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Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***CHANNEL RE-OPENED***11/30/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***CHANNEL CLOSED DUE TO FOG***11/29/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***CHANNEL CLOSED DUE TO FOG***11/29/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***CHANNEL CLOSED DUE TO FOG***11/28/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***TRAFFIC RESTRICTIONS DUE TO TPC FIRE***11/28/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***TRAFFIC TO RESUME / USCG SAFETY ZONE ESTABLISHED***11/27/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***CHANNEL CLOSED***11/27/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update 11/26/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update 11/25/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update 11/22/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update 11/21/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***PILOT SERVICE RESUMED*** 11/20/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***PILOT SERVICE SUSPENDED - FOG*** 11/19/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***CHANNEL OPEN*** 11/19/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***PILOT SERVICE SUSPENDED - FOG*** 11/19/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update 11/18/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***UPDATE - CHANNEL OPENED WITH RESTRICTIONS*** 11/14/2019 High
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***UPDATE - CHANNEL CLOSED PER USCG*** 11/14/2019 High
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***CHANNEL CLOSED PER USCG*** 11/14/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update 11/13/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***PILOT SERVICE RESUMED***11/12/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***PILOT SERVICE SUSPENDED - HIGH WINDS***11/12/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***PILOT SERVICE SUSPENDED - HIGH WINDS***11/11/2019 High
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***PILOT SERVICE SUSPENDED - FOG***11/11/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update11/08/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***PILOT SERVICE RESUMED***11/07/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***PILOT SERVICE SUSPENDED - FOG***11/07/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update11/06/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update11/05/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***UPDATED DAYLIGHT RESTRICTION TIMES***11/04/2019 Normal
Sabine/Neches Daily Update 11/01/2019 Normal

 Daily Port Update

Subject:Sabine/Neches Daily Update ***UPDATE - CHANNEL CLOSED PER USCG***
Date:Thursday, November 14, 2019



As of 0445/14th the USCG closed the Sabine/Neches Waterway to any inbound/outbound traffic.  A tug/barge unit collided with

an offshore supply vessel near the Sabine Pass Jetty.  The supply vessel is leaking fuel and the USCG is assessing the situation.

No projection has been given as to when traffic will be able to resume.





<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">The US Coast Guard MSU Port Arthur’s Vessel Traffic Service held a Port Coordination Team conference call today at 1300 hours in order to address traffic concerns due to a channel closure resulting from an early morning collision inside the Sabine Jetties.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">


Your Maritime Affairs team participated on the call and has the following report:<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">


The USCG Captain of the Port advised:<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

·     <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">There was a collision between an ATB (articulated tug-barge) and OSV (offshore supply vessel) inside the Sabine Pass jetties early this morning, resulting in significant damage to the OSV, with fuel leaking into the water. 

·     <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">The ATB has been moved from the scene but the OSV is still there, and there is a sheen being reported. 

·     <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">Response personnel are on the scene.

·     <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">The ship channel is currently closed to all traffic. 


Only one of the vessels involved was named however the spelling was not confirmed and so this will not be reported.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">


The salvage team is trying to remove the OSV from the waterway ASAP in order to fully open the channel later this afternoon.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">


<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">If the OSV cannot be safely removed today, the USCG plan to open the channel for one-way traffic. This will be a last resort decision because it is preferable to remove the damaged vessel, so that wakes do not cause additional problems with it.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">


The weather forecast is good through Monday, so that does not appear to be a factor.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">


Sabine Pilots reported:<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">

·     <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">They currently have 9 vessels awaiting inbound transit, and 9 awaiting departure. 

·     <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">Once the channel is reopened, they will start some inbound traffic destined to the lower channel region ahead of the daylight-restricted outbound vessels, then move the other inbound traffic either tonight or, if limited to one-way traffic, then beginning at first light tomorrow morning.

·     <span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">If one-way traffic is implemented, there will be no passing/overtaking allowed in the vicinity of the damaged vessel.


<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">The US Army Corps of Engineers will have survey assets in the area on Saturday morning in order to confirm there are no obstructions or shoaling in the area resulting from this situation.<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:black">


<span-size:9.0pt;font-family:"Verdana",sans-serif;color:#000090">If the OSV cannot be removed today there will be another PCT conference call tomorrow to update on the situation.






Info attached.










Closure Times





Jan 17th – 0825 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Jan 17th – 1100 (Pilot service resumed)

Jan 17th – 1425 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Jan 17th – 1930 (Pilot service resumed)

Jan 18th – 0200 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Jan 18th – 2000 (Pilot service resumed)

Jan 19th – 1255 (Pilot service suspended to SB and 29/30 Buoys (high winds))

Jan 20th – 0700 (Pilot service resumed)

Jan 29th – 0030 (Pilot service suspended to SB and 29/30 Buoys (high winds))

Jan 29th – 1300 (Pilot service resumed)

Feb 1st – 0500 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Feb 1st – 1500 (Pilot service resumed)

Feb 2nd – 0133 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Feb 7th – 1300 (Pilot service resumed)

Feb 10th – 2220 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Feb 12th – 0400 (Pilot service resumed)

Feb 15th – 2359 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Feb 17th – 1330 (Pilot service resumed)

Feb 19th – 1237 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Feb 19th – 1400 (Pilot service resumed)

Feb 19th – 1625 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Feb 20th – 0900 (Pilot service resumed)

Feb 21st – 0820 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Feb 23rd – 1330 (Pilot service resumed)

Feb 27th – 0705 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Feb 27th – 1230 (Pilot service resumed)

Feb 27th – 1430 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Feb 28th – 1830 (Pilot service resumed)

Feb 28th – 2315 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 1st – 0600 (Pilot service resumed)

Mar 1st – 1925 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 2nd – 1200 (Pilot service resumed)

Mar 3rd – 0115 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 3rd – 1330 (Pilot service resumed)

Mar 7th – 1630 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 7th – 2330 (Pilot service resumed)

Mar 9th – 0200 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 9th – 1100 (Pilot service resumed)

Mar 9th – 1900 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 11th – 1400 (Pilot service resumed)

Mar 12th – 0530 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 12th – 1100 (Pilot service resumed)
Mar 12th – 1630 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 13th – 1000 (Pilot service resumed)

Apr 4th – 2156 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Apr 6th – 1430 (Pilot service resumed)

May 10th – 0300 (Pilot service suspended (barge in channel))

May 10th – 1630 (Pilot service resumed)

May 21st – 1100 (Pilot service suspended to SB Buoy (high winds))

May 22nd – 0600 (Pilot service resumed to SB Buoy)

Jun 6th – 0045 (Pilot service suspended (high winds))

Jun 6th – 1030 (Pilot service resumed)

July 10th – 1810 (Inbound transits suspended) PTC No.2

July 12th – 0500 (Inbound transits resumed)

July 13th – 1244 (Pilot service suspended (high winds))

July 14th – 0600 (Pilot service resumed)

July 14th – 0947 (Pilot service suspended (high winds))

July 15th – 0600 (Pilot service resumed)

Sep 19th -  0400  (Pilot service suspended (high winds))

Sep 20th – 0730 (pilot service resumed)

Oct 11th – 2000 (Pilot service suspended (high winds))

Oct 12th – 1230 (Pilot service resumed)

Oct 21st – 0600 (Pilot service suspended to SB Buoy (high winds))

Oct 21st – 1300 (Pilot service resumed)

Oct 30th – 0200 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Oct 30th – 1300  (Pilot service resumed)

Oct 31st – 0030 (Pilot service suspended (high winds))

Oct 31st – 1330 (Pilot service resumed)

Nov 7th – 0120 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Nov 7th – 1300 (Pilot service resumed)

Nov 11th – 0658 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Nov 11th – 1300 (Pilot service resumed)

Nov 11th – 2115 (Pilot service suspended (high winds))

Nov 12th – 1500 (Pilot service resumed)

Nov 14th – 0445 (Channel closed by USCG (tug/barge collision with supply vessel))


<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">General Channel Restrictions/Info


Max Safe Draft 40ft FW <span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif"> <span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Air Draft above Valero Terminal – Less than 136ft for passing 3 fixed bridges <span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">800ft wide channel from 29/30 Buoy to Texaco Island <span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">400ft wide channel from Texas Island to Port of Beaumont <span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">“SB” Buoy is located at Lat. 29-25N Lon. 93-40W Navigational Charts NOAA 11341, 11342 & 11343 cover the entire waterway<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;color:black">Sabine Pilots<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">


<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Sabine Pilot Restrictions


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-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",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-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">ExxonMobil                        0500-0930 Hrs   Approx Transit time “SB” Buoy to Berth – 8hrs

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Enterprise BMW               0500-1000 Hrs

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Sun Terminal                      0500-1030 Hrs

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Phillips 66                            0500-1030 Hrs

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Motiva PN                           0500-1130 Hrs

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Total                                      0500-1200 Hrs   Approx Transit time “SB” Buoy to Berth – 5.5hrs




<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">ExxonMobil                        0600-1230 Hrs

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Enterprise BMW               0600-1300 Hrs

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Sun Terminal                      0600-1330 Hrs

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Phillips 66                            0600-1330 Hrs

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Motiva PN                           0600-1430 Hrs

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Total                                      0600-1530 Hrs


Vessels with the combined beam of one-half the width of the channel will not meet/pass day or night. <span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Any vessel that meets or exceeds either or both 860FT LOA or 120FT beam will require two pilots.


<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif;background:yellow;mso-highlight:yellow">Vessels that do not exceed the above size restrictions can transit day or night consistent with other port traffic movements. Vessels that are daylight restricted will generally have priority to move before non-daylight restricted vessels.<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">


Notice posted on Thursday, November 14, 2019

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.