Disclaimer
For quality assurance purposes please note well that while the above information is regularly vetted for accuracy it is not intended to replace the local knowledge or expertise pertaining to port conditions of our marine operations personnel. Port précis should always be verified by contacting the corresponding marine department of a particular location for the most up-to-date information.