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September 18, 2008

Port of Galveston set to reopen

The Houston Chronicle reports that the Port of Galveston will reopen Monday. The newspaper quotes Port chairman Gerald Sullivan as saying the port plans to unload its first ship Wednesday and that the port will be able to accept cruise ships again by Oct. 1.

Meantime, the Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Houston-Galveston has re-opened portions of the Houston Ship Channel to commercial traffic, with restrictions.

The following openings and restrictions are in effect:

The Houston Ship Channel is open at all times to maritime traffic with a draft of 16 feet or less, but will remain open for daylight transit only from Seas Buoy to Sims Bayou at project depth and Sims Bayou to the Turning Basin for ships with a draft of 30 feet or less.

The Port of Galveston is open to maritime traffic with a draft of 16 feet or less, but will remain open during daylight transit only for ships with a draft of 30 feet or less.

The Port of Freeport is open to maritime traffic with a draft of 16 feet or less at all times and ships with drafts of 38 feet or less during daylight.

Sabine-Neches Waterway is open to maritime traffic with a draft of 30 feet or less, but will remain open during daylight transit only for ships with a draft of 36 feet or less.

The Port of Texas City is open to maritime traffic with a draft of 16 feet or less, but will remain open to daylight transit at project depth.

The Port of Lake Charles/Calcasieu Channel is open to maritime traffic with a draft of 16 feet or less, but will remain open during daylight transit only for ships with a draft of 39 feet or less.

Mariners are advised that aids to navigation may be off station and should exercise the slowest speed and use caution when transiting the area.

All facilities are recommended to complete their facility self-assesment checklist before requesting a Coast Guard facility inspection.

Local, state and federal agencies are continuing to survey all navigable waterways impacted by Hurricane Ike. All other waterway restrictions in the Houston-Galveston area remain in place until ongoing post-hurricane assessments for aids to navigation, pollution and navigational hazards are completed.


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