|Subject:||SABINE / NECHES CHANNEL CLOSED DUE TO FOG.|
|Date:||Tuesday, April 04, 2006|
|Notice:||Current security level)|
YELLOW/ELEVATED - MARSEC 1
AS OF 0330/4TH THE SABINE/NECHES CHANNEL WAS CLOSED DUE TO DENSE FOG.
TRAFFIC IS EXPECTED TO MOVE INBOUND WHEN THE FOG CLEARS.
Updated Daylight Restriction Times From The
Sabine Pilots For The Sabine/Neches Channel.
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
ExxonMobil 0500-1130 Hrs
Oil Tanking 0500-1200 Hrs
Sun Terminal 0500-1230 Hrs
Unocal 0500-1230 Hrs
Motiva Pt. Neches 0500-1330 Hrs
Total 0500-1400 Hrs
ExxonMobil 0600-1500 Hrs
Oil Tanking 0600-1530 Hrs
Sun Terminal 0600-1600 Hrs
Unocal 0600-1600 Hrs
Motiva Pt. Neches 0600-1700 Hrs
Total 0600-1700 Hrs
Fina Anchorage 0600-1730 Hrs
Will revert with updates as provided by the Sabine Pilot.
RIVER DRAFT:MAX.40FT FW.
AIRDRAFT :MAX. 136FT AT 40FT FW.(THREE BRIDGES)
HIGH TIDES: 1213/4th
LOW TIDES : --------
PLEASE NOTE:TIDAL CONDITIONS HAVE
LITTLE OR NO EFFECT TO DRAFT.
TERMINALS REQUIRING AIRDRAFT RESTRICTION:
PORT OF PORT ARTHUR & BEAUMONT/ATOFINA/HUNTSMAN
MOTIVA-PT NECHES/UNOCAL/OIL TANKING/DUPONT/TEPPCO
EXXONMOBIL REFIN. AND CHEMICAL.
ADVISORIES: (Security level)
YELLOW/ELEVATED - MARSEC 1
***A new Notice of Arrival enforcement policy has been generated by HQ
and they have established a very strict stance to NOA violations such
that nolatitude is authorized for NOA submittal violations. That means
if a vessel is required to submit a 24 hour NOA, the vessel will wait 24
hours from the time of submittal before entering port, and if a vessel is
required to 96 hour NOA, the vessel will wait 96 hours from the time of
submittal before entering port. There will be no option to enter port
prior to the applicable time frames, under any condition.
Marine Safety Office Port Arthur wants to remind the maritime community
to completely satisfy the Notice of Arrival (NOA) requirements. The NOA
is vital to the Coast Guard’s efforts to assess the possible threats
posed by a particular vessel. It is therefore imperative that the
information contained in the NOA is proper and accurate. Shipping
agencies are advised that effective immediately, vessels submitting
incomplete or inaccurate NOA’s to the National Vessel Movement Center
(NVMC) can expect denial of port entry until all required information is
submitted and the full time requirement as specified by Title 33, Part
160, Subpart C of the Code of Federal Regulations has been met. Vessels
found in port that do not have complete NOAs will be subject to civil
penalties and possible expulsion from port.
The Coast Guard will adhere strictly to the above requirements with
respect to NOAs and vessel entry. To avoid these unnecessary
consequences from failure to follow the NOA requirements, vessel agents
should take the utmost care in verifying that the information contained
in the NOA is complete and accurate.
*WEATHER: MOSTLY SUNNY
WINDS: EAST/SOUTHEAST AT 5 TO 18 KNOTS
SEAS AT 2 TO 4 FEET
|Notice posted on Tuesday, April 04, 2006|
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.