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Subject:Sabine/Neches Daily Update
Date:Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Priority:Normal
Notice:PILOT/TRAFFIC ADVISORIES:

***SPECIAL NOTICE UPDATE***

Beginning March 16, 2011 through June 16, 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
to 134ft.

THE ANNUAL RIVERFEST AT PORT NECHES PARK WILL TAKE PLACE APRIL 29TH - MAY
1ST. THE CHANNEL WILL BE CLOSED AT THE FOLLOWING TIMES. THE CLOSURES WILL
NOT AFFECT TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS OR ANY DOCK BELOW TOTAL.

APRIL 29TH - 1500-1830
APRIL 30TH - 0830-2200
MAY 1ST - 0900-1800 (COULD EXTEND TO 2200 IF RAIN-OUT ON APRIL 30TH)

NO INBOUND OUR OUTBOUND TRAFFIC ABOVE TOTAL PETROCHEMICALS DURING THESE
TIMES.

ONE DAYLIGHT RESTRICTED VESSEL STARTED OUTBOUND TRANSIT 0600/27TH. TWO
DAYLIGHT RESTRICTED VESSELS ARE SCHEDULED FOR INBOUND TRANSIT APPROX
1030/27TH.

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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.

(INBOUND)

ExxonMobil 0500-1130 Hrs
Oil Tanking 0500-1200 Hrs
Sun Terminal 0500-1230 Hrs
Chevron 0500-1230 Hrs
Motiva Pt. Neches 0500-1330 Hrs
Total 0500-1400 Hrs

(OUTBOUND)

ExxonMobil 0600-1500 Hrs
Oil Tanking 0600-1530 Hrs
Sun Terminal 0600-1600 Hrs
Chevron 0600-1600 Hrs
Motiva Pt. Neches 0600-1700 Hrs
Total 0600-1700 Hrs
Fina Anchorage 0600-1730 Hrs

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CHANNEL DRAFT:MAX.40FT FW.
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AIRDRAFT :MAX. 136FT AT 40FT FW.(THREE BRIDGES)
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TERMINALS REQUIRING AIRDRAFT RESTRICTION:

PORT OF PORT ARTHUR
PABTEX/GLOBAL
PORT OF ORANGE
TOTAL
HUNTSMAN
MOTIVA-PT NECHES
UNOCAL/CHEVRON
OIL TANKING
DUPONT
TEPPCO
EXXONMOBIL REFIN. AND CHEMICAL.
PORT OF BEAUMONT

***

U.S.C.G ADVISORIES:
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).

***

WEATHER

Forecast Discussion

A severe weather outbreak is forecasted across Northeast Texas this
evening. Locally, we will be monitoring this very closely should storms
head our way. Otherwise, a slight chance of rain and thunderstorms
expected tonight and early Wednesday as a "cold" front pushes through the
area. Sunny, warm, dry afternoons and cool nights are expected Thursday
and Friday as high pressure dominates our weather. As the high moves east
of the area, strong southerly winds and moisture return with cloudiness
Sunday. Good news! Rain is again in the forecast Late Sunday Night,
Monday and Early Tuesday as a slow-moving cold front pushes through the
area.

Tonight we will be closely monitoring the radar. At this point, all of the
severe weather has been far to our north in Northeast Texas. Not to say
that we are out of the woods, but it seems that the threat of severe
weather is low. There is a Tornado Watch for Hardin, Jasper, Newton and
Tyler Counties until 10PM Tonight. I am watching a thunderstorm near
Austin because it's trajectory would take it over the Lakes Area. For now,
a 20% chance of thunderstorm is in the forecast under cloudy skies tonight.
Lows will be in the lower-to-middle seventies. Windy south winds will
likely gust above 25 mph tonight.

Wednesday, a "cold" front will sweep through the area during the late-
morning hours. A 20% chance of rain is in the forecast with it's passage.
By the early afternoon hours we should see sunny skies. Winds will shift
from the south and southwest to the northwest behind the front as a drier
air mass takes hold. Highs will be near-record levels - in the upper-
eighties.

Thursday and Friday look beautiful with cool nights and sunny, dry,
pleasant afternoons. Lows will be in the middle-fifties Thursday Morning
and near-sixty Friday Morning. Highs will be in the lower-eighties. Winds
will be north to northeasterly on Thursday and east to southeasterly on
Friday as cold high pressure begins to move out of the area.

By Saturday, with high pressure east of our are, windy south winds will
return with increasing moisture levels. Morning cloudiness will give way
to mostly sunny skies during the afternoon hours. Lows will be in the
lower-seventies with afternoon highs in the middle-eighties. South winds
will be windy.

Sunday, morning cloudiness will become partly sunny during the afternoon
hours. It will feel noticeably more humid. Lows will be in the middle-
seventies with afternoon highs in the middle-eighties. Windy south winds
will continue.

By Sunday Night Late, a 40% chance of showers and thunderstorms enters the
forecast.

Monday, another cold front will stumble into the area. This will set the
stage for a soaking rain - 50% chance throughout the day. Cloudy skies and
the chance for rain will keep temperatures cooler than normal. Lows will
be near-sixty with highs in the lower-to-middle seventies. Northerly winds
are expected.

Tuesday, a 30% chance of residual rainfall during the morning will end and
we'll see sunny skies develop during the afternoon. Lows will be in the
middle-fifties with afternoon highs in the middles-seventies. Breezy
northeasterly winds are expected.

Short Term Forecast

Triangle Tonight: Cloudy, warm, humid and windy with a 10% chance of
showers. Low near: 74. Winds: S 16-24 mph.

Triangle Wednesday: 20% chance of morning rain, afternoon clearing, near-
record highs, breezy. High near: 89. Winds: S shifting NW 15-28 mph.

Lakes Tonight: Cloudy, warm, humid and windy with a 20% chance of
thunderstorms. Low near: 73. Winds: S 12-20 mph.

Lakes Wednesday: 20% chance of morning rain, afternoon clearing, very warm
and breezy. High near: 88. Winds: SW shifting NW 12-24 mph.

Extended Forecast

Thursday: Sunny with low humidity. Low near: 56. High near: 82. Winds:
N-NE 5-14 mph.

Friday: Sunny, windy with low humidity. Low near: 60. High near: 81.
Winds: E-SE 8-20 mph.

Saturday: Morning cloudiness becoming mostly sunny, very warm, and windy.
Low near: 73. High near: 85. Winds: S 15-28 mph.

Sunday: Morning cloudiness becoming partly sunny, very warm, humid and
windy with a 40% chance of rain and thunderstorms late night. Low near:
75. High near: 86. Winds: S 12-25 mph.

Monday: Mostly cloudy, 50% chance of rain, cooler. Low near: 60. High
near: 74. Winds: N 8-15 mph.

Tuesday: 30% chance of morning rain, afternoon clearing. Low near: 57.
High near: 77. Winds: NE 12- 25 mph.
Notice posted on Wednesday, April 27, 2011

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.