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BOSTCO Opening to Ease Houston Ship Channel Congestion

When Battleground Oil Specialty Terminal (BOSTCO) on the Houston Ship Channel starts operations in October, ship channel congestion is likely to be lessened. BOSTCO will start operations in October 2013 with 2.84 million barrels of residual fuel oil and feedstock storage, about 40% of its earlier-announced 7.1 million-barrel capacity, report Platts, citing sources close to the project and Gulf Coast fuel oil traders.
 The BOSTCO terminal will offer two ship docks and three barge docks. The ship dock will be able to accommodate ships with a beam of 168 feet and draft of 45 feet and displacement tonnage of 205,000 mt. The barge docks can load a total of 12 barges each having a maximum length of 300 feet and a draft of 12 feet, according the company's website.
 Fuel oil blenders along the ship channel are eagerly awaiting BOSTCO's completion, which they say will open up more dock space and ease loading delays and costs.
 Source: Platts

Waterways to Reopen after Rita

The U.S. Coast Guard announced that the Houston Ship Channel is open to vessels of less than 35 ft., daylight transit only. The Freeport Ship Channel is open to vessels of less than 40 ft. The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is open for daylight transit from MM 317 to MM 242. The Neches River is open to daylight transit of tug and barge traffic from Beaumont to Sabine Pass. The Calcasieu River is open to daylight transit of tug and barge traffic from the I-10 Bridge to Cameron

Houston Ship Channel Reopened – Again

Houston Ship Channel reopened Friday after shutdown due to fog   The Houston Ship Channel reopened to all inbound and outbound vessel traffic on Friday after shutting on Thursday afternoon due to heavy fog, according to the Houston Pilots.   The largest U.S. petrochemical port was partially shut from midday Monday to early Thursday after a collision between a tanker carrying a gasoline additive and a bulk ship carrying steel. Fog forced another shutdown hours later.  

Traffic Continues Transits in Calcasieu Channel

In the Calcasieu Ship Channel, six vessels transited safely into the port and three are expected to transit outbound. The temporary Vessel Traffic Service staffed by Coast Guard personnel and industry stakeholders will control these movements. Contingency operational plans have been devised, as well as equipment and temporary dams placed in at risks areas, in the event of heavy rainfall in the area to counter any problems that may arise from such an event.

Shelter-in-place lifted, Houston Ship Channel reopened

Picture of Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Houston of the barge impact on the Houston Ship Channel.

  A shelter-in-place was lifted and the Houston Ship Channel was reopened at 2:08 p.m. Wednesday, after an incident in the upper ship channel that caused the release of as much as 23,000 gallons of naphtha (PTN). The Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and other agencies and responders are working together to ensure the safety of people in the area, responders and to minimize any impact to the environment if possible.

Houston Ship Channel Re-opens

An evacuation alert was rescinded Wednesday afternoon for a one-mile ring around a Rohm and Haas Co. chemical plant near Houston after a dangerously overheated tank of highly flammable acrylic acid was cooled by firefighters, the company said. A mile-long stretch of the Houston Ship Channel, which had been closed as a precaution on Wednesday morning, was reopened at about 6:00 p.m. local time. It was the second evacuation along the row of refineries and plants near Houston in three days

USACE Gets Bird’s-eye View of Houston Ship Channel Growth

Lt. Gen. Bostick prepares for liftoff in a city of Houston helicopter used in patrols over the Houston Ship Channel Security District, which includes PHAs terminal facilities.

The 53rd U.S. Army Chief of Engineers and Commanding General of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Lt. Gen. Thomas P. Bostick, visited the Port of Houston Authority last week and was given an aerial tour of the Houston Ship Channel as part of a briefing that highlighted economic growth along the federal waterway. He and Corps staff from the Galveston District met with Port Authority officials to review and discuss federal projects currently under way and planned for the Houston area

Houston Ship Channel Closed Due To Sunken Tugboat

A mile-long stretch of the Houston Ship Channel was closed to through traffic on Tuesday because of a sunken tugboat, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The channel, one of the nation's main shipping routes for oil and petrochemical products, was closed near the Washburn Tunnel after the 77-foot-long tugboat Vecturian sank, said Coast Guard Lt. Robert Schoen. Schoen said the cause of the accident was not yet known, but that the vessel, owned by Capital Towing, was slowly leaking the 25

T&T Bisso Refloats Sunken Tug

Photo courtesy T&T Bisso Marine

T&T Bisso refloated a tugboat that sank in the Houston Ship Channel. The company used the C/B Curtis T to prepare the sunken tug for lifting after its dive team recovered the body of a missing crewmember onboard the vessel. The vessel then was lifted to the surface by a derrick barge and dewatered. The 56-ft tug sank with five people aboard near the Sims Bayou turning basin. The other four crewmembers were rescued by nearby refinery workers.  

Collision Closes Houston Ship Channel

A chemical tanker collided with a moored barge near the San Jacinto Monument at approximately 9 p.m. today. The Captain of the Port Houston/Galveston closed the ship channel at 11 p.m. from San Jacinto Port Dock 4 to Light 133 due to oil spilled from the collision. The tanker Ievoli Splendor, a 544-foot chemical tanker, was mooring up at the Vopak Terminal in Deer Park, Texas, when the collision with the Kirby Marine barge happened causing a spill of heavy grade fuel oil C5.

USCG Completes Investigation into Ship Channel Death

The U.S. Coast Guard has completed its investigation into an incident in which a Mexican national was killed after being struck and by a patrol boat in the Brownsville Ship Channel in April.   The mishap investigation found that the female migrant was unintentionally struck by a patrolling

DP World Plans Big for the Panama Canal

Image: DP World

 DP World is expanding its container terminal at Port of Caucedo following the expansion of the Panama Canal to accommodate larger container ships, reports ASC.   DP World will increase the capacity of the port to 2.5-million TEU and started work to increase the depth of the quay wall

Draft Increase at Southwest Pass, Mississippi River

The draft for the Southwest Pass on the Mississippi River has been increased from 45 to 47 feet following dredging, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising. In early August, heavy silt deposits in the Mississippi River Delta caused by recent high upstream river levels reduced the

India to sell 5% stake in Dredging Corp

Photo: Dredging Corporation of India

 India will sell 5 per cent of its stake in the country's largest dredging company, Dredging Corporation of India (DCI).    The government will sell up to 1.4 million shares of face value of Rs 10 each, representing 5 percent of the total paid up equity share capital of the company

Forth Ports Invests in Grangemouth Refrigeration Containers

Port of Grangemouth. Photo:  Forth Ports Limited

 As part of the move to boost for importers and exporters of fresh produce using Scotland’s largest container terminal , the port of Grangemouth is to receive investment from its owners, Forth Ports Ltd to increase its capacity for refrigerated containers.   

Silt Deposits Reduce Mississippi River Draft

File Image: courtesy WCI

Heavy silt deposits in the Mississippi River Delta caused by recent high upstream river levels have led to a reduction from 47 to 45 feet for the maximum recommended draft for vessels using the Southwest Pass, Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) advised.  

Diesel Spill in Houston Ship Channel

A small section of the Upper Houston Ship Channel was closed Tuesday morning after a report of 1,000 gallons of diesel entered Greens Bayou from a cement facility, the U.S. Coast Guard announced.   Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received the initial report at 7:13 a.m

Intracoastal Waterway Reopened After Barge Collision

The Coast Guard assisted in response to a collision and fire early Monday morning in the Intracoastal Waterway near Bolivar Peninsula in Texas, July 20, 2015. (USCG photo)

The U.S. Coast Guard has fully reopened the Intracoastal Waterway (ICW) near Bolivar Peninsula, Texas Monday at 9:15 p.m. Monday, after closing it for a barge collision earlier in the day. At approximately 1:20 a.m. Monday, a collision occurred at ICW mile marker 349 involving two

Barge Collision Spill Impacts Houston Ship Channel

A section of a key Gulf Coast waterway was shut after two barges collided Monday, setting one afire and possibly spilling a gasoline additive near the entrance to the Houston Ship Channel, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The Intracoastal Waterway (ICW)

Kinder Morgan Mulls LPG, Product & Crude Exports

Kinder Morgan Inc is considering more export opportunities from Texas and the U.S. Northeast, including liquid petroleum gas, refined products and potentially crude, a top executive told analysts on Wednesday. "The market is very ripe in Houston right now

Bosphorus Strait Further Closure

Bosphorus - Large number of ship go through the Bosphorus.

  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) is advising that the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey will be closed in both directions on 15 July between 07:00-14:00 approximately due to the ongoing construction works on the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (initially named the Third Bosphorus Bridge).

Bosphorus Strait Closure


  Inchcape Shipping Services (ISS) has advised that the Bosphorus Strait in Turkey will be closed in both directions on 10 July between 06:00-14:00 approximately due to ongoing construction works on the Yavuz Sultan Selim Bridge (initially named the Third Bosphorus Bridge).

Rohde Nielsen Bags Port Tauranga Dredging Contract

Aerial 1 Port of Tauranga. Photo by The Port of Tauranga Limited

 Danish dredging company Rohde Nielsen has won the tender to complete dredging at the Port of Tauranga, New Zealand's largest port company.   The capital dredging program to deepen the Port of Tauranga to take the next generation of containerships calling on the New Zealand coast will

Tundra Aground in St. Lawrence Seaway

MV Tundra in the St. Lawrence Seaway, Canada. Photo by Canfornav

 The 185 meter long drybulk vessel MV Tundra (30,892dwt, built 2009) owned by Canfornav, part of the Canadian Forest Navigation Group, has run aground overnight on the St. Lawrence Seaway at Lancaster, Ontario in Canada.   The Tundra had veered a short distance out of the shipping

Shell Arctic Rig Departs Seattle Surrounded by Protesters

 A Royal Dutch Shell PLC drilling rig that will search for oil in the Arctic pulled out of its temporary base in Seattle on Monday for the trip north to Alaska as dozens of activists in kayaks tried to stop its movement, authorities said.  

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