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Subject:CORPUS CHRISTI Daily Port Report
Date:Thursday, February 01, 2018
Priority:Normal
Attachments:
20180201134951698.pdf    
Notice:
As per Aransas Corpus Christi Pilots

We have been monitoring an area of shoaling in the vicinity of Beacon 1 in Port Aransas that was created by Hurricane Harvey. The shoal is in the area of stations 100 to 110. A copy of the USACE survey from October is attached. The Pilots have been maneuvering deep draft vessels around this shoal, but it appears to be worsening. This was evidenced by several ships being significantly affected by interaction with the shoal area in the past 2 weeks. The combination of extended periods of Northerly winds and low tides lately have also contributed in making the situation worse.
 
As a precaution, the Pilots will temporarily limit the maximum draft to 43 feet (salt water) with a positive tide reading. This will be in place until we get a current survey from the USACE with accurate soundings so we can see exactly what depths we are dealing with in that area.

In the mean time, in order to reduce the impact on industry and ships that are already underway to our Port, we will do our best to accommodate the transit of those vessels with a draft over 43 feet around the shoal area under strict conditions that'll include:
 
1.  A positive tide (amount to be determined by combination of vessel draft and discretion of pilot on watch).
2.  No opposing current in order to minimize the shallow water effects.
3.  A tug escort to assist in maintaining control of the vessel transiting the area. 4. Favorable weather conditions.
 
Anything else will be instructed to load to a maximum of 43 feet until shoaling is cleared.

 

.SYNOPSIS FOR THE MIDDLE TEXAS COASTAL WATERS...
A weak to moderate southerly flow will becoming weak and variable this evening and overnight ahead of an approaching cold front.  Moderate to strong northerly offshore flow will then develop Friday morning in wake of the front. Isolated to scattered showers will be possible late tonight through Friday ahead and behind the front. Winds will weaken Friday night as a coastal trough develops. Lift with the coastal trough and warm front will produce scattered showers Friday night into Saturday. A weak southerly flow is expected Saturday night. A weak front will move through the area late Sunday, bringing a weak to moderate northeast flow Sunday night. The surface ridge will move rapidly east on Monday, resulting in a return to a weak to moderate onshore flow by late Monday.


Please note restrictions

Daylight Restrictions:
All Vessels Greater than 900-00 ft
All Vessels Greater than 130,000 DWT
All Vessels greater than 250-00 ft transiting "Dead Ship"
All Vessel subject to USCG Letter of Deviation requiring Tug Escort
All Vessels with greater than26-00 ft trim, when passing under the Harbor Bridge
All Category One Tankers (LOA greater than 748-00 ft and Beam greater than 120-00 ft and Draft greater than 40.9 ft sw)


Feels Like: 71 degrees F
Winds: ESE 9 mph
Sunrise: 7:17 am
Sunset: 18:10 pm

FZUS54 KCRP 011529
CWFCRP

Coastal Waters Forecast
National Weather Service Corpus Christi TX
929 AM CST Thu Feb 1 2018

Middle Texas coastal waters from Baffin Bay to Matagorda ship channel
out to 60 nautical miles.
 
Seas are provided as a range of the average height of the highest 1/3
of the waves...along with occasional height of the average highest
10 percent of the waves.
 
GMZ200-020415-
929 AM CST Thu Feb 1 2018

.SYNOPSIS FOR THE MIDDLE TEXAS COASTAL WATERS...
A weak to moderate southerly flow will becoming weak and variable this evening and overnight ahead of an approaching cold front.  Moderate to strong northerly offshore flow will then develop Friday morning in wake of the front. Isolated to scattered showers will be possible late tonight through Friday ahead and behind the front. Winds will weaken Friday night as a coastal trough develops. Lift with the coastal trough and warm front will produce scattered showers Friday night into Saturday. A weak southerly flow is expected Saturday night. A weak front will move through the area late Sunday, bringing a weak to moderate northeast flow Sunday night. The surface ridge will move rapidly east on Monday, resulting in a return to a weak to moderate onshore flow by late Monday.

$$

GMZ235-020415-
Bays and Waterways from Port Aransas to Port O'Connor-
929 AM CST Thu Feb 1 2018

.REST OF TODAY...South wind 5 to 10 knots. Bays smooth.

.TONIGHT...East wind around 5 knots becoming north 10 to 15 knots after midnight. Bays slightly choppy to occasionally choppy.  Patchy fog in the evening, then areas of fog after midnight. A slight chance of showers after midnight.

.FRIDAY...Northeast wind around 15 knots. Bays choppy. A slight chance of showers.

.FRIDAY NIGHT...Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Bays slightly choppy to occasionally choppy. A slight chance of light rain in the evening, then a chance of light rain after midnight.

.SATURDAY...Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots shifting southeast in the afternoon. Bays smooth. A chance of showers.

.SATURDAY NIGHT...South wind 10 to 15 knots. Bays slightly choppy to occasionally choppy. Areas of fog.

.SUNDAY...Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots becoming south in the afternoon. Bays smooth. Patchy fog in the morning. A slight chance of showers in the morning.

.SUNDAY NIGHT...Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Bays smooth to slightly choppy.

.MONDAY...East wind 10 to 15 knots shifting southeast in the afternoon. Bays slightly choppy to occasionally choppy.

.MONDAY NIGHT...Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Bays slightly choppy to occasionally choppy.

$$

GMZ230-020415-
Bays and Waterways from Baffin Bay to Port Aransas-
929 AM CST Thu Feb 1 2018

.REST OF TODAY...Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Bays smooth.

.TONIGHT...Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming north 10 to 15 knots after midnight. Bays slightly choppy to occasionally choppy. Patchy fog in the evening, then areas of fog after midnight. A slight chance of showers after midnight.

.FRIDAY...North wind around 15 knots. Bays choppy. A slight chance of showers.

.FRIDAY NIGHT...Northeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Bays slightly choppy to occasionally choppy. A slight chance of light rain in the evening, then a chance of light rain after midnight.

.SATURDAY...Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots shifting south in the afternoon. Bays smooth. A chance of showers in the morning, then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. \

.SATURDAY NIGHT...South wind 10 to 15 knots. Bays slightly choppy to occasionally choppy. Patchy fog.

.SUNDAY...Southwest wind up to 5 knots shifting south in the afternoon. Bays smooth. A slight chance of showers in the morning.

.SUNDAY NIGHT...Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots. Bays smooth to slightly choppy.

.MONDAY...East wind around 10 knots shifting southeast in the afternoon. Bays slightly choppy.

.MONDAY NIGHT...Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Bays slightly choppy to occasionally choppy.

$$

GMZ255-020415-
Coastal waters from Port Aransas to Matagorda Ship Channel out 20 NM-
929 AM CST Thu Feb 1 2018

.REST OF TODAY...South wind 5 to 10 knots. Seas 3 feet.

.TONIGHT...East wind around 5 knots becoming north 15 to 20 knots after midnight. Seas 2 to 3 feet. Areas of fog. A chance of showers after midnight.

.FRIDAY...Northeast wind 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 8 feet. A chance of showers in the morning, then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon.

.FRIDAY NIGHT...Northeast wind 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 8 feet. A slight chance of light rain in the evening, then a chance of light rain after midnight.

.SATURDAY...East wind 10 to 15 knots shifting south in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas up to 6 feet. A chance of showers. Patchy fog in the afternoon.

.SATURDAY NIGHT...South wind 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas up to 5 feet. Patchy fog in the evening, then areas of fog after midnight.

.SUNDAY...Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots becoming south in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas up to 5 feet.  Patchy fog in the morning. A slight chance of showers in the morning.
 
.SUNDAY NIGHT...East wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast 10 to 15 knots after midnight. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas up to 5 feet.

.MONDAY...East wind 10 to 15 knots shifting southeast in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas up to 5 feet.

.MONDAY NIGHT...Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas up to 5 feet.

$$

GMZ250-020415-
Coastal waters from Baffin Bay to Port Aransas out 20 NM-
929 AM CST Thu Feb 1 2018

.REST OF TODAY...South wind 5 to 10 knots. Seas 3 feet.

.TONIGHT...Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast 15 to 20 knots after midnight. Seas 3 feet. Patchy fog in the evening, then areas of fog after midnight. A chance of showers after midnight.

.FRIDAY...Northeast wind 15 to 20 knots. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 8 feet. A chance of showers in the morning, then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon.

.FRIDAY NIGHT...Northeast wind 15 to 20 knots decreasing to 10 to 15 knots after midnight. Seas 4 to 6 feet with occasional seas up to 8 feet. A slight chance of light rain in the evening, then a chance of light rain after midnight.

.SATURDAY...East wind 5 to 10 knots shifting south in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 5 feet with occasional seas up to 6 feet. A chance of showers in the morning, then a slight chance of showers in the afternoon. Patchy fog in the afternoon.

.SATURDAY NIGHT...South wind 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet with occasional seas up to 5 feet. Patchy fog.

.SUNDAY...Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots becoming south in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas up to 5 feet. A slight chance of showers in the morning.

.SUNDAY NIGHT...East wind 5 to 10 knots becoming northeast 10 to 15 knots after midnight. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas up to 5 feet.

.MONDAY...East wind 10 to 15 knots shifting southeast in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas up to 5 feet.

.MONDAY NIGHT...Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Seas 2 to 4 feet with occasional seas up to 5 feet.

$$

GMZ270-275-020415-
Waters from Baffin Bay to Port Aransas from 20 to 60 NM-Waters from Port Aransas to Matagorda Ship Channel from 20 to 60 NM-
929 AM CST Thu Feb 1 2018

.REST OF TODAY...South wind 10 to 15 knots decreasing to 5 to 10 knots late in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 feet with occasional seas up to 5 feet. A slight chance of showers in the afternoon.

.TONIGHT...Southeast wind 5 to 10 knots becoming north 15 to 20 knots after midnight. Seas 3 to 4 feet with occasional seas up to 5 feet. A chance of showers after midnight.

.FRIDAY...Northeast wind 20 to 25 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas up to 9 feet. A chance of showers.

.FRIDAY NIGHT...Northeast wind 15 to 20 knots. Seas 5 to 7 feet with occasional seas up to 9 feet. A slight chance of light rain in the evening, then a chance of light rain after midnight.

.SATURDAY...Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots shifting south in the afternoon. Seas 4 to 5 feet with occasional seas up to 6 feet. A chance of showers.

.SATURDAY NIGHT...South wind 10 to 15 knots. Seas 4 to 5 feet with occasional seas up to 6 feet. Patchy fog.

.SUNDAY...Southwest wind 5 to 10 knots becoming west in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 feet with occasional seas up to 5 feet. A slight chance of showers in the morning.

.SUNDAY NIGHT...Northeast wind 5 to 10 knots increasing to 10 to 15 knots after midnight. Seas 3 to 4 feet with occasional seas up to 5 feet.

.MONDAY...East wind 10 to 15 knots shifting southeast in the afternoon. Seas 3 to 4 feet with occasional seas up to 5 feet.

.MONDAY NIGHT...Southeast wind 10 to 15 knots. Seas 3 to 4 feet with occasional seas up to 5 feet.

$$

LB

Best regards,

Matthew Peterson
Moran Shipping Agencies, Inc.
400 Mann Street, Suite 907
Corpus Christi, TX  78401
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Notice posted on Thursday, February 01, 2018

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.