News Alert

Port of Houston

July 06, 2024


The Captain of the Port (COTP) has set Port Condition X-Ray for the ports of Houston, Galveston, Freeport and Texas City. Heavy weather from Hurricane Beryl is expected to make landfall within 48 hours. A temporary safety zone is in effect for that portion of Sector Houston-Galveston’s Captain of the Port Zone (as defined in 33 CFR 3.40-28) west of GIWW MM-319.5 to include the ports of Houston, Galveston, Freeport and Texas City and all surrounding navigable waterways.
• Vessels are to continue to submit their Remain in Port checklist.
• Departing orders for vessels without approval to remain in port shall begin.
• Commence clearing vessels from Bolivar Anchorage.
• Vessels may be required to have an assist vessel for bunkering and lightering operations.
• Suspend all cargo transfers when winds reach 40 mph.
• Disconnect transfer hoses/arms when winds reach 50 mph.
• Smaller vessels shall seek shelter in preparation for possible port closure.
• All containers stored near flood-prone areas should be moved.
• Reminder: Port Closure (ZULU) may be set 12 hours ahead of expected arrival of tropical storm conditions.
This MSIB supersedes MSIB 16-24. All port entities are advised to review appropriate Heavy Weather Plans and prepare for setting Port Condition Yankee All documents (checklists & forms) mentioned in this MSIB can be found on Sector Houston-Galveston’s Homeport page under Local Contingency Plans. Please address questions to the Sector Houston-Galveston Command Center at (866) 539-8114. This bulletin shall remain active until cancelled or superseded by another bulletin


  • MSIB_17-24_Port_Condition_XRAY_Hurricane_Beryl.pdf(308 KB )

Disclaimer: For quality assurance purposes please note well that while the information contained in this website 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.

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