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20-Oct-2015

SUNKEN BARGE AT SHIP DOCK
Houston TX, USA
12-HOUR CHANNEL CLOSURE
Lower Mississippi River, USA
Sunken barge at ship dock
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, Houston TX, USA
At 0558 hours local time yesterday (19 October), the Vessel Traffic Service at Houston/Galveston directed no ship movements on the Houston Ship Channel from Kinder-Morgan Ship Dock 4 to Kinder-Morgan Ship Dock 2 due to a sunken barge across from Kinder-Morgan Ship Dock 1.UPDATE: Sunken tug/barge salvage operations continue on the green side across from Kinder-Morgan Ship Dock 1. Vessel Traffic Service Houston Galveston directs the following restrictions for all vessel movements on the Houston Ship Channel between Kinder-Morgan Ship Dock 4 to Kinder-Morgan Ship Dock 2. Widest possible berth, minimum safe speed, no meeting or overtaking, and draft restriction of 32 feet or less.UPDATE 2: VTS has advised that there is a channel closure pertaining to ships across from Kinder Morgan Galena park from 0900-1600 for salvage operations of the sunken barge from yesterday. They are advising that inland tows and our tugs are not affected by this obstruction and can pass the scene slow bell no wake.

For further details and information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com

12-hour channel closure
Tuesday, October 20, 2015, Lower Mississippi River, USA
There will be an upcoming 12-hour (or less) channel closure in the area of the Head of Passes on Tuesday, October 27, 2015, from 0800 hours to 2000 hours that will effectively close the channel to all vessels intending to transit Southwest Pass.This closure is scheduled to enable the removal of a submerged pipeline. The backup closure date will be Thursday, October 29, 2015.(For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at usa@gac.com)

Source: Louisiana Maritime Association Morning Report for October 20. 2015

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