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Subject:Sabine/Neches Daily Update
Date:Tuesday, April 21, 2020
Gulf of Mexico Planner - 042120.pdf    
Gulf of Mexico Sea Fog Forecast_04212020.pdf    




Sabine Pilots advise there is currently no daylight restricted traffic scheduled for the 21st.


As per attached forecast, fog is expected thru the 24th.







COVID-19 Corona Virus Information

The latest Marine Safety Bulletin (MSIB 9-20 issued 3/16) from USCG is attached. Additional information and links are provided below.


Presidential Proclamations have placed entry restrictions from persons arriving from or through the following countries: Iran, China (excluding Hong Kong and Macau), the European states within the Schengen Area

(Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and Switzerland), and beginning at 11:59 p.m. eastern standard daylight savings time on March 16, 2020, United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland.














Closure Times





Jan 02nd – 1315 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Jan 02nd – 2000 (Pilot service resumed)

Jan 10th – 1500 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Jan 11th – 0001 (Pilot service suspended (high winds))

Jan 11th – 0730 (Pilot service resumed)

Jan 13th – 1553 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Jan 16th – 1830 (Pilot service resumed)

Jan 18th – 0030 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Jan 18th – 2030 (Pilot service resumed)

Jan 22nd – 1449 (Pilot service suspended (high winds))

Jan 23rd – 0930 (Pilot service resumed)

Feb 04th – 2130 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Feb 05th – 1400 (Pilot service resumed)

Feb 10th – 0106 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Feb 11th – 2230 (Pilot service resumed)

Feb 11th – 2300 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Feb 12th – 1430 (Pilot service resumed)

Feb 16th – 0030 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Feb 16th – 1230 (Pilot service resumed)

Feb 17th – 0130 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Feb 19th – 0600 (Pilot service resumed)

Feb 20th – 1945 (Pilot service suspended (high winds))

Feb 21st – 1030 (Pilot service resumed)

Mar 02nd – 2130 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 03rd – 1330 (Pilot service resumed)

Mar 03rd – 2053 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 04th – 1030 (Pilot service resumed)

Mar 04th – 1350 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 04th – 1410 (Pilot service resumed)

Mar 04th – 2000 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 05th – 0500 (Pilot service resumed)

Mar 10th – 0720 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 13th – 0001 (Pilot service resumed)

Mar 13th – 0730 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 15th – 0100  (Pilot service resumed)

Mar 15th – 0900 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 15th – 1600 (Pilot service resumed)

Mar 16th – 2130 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 18th – 1300 (Pilot service resumed)

Mar 23rd – 0150 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 23rd – 1300 (Pilot service resumed)
Mar 25th – 0400 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Mar 25th – 0930 (Pilot service resumed)

Apr 07th – 1300 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Apr 08th – 1230 (Pilot service resumed)

Apr 12th – 0926 (Pilot service 29/30 buoy suspended (high winds))

Apr 12th – 0957 (Pilot service at SB buoy suspended (high winds))

Apr 12th – 1730 (Pilot service resumed)

Apr 18th – 0515 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Apr 18th – 1330 (Pilot service resumed)

Apr 19th – 0340 (Pilot service suspended (fog))

Apr 19th – 1530 (Pilot service resumed)


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


•        <span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Max Safe Draft 40ft FW

•        <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

•        <span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Navigational Charts NOAA 11341, 11342 & 11343 cover the entire waterway

•        <span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">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                        0500-1100 Hrs   Approx Transit time “SB” Buoy to Berth – 8hrs

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

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Sun Terminal                      0500-1200 Hrs

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Phillips 66                            0500-1200 Hrs

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Motiva PN                           0500-1300 Hrs

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Total                                      0500-1330 Hrs   Approx Transit time “SB” Buoy to Berth – 5.5hrs




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

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Enterprise BMW               0600-1500 Hrs

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

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Phillips 66                            0600-1530 Hrs

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Motiva PN                           0600-1630 Hrs

<span-size:11.0pt;font-family:"Calibri",sans-serif">Total                                      0600-1700 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 Tuesday, April 21, 2020

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.