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Subject:Sabine/Neches Daily Update
Date:Friday, April 13, 2018
Seafog Outlook_04132018.pdf    

PILOT/TRAFFIC ADVISORIES <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">


Sabine Pilots advise that four daylight restricted vessels started outbound transit at 0600/13th.

Four daylight restricted vessels are scheduled for inbound transit approx 1100/13th.



U.S.C.G ADVISORIES:<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">







Seafog outlook is attached.


Gulf of Mexico Synopsis - April 13, 2018 Enhanced southeast winds are already beginning to develop across the Gulf of Mexico this morning in response to a strong upper low over the Central US.  Over time, near-rough to rough seas will gradually overspread the gulf from west to east through Friday night.  The next major impacts will entail a potent cold front, which is forecast to move off the Texas Coast during the overnight hours and closer to midnight, eventually pushing east through the rest of the north central gulf through the morning hours on Saturday.  Most locations will experience advisory criteria of 7-9 foot seas before the front's arrival, while increasing conditions behind the front will support 8-12 feet significant wave heights and locally higher amounts to potentially 14-15 feet.  Adding to an already complicated forecast, there is potential for a strong squall line to accompany the front, which could pose locally enhanced winds and seas as well.  Ultimately, enhanced north winds behind the front will begin to taper off from west to east Saturday night into Sunday afternoon.  High pressure will then regain control of the gulf with calmer conditions returning to the region early next week.

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CUSTOMS AND BORDER PROTECTION INFO<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">




Closure Times<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">





Jan 1st – 1400 (Reduced channel draft 38ft 06in) North winds <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Jan 2nd – 1400 (Draft restriction lifted) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Jan 7th – 1905 (Pilot service suspended (fog)) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Jan 8th – 0430 (Pilot service resumed) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Jan 10th – 0130 (Pilot service suspended (fog)) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Jan 10th – 0930 (Pilot service resumed) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Jan 10th – 1333 (Pilot service suspended (fog)) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Jan 11th – 1200 (Pilot service resumed)<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Jan 12th – 0001 (Pilot service suspended to SB Buoy (high winds/seas)) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Jan 12th – 1030 (Pilot service resumed to SB Buoy) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Jan 16th – 1000 (Pilot service suspended (high winds/seas)) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Jan 17th – 1200 (Pilot service resumed) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Jan 21st – 0340 (Pilot service suspended (fog)) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Jan 22nd – 0700 (Pilot service resumed) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Jan 27th – 1400 (Pilot service suspended (fog)) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Jan 28th – 1200 (Pilot service resumed) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 3rd – 2230 (Pilot service suspended (fog)) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 4th – 1030 (Pilot service resumed) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 5th – 2230 (Pilot service suspended (fog)) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 7th – 0930 (Pilot service resumed) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 9th – 1810 (Pilot service suspended (fog)) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 11th – 1230 (Pilot service resumed) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 14th – 0134 (Pilot service suspended (fog)) <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 16th - 1300 (Pilot service resumed outbound only with limited draft movements of 33ft)<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 16th - 1900 (Pilot service suspended (fog))<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 19th – 0700 (Pilot service resumed)<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 20th – 0150 (Pilot service suspended (fog))<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 20th – 1030 (Pilot service resumed)<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 20th – 2018 (Pilot service suspended (fog))<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 21st – 1100 (Pilot service resumed)<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 21st – 1940 (Pilot service suspended to SB Buoy (fog))<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 21st – 2225 (Pilot service suspended to 29/30 Buoy (fog))<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 22nd – 1100 (Pilot service resumed)<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 22nd – 1830 (Pilot service suspended (fog))<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 24th – 0030 (Pilot service resumed)<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 27th – 1630 (Pilot service suspended (fog))<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Feb 28th – 0200 (Pilot service resumed)<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Mar 17th – 0320 (Pilot service suspended (fog))<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Mar 17th – 1730 (Pilot service resumed)<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Mar 18th – 1815 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 19th – 1300 (Pilot service resumed)


•           Vessels 85,000 DWT or over, 875 FT LOA or over or 125FT beam or over will transit during daylight hours only above Texaco Island. Only         one(1) of the limitations has to be met to restrict a vessel.<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

•           Daylight Restriction times are based on the daylight hours and are adjusted according to sun rise/sun set.  Current times as follows, the           terminals shown are the ones that handle Aframax size vessels which are typically daylight restricted.<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">




ExxonMobil                  0500-1100 Hrs Approx Transit time “SB” Buoy to Berth – 8hrs <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Enterprise BMW            0500-1130 Hrs <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Sun Terminal                 0500-1200 Hrs <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Phillips 66                     0500-1200 Hrs<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Motiva PN                     0500-1300 Hrs <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Total                             0500-1300 Hrs Approx Transit time “SB” Buoy to Berth – 5.5hrs <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">




ExxonMobil                  0600-1430 Hrs <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Enterprise BMW            0600-1500 Hrs<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Sun Terminal                 0600-1530 Hrs <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Phillips 66                     0600-1530 Hrs <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Motiva PN                     0600-1630 Hrs <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

Total                             0600-1700 Hrs <span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">


•       Vessels with the combined beam of one-half the width of the channel will not meet/pass day or night.<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">

•       Any vessel that meets or exceeds either or both 860FT LOA or 120FT beam will require two pilots.<span-family:"Arial",sans-serif">



Notice posted on Friday, April 13, 2018

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.