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Subject:Sabine/Neches Daily Update
Date:Thursday, May 11, 2023
Gulf of Mexico Planner - 051123.pdf    
Gulf of Mexico Sea Fog Forecast_05112023.pdf    

Sabine Pilots advise one daylight restricted vessel sailed 0600/11th.  At this time, no inbound daylight restricted traffic is scheduled for the 11th.

During our most recent SETWAC Full Committee Meeting, US Army Corps of Engineers has reported the following update regarding the Deepening and Widening Project- Contract 2A (Offshore) is scheduled to finish in the June/July 2023 timeframe.  We will be putting out Contract 2B (Offshore to Cheniere) and Contract 3 (Cheniere to Texaco Island) later this year (Estimated July 2023).  We are actively pursuing additional updates and information for the project however the Navigation District seems reluctant to provide information to local committees and waterway user groups.

Please see the following notes regarding the Sabine Neches Navigation District Deepening and Widening Project-

SNND secured 200 million in bonds recentlyFirst cut to 44’ from Taylors Bayou to Sea expected to begin June 2023.SNND will be collecting and selecting bids by end of year.They expect to use the dredge that is currently conducting maintenance dredging in the Neches.SNND is planning to start moving offshore pipelines in January. Many of the SETWAC members suggested delaying the pipeline moves to the Spring due to inclement weather in January. Their concerns with moving pipelines in January also included delays from fog and SNND shutting down the channel to move the pipelines could compound an already challenging time of year.

Other notes from SETWAC included the following-

Enterprise plans for a new (additional) South Dock at their current facility.  This dock will increase traffic by 20+ calls per month.  Ethane will be the primary cargo at the new dock.SETWAC plans to establish a sub-committee to discuss maximizing traffic efficiency and tug utilization, as there is a considerable concern for the lack of tugs on the waterway. Tad Collier has been selected to be on the sub-committee  




2022 Channel Closures:

Jan 03rd – 0930  Pilot service resumed

Jan 10th – 0320 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Jan 10th – 0900 Pilot service resumed

Jan 10th – 2115 Pilot service suspended (fog)
Jan 11th – 1030 Pilot service resumed

Jan 17th – 0200 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Jan 18th – 1000 Pilot service resumed

Feb 08th – 0340 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Feb 08th – 1330 Pilot service resumed

Feb 14th – 2130 Pilot service suspended(fog)

Feb 15th – 1230 Pilot service resumed

Feb 20th – 1830 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Feb 21st – 1130 Pilot service resumed

Feb 22nd – 0430 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Feb 22nd – 1030 Pilot service resumed

Feb 23rd – 0050 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Feb 23rd – 1030 Pilot service resumed

Feb 23rd – 1215 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Feb 23rd – 1900 Pilot service resumed

Feb 23rd – 2150 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Feb 24th – 1530 Pilot service resumed

Feb 24th – 1725 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Feb 25th – 1330 Pilot service resumed

Feb 27th – 0500 Pilot service resumed

Feb 27th – 2240 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Feb 28th – 1100 Pilot service resumed

Feb 28th – 1800 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Mar 01st – 1030 Pilot service resumed

Mar 06th – 1850 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Mar 07th – 1030 Pilot service resumed

Mar 07th – 1945 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Mar 08th – 0830 Pilot service resumed

Mar 08th – 1815 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Mar 09th – 0600 Pilot service resumed

Mar 17th – 0415 Pilot service suspended (high winds/seas)

Mar 17th – 0900 Pilot service resumed

Mar 23rd – 0100 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Mar 23rd – 1400 Pilot service resumed

Mar 23rd – 1900 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Mar 24th – 0600 Pilot service resumed

Mar 31st – 0600 Pilot service suspended (Capsized tug boat)

Apr 01st – 1925 Pilot service resumed

Apr 02nd – 1300 Pilot service suspended (Tug salvage operations)

Apr 02nd – 2140 Pilot service resumed

Apr 03rd – 0520 Pilot service suspended (fog)

Apr 03rd – 1230 Pilot service resumed

General Channel Restrictions/Info

*   Max Safe Draft 40ft FW
*   Air Draft above Valero Terminal – Less than 136ft for passing 3 fixed bridges
*   800ft wide channel from 29/30 Buoy to Texaco Island
*   400ft wide channel from Texas Island to Port of Beaumont
*   “SB” Buoy is located at Lat. 29-25N Lon. 93-40W
*   Navigational Charts NOAA 11341, 11342 & 11343 cover the entire waterway
*   Sabine Pilots

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.
*   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.


ExxonMobil                        0500-1030 Hrs   Approx Transit time “SB” Buoy to Berth – 8hrs
Enterprise BMW               0500-1130 Hrs
Sun Terminal                      0500-1200 Hrs
Phillips 66                            0500-1200 Hrs
Motiva PN                           0500-1330 Hrs
Total                                      0500-1400 Hrs   Approx Transit time “SB” Buoy to Berth – 5.5hrs


ExxonMobil                        0600-1400 Hrs
Enterprise BMW               0600-1430 Hrs
Sun Terminal                      0600-1500 Hrs
Phillips 66                            0600-1530 Hrs
Motiva PN                           0600-1530 Hrs
Total                                      0600-1430 Hrs

*   Vessels with the combined beam of one-half the width of the channel will not meet/pass day or night.
*   Any vessel that meets or exceeds either or both 860FT LOA or 120FT beam will require two pilots.

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.

Notice posted on Thursday, May 11, 2023

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.