Port conditions returning to normal
Friday, September 1, 2017, Lake Charles, United States The Port of Lake Charles advises all conditions normal, and they are standing down from Safe Harbor. Ship movements started at 0300 yesterday (31 August). An updated Marine Safety Information Bulletin has been approved removing the restriction for deep-laden ship movements with tug escorts. All movements must still be approved by the MSU prior to scheduling a pilot. It is expected that after completion of the channel surveys that the deep draft restriction will be rescinded and the ship channel will return to normal operations. Tropical Storm Harvey continues moving off to the northeast, and all tropical and marine related watches and advisories have been cancelled for the Texas coast. There will, however, be continued hazards from moderate to strong currents in the rivers and bayous for several days or weeks. The ICWW is fully open and the locks are all working through to New Orleans. At Mile Marker 230 on the Intracoastal Waterway, the Grand Lake Bridge has reopened. Lake Charles Pilots confirm that traffic is moving well since the port’s reopening. Source: GAC
Lake Charles Update
MSU Lake Charles: The unit has implemented Port Condition Port Recovery. Ship movements started at 03:00AM with a vessel sailing from the Port of Lake Charles. All movements must be approved by the MSU prior to scheduling a pilot. Lake Charles Pilots: The pilots confirmed that traffic is moving well since the port’s reopening. They requested delaying an inbound vessel until Friday morning so to arrive in the area of the Port of Lake Charles after daylight, because of the strong currents moving through the area. There are only five more ships scheduled to come in and traffic should basically be caught up by about noon on Friday. The Port of Lake Charles advises that all conditions are normal and they will be standing down from Safe Harbor at 02:30 hours on Friday. Two vessels remain in port and will change to layberth status. US Army Corps of Engineers reports that a contracted vessel shall arrive tomorrow morning to work the offshore channel starting at the jetties. Other surveys in the area are ongoing with existing assets and more are on the way. Customs & Border Protection in Port Arthur remains closed and inaccessible due to flooding. Please contact the CBP Houston office for any questions regarding CBP Port Arthur vessel processing. CBP Port Arthur is trying to locate temporary office space in Beaumont so they can get operational again.
Port closed as Tropical Storm Harvey shifts toward southwest Louisiana
Beaumont, Port Arthur, Lake Charles and other ports along the Texas-Louisiana border have closed as Tropical Storm Harvey shifts toward southwest Louisiana. Late Monday, the US Coast Guard set port condition Zulu for Louisiana port Lake Charles and Texas ports Beaumont, Nederland, Orange, Port Arthur, Port Neches, Sabine and Sabine Bar. Port condition Zulu closes ports to all vessel traffic, when gale force winds are expected to arrive within 12 hours. The US National Weather Service forecasts Harvey to turn northeast later Tuesday and move inland over Louisiana on Wednesday. It has maximum sustained winds near 45 mph (75 kph), with little change in its strength expected in the next 48 hours, according to a 1200 GMT advisory. Source: PlattsUpload News