|Subject:||Sabine/Neches Daily Update|
|Date:||Tuesday, February 22, 2011|
***SPECIAL NOTICE UPDATE CHANGE***
Beginning March 15, 2011 through June 15, 2011 TXDOT will conduct
maintenance on the MLK/Gulf Gate Bridge. Maximum air draft for
ALL VESSELS transiting the Sabine/Neches waterway will be reduced
AS OF 1748/21FEB11 THE CHANNEL CLOSED DUE TO DENSE FOG AND REMAINS
CLOSED AT THIS TIME. TRAFFIC IS EXPECTED TO MOVE INBOUND WHEN THE
Vessels that meet one of the following
criteria are considered daylight restricted.
85,000 Dead Weight or over
875 ft Length Over All or over
125 ft Beam or over
Please find the following updated daylight restriction times
from the Sabine Pilots for the Sabine/Neches Channel.
ExxonMobil 0500-0930 Hrs
Oil Tanking 0500-1000 Hrs
Sun Terminal 0500-1030 Hrs
Chevron 0500-1030 Hrs
Motiva Pt. Neches 0500-1130 Hrs
Total 0500-1200 Hrs
ExxonMobil 0600-1300 Hrs
Oil Tanking 0600-1330 Hrs
Sun Terminal 0600-1400 Hrs
Chevron 0600-1400 Hrs
Motiva Pt. Neches 0600-1500 Hrs
Total 0600-1500 Hrs
Fina Anchorage 0600-1530 Hrs
CHANNEL DRAFT:MAX.40FT FW.
AIRDRAFT :MAX. 136FT AT 40FT FW.(THREE BRIDGES)
TERMINALS REQUIRING AIRDRAFT RESTRICTION:
PORT OF PORT ARTHUR
PORT OF ORANGE
EXXONMOBIL REFIN. AND CHEMICAL.
PORT OF BEAUMONT
YELLOW/ELEVATED - MARSEC 1
USCG – clarification re salvage and marine firefighting
The US Coast Guard issued a clarification regarding its salvage and marine
firefighting requirements for vessel response plans (VRPs) for oil. On
September 3, the agency announced that the Office of Management and Budget
(OMB) had approved the collection of information associated with those
requirements. The announcement also indicated that the requirement would be
enforced beginning September 3. The Coast Guard has now clarified that the
information collection will be enforced as of February 22, 2011, when the
salvage and marine firefighting regulations come into force. 75 Fed. Reg.
55973 (September 15, 2010).
The weather during the next seven days can be best described as unsettled
as three weather systems will affect Southeast Texas during this period.
Tonight, a front will move into the area and stall along the coast. Low
rain chances and a little cooling can be expected. Late Thursday/Early
Friday, another stronger front should move through the area with scattered
showers and thunderstorms. Sunny skies are expected Friday Afternoon.
Another round of showers and thunderstorms can be expected Sunday. By
Monday, a fairly strong cold front will sweep through Southeast Texas Late.
Tonight, a weak cold front will move through Southeast Texas and then stall
along the coast. A slight 20% chance of light rainfall is forecasted.
Mostly cloudy skies and patchy fog is expected to develop. Lows will be in
the middle-fifties. Southerly winds will turn towards the northeast.
Tuesday, the front along the coast will ease back to the north as a warm
front during the afternoon. Northeasterly winds will slowly turn back
around towards the east. Mostly cloudy skies and a 20% chance of showers
is expected. Highs will be in then upper-sixties.
Wednesday, a breezy, moist, southerly flow off the Gulf of Mexico will
resume. This will boost humidity levels up again. Mostly cloudy skies are
forecasted. with a 20% chance of showers. Lows will be in the upper-
fifties with afternoon highs in the lower-seventies.
Thursday, another cold front will move into the area late. A 40% chance of
showers and thunderstorms is forecasted ahead of the front during the
afternoon and evening hours. Breezy, southerly winds will continue. Lows
will be in the lower-sixties with afternoon highs in the middle-seventies.
Friday, a drier, rather than cooler air mass will build into Southeast
Texas behind the Pacific cold front. West and northwesterly winds will
quickly turn back towards the east. Sunny skies are forecasted. Lows will
be in the middle-fifties with highs in the upper-seventies.
Saturday, mostly sunny to partly cloudy skies are expected. A breezy,
south to southeasterly flow will resume. Lows will be in the lower-fifties
with afternoon highs in the middle-seventies.
Sunday, partly sunny skies are forecasted with a 40% chance of showers and
thunderstorms developing during the afternoon. Lows will be in the upper-
fifties with afternoon highs in the upper-seventies. Breezy southerly
winds are forecasted.
Monday, partly sunny skies and a 20% chance of showers is forecasted. A
fairly strong cold front will sweep through Southeast Texas during the
evening. South winds will shift towards the west. Lows will be in the
lower-sixties with afternoon highs in the middle-seventies.
Short Term Forecast
Triangle Tonight: Mostly cloudy with patchy fog developing, 10%
showers...1/5" rainfall forecasted. Low near: 56 Winds: S shifting NE 3-8
Triangle Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, 20% showers...1/4" rainfall forecasted.
High near: 69 Winds: NE-E 5-12 mph.
Lakes Tonight: Mostly cloudy with patchy fog, 20% showers...1/4" rainfall
forecasted. Low near: 53 Winds: S shifting N 2-7 mph.
Lakes Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, 10% showers...1/5" rainfall forecasted.
High near: 68 Winds: NE-E 3-8 mph.
Wednesday: Mostly cloudy, warm, humid & breezy with a 20% showers ...1/4"
rainfall forecasted. Low near: 58 High near: 72 Winds: SE-E 8-15 mph.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, warm, humid & breezy with a 40% showers and
thunderstorms late...1/3" to 1/2" rainfall forecasted. Low near: 61 High
near: 74 Winds: S 8-20 mph.
Friday: Sunny, drier...no rainfall forecasted. Low near: 54 High near:
78 Winds: W-N/E 2-7 mph.
Saturday: Mostly sunny to partly cloudy, warm & breezy...no rainfall
forecasted. Low near: 51 High near: 76 Winds: SE-S 6-20 mph.
Sunday: Partly sunny, breezy, warm & humid, 40% showers &
thunderstorms...1/3" to 1/2" rainfall forecasted. Low near: 58 High near:
78 Winds: S 6-15 mph.
Monday: Partly sunny, breezy, warm, humid & breezy, 20% showers...1/4"
rainfall forecasted. Low near: 62 High near: 76 Winds: S shifting W 8-22
|Notice posted on Tuesday, February 22, 2011|
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.