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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


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.


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An evacuation alert was rescinded Wednesday afternoon for a one-mile ring around a Rohm and Haas Co. chemical plant near Houston after a dangerously overheated tank of highly flammable acrylic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.


Coast Guard Helping Stuck Ship Back into Shipping Channel

Coast Guard crews are working to get a freighter ship unstuck after it lost power and ran aground near the central span of the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. The bridge was shut down in both directions this morning as a precaution, snarling rush hour traffic. According to the Florida Highway Patrol, the freighter lost power after passing through the central span of the bridge. The pilot of the vessel ran it into a sandbar so it wouldn’t drift near the bridge.


Unified Command Established to Oversee Oil Spill

An oil spill is contained June 21, near a crude oil tanker at the Clifton Ridge terminal along the Calcasieu River. The cause of the spill is under investigation by the U.S. Coast Guard and CITGO Petroleum Corporation. Coast Guard Photo The CITGO Lake Charles Manufacturing Complex, the Coast Guard and the Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office have established a Unified Command to manage the clean up and recovery of the oil spill in the Calcasieu Ship Channel near Lake Charles.


Sacramento & Stockton Ship Channel Dredge Contract for Ross Sand & Gravel

Contract: File image

The US Department of Defense inform that Ross Sand and Gravel, Portland, Oregon, has been awarded a US$24,000,000 firm-fixed-price contract for maintenance dredging on the Sacramento and Stockton Deep Water Ship Channels, California. DoD explains that estimated completion date for the work is


Maritime, Transportation & Petrochemical Leaders see Bright Future

Janiece Longoria, Charmain Port of Houston Authority

   Leaders from the petrochemical, maritime, logistics and transportation industries delivered robust economic forecasts for the Houston Ship Channel region during the 5th annual Economic Alliance Houston Port Region Petrochemical & Maritime Outlook Conference held at the Pasadena


GLDD to Widen Freeport Harbor Ship Channel

Freeport: File photo

Great Lakes Dredge & Dock Corporation (GLDD) says it has been awarded a a dredging contract valued at over $30 million to widen the entrance and jetty channels of the Freeport Ship Channel near Freeport, Texas. Approximately 4.5 miles of channel will be widened by 200 feet


Houston Ship Channel Man Overboard Swims to Island

Rescued man (C) & rescue crew: Photo USCG

The U.S. Coast Guard informs of the rescue of a 62-year-old man who was stranded on Atkinson Island, after he fell off his boat in the Houston Ship Channel near Sylvan Beach and swam to the island. Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a call from a mariner transiting


Search Suspended for Man Overboard near Cedar Bayou

The U.S. Coast Guard suspended its search Tuesday for a man who went missing after his shrimp boat overturned Monday near Cedar Bayou on the Houston Ship Channel. The Coast Guard, Chambers County Sheriff’s office, Port of Houston Fire Department


Enterprise to Expand Houston Ethane Export Terminal

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Enterprise Products Partners LP said it was looking at expanding the ethane export facility it is building on the Houston Ship Channel after winning another transport contract. With the additional contract to provide ethane storage, transportation, refrigeration and loading services


Grounded Freighter Refloated in Lake St. Clair

The Hong Kong-flagged freighter vessel Federal Rideau sits hard aground in the downbound shipping channel of Lake St. Clair near the Detroit River, July 28, 2014. The vessel is carrying approximately 22,672 tons of wheat and was headed to Montreal. (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station Detroit)

The Federal Rideau, a 656-foot freighter that had been hard aground in the downbound shipping channel of Lake St. Clair since early Sunday morning, was refloated early Tuesday morning and is now safely anchored in the Detroit River at the Belle Island Anchorage.


Lake St. Clair Grounded Bulk Carrier: Update

Federal Rideau aground (U.S. Coast Guard photo courtesy of Coast Guard Air Station Detroit)

The U.S. Coast Guard said it continues to monitor the response and salvage operations to the 656-foot HK-flagged bulk carrier Federal Rideau, hard aground in the downbound shipping channel of Lake St. Clair since early Sunday morning. Several attempts to refloat the vessel have been unsuccessful


Coast Guard Responds to Grounded Freighter in Lake St. Clair

The Coast Guard has responded Sunday to a 656-foot freighter that was hard aground in the downbound shipping channel of Lake St. Clair. Initial reports indicate there is no resultant pollution and no injuries were reported. At around 3 a.m


Bulk Grain Carrier Aground in Lake St. Claire

Bulker Federal Rideau: Photo courtesy of Fednav/Dean Powers

The Coast Guard informs it is responding to a 36,563 dwt 656-foot freighter that is hard aground in the downbound shipping channel of Lake St. Clair. Coast Guard Sector Detroit said that the motor vessel Federal Rideau, a Hong Kong-flagged vessel carrying 22,672 tons of wheat


Metalcraft Marine Delivers for the Port of Houston

Photo: MetalCraft Marine

Houston’s New FiFi Fleet The Port of Houston Authority’s firefighting team recently received the third and last in series of high-performance emergency response vessels, a fleet of new vessels designed to keep one of the country’s busiest and strategically important waterways


Enterprise To Build Ethane Export Terminal On Houston Channel

Port of Houston

  Enterprise Products Partners will build an ethane export facility on the Houston Ship Channel, signing a long-term agreement with the Port of Houston Authority for use of its facilities adjacent to Enterprise's existing terminal at Morgan's Point.


Another Cruise Ship Medevac Off New York

Celebrity Summit medevac: Photo USCG

The Coast Guard says it has conducted an emergency medical evacuation of an ill cruise ship passenger, 15 miles southeast of Sandy Hook, N.J. Coast Guard Sector New York command center personnel received a report from the cruise ship Celebrity Summit that a passenger had a medical emergency and


Emergency Response Vessel Completes Houston’s New Fleet

The Port of Houston’s new emergency response boat (Photo courtesy MetalCraft Marine)

A two-week voyage through four Great Lakes and the Mississippi River will bring to the Port of Houston Authority’s firefighting team the third of three new, high-performance emergency response vessels. “The Port of Houston is one of the nation’s busiest ports


Port of Houston’s New ERV Homeport Bound

Houston ERV: Photo Port of Houston Authority

A two-week voyage through four Great Lakes and the Mississippi River will bring to the Port of Houston Authority (ETA May 28, 2014) the third of its three new high-performance emergency response vessels (ERVs). "The Port of Houston is one of the nation's busiest ports






 
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