The Port Houston has partly resumed business after category 4 Hurricane Harvey slammed into Texas a week ago. The captain of the port for Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston opened the ports of Houston, Texas City, Galveston, and Freeport with restrictions.
- Vessel draft cannot exceed 33 feet for the ports of Texas City, Galveston and Freeport
- Vessel draft cannot exceed 37 feet for the Port of Houston
- All vessel traffic is limited to daylight hours
As of this morning the Barbours Cut Terminal, Bayport Container Terminal and Turning Basin Terminal – resumed operations at 7 a.m., receiving trucks ready to haul cargo from containers being unloaded. But the Houston Ship Channel, the port's waterways that connect the port to the Gulf of Mexico, is still closed. Swift current in the channel continues to restrict vessel movements.
The Port of Corpus Christi is open with the following restrictions (Aug 31):
- All vessels restricted to a draft not to exceed 43 feet
- All foreign registered vessels 100 gross registered tons or larger, all domestic tank vessels 10,000 gross registered tons or larger, and all domestic non-tank vessels 1,600 gross registered tons or larger must:
- conduct one way transits only;
- have a minimum of 2 pilots for each transit; and
- transit during daylight hours only.
Earlier this week 22 tankers carrying 15.3 million barrels of crude oil were waiting off of Texas.