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FREEPORT CONDITION UPDATE08/30/2003 Normal
FREEPORT CONDITION UPDATE08/30/2003 Normal

 Daily Port Update

Subject:FREEPORT CONDITION UPDATE
Date:Saturday, August 30, 2003
Priority:Normal
Notice:FREEPORT PILOTS ADVISING THEY WILL CONDUCT BUSINESS AS USUAL
UNTIL THEY RECEIVE RECOMMENDATIONS FROM LOCAL U.S. COAST GUARD
ADVISIING OTHER.

SEAWAY TERMINAL HAS SAILED ALL VESSELS FROM THER TERMINAL
DUE TO TS GRACE.
TERMINAL WILL ADVISE ON OPERATIONS AM 31/AUG.

THE FOLLOWING IS U.S. COAST GUARD MSIB FOR HOUSTON/GALVESTON/FREEPORT

Marine Safety Information Bulletin
18-03
August 30, 2003

Tropical Storm GRACE Advisory

Marine Safety Office Houston-Galveston is notifying all facilities,
vessels, and port users that as of 1400 CDT this afternoon, Tropical
Storm Grace was located about 285 miles east southeast of Corpus Christi,
TX, tracking northwest at 12 mph with expected landfall tomorrow
afternoon near the Port O’Connor, TX area. Maximum sustained winds are
near 39 mph with higher gusts. It is expected to strengthen in
intensity, approaching tropical storm force winds by the time it reaches
landfall. The ports of Houston, Galveston, Texas City, and Freeport are
forecasted to experience winds up to 20 mph, tides 1 to 2 feet higher
than normal predictions, and 4 to 8 inches of rain from the storm.

Based on current forecast information, we do not expect to impose
operational restrictions or change the port condition. However, the port
community is advised to closely monitor the storm's progress and make
appropriate preparations in the event of severe weather. Should the
storm track change, additional guidance will be issued in the form of
Marine Safety Information Bulletins, Broadcast Notice to Mariners, or
other forms as necessary.

To ensure safety, all vessel owners, agents, and operators who may need
to seek an area of safe refuge are urged to make arrangements in advance
of the storm's arrival that comply with federal, state, local and private
waterway or mooring restrictions. Smaller commercial vessels not
restricted by draft, including fishing vessels, are asked to seek shelter
outside the deep draft shipping channel and turning areas.
Notice posted on Saturday, August 30, 2003

Disclaimer
For quality assurance purposes please note well that while the above information 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. Port précis should always be verified by contacting the corresponding marine department of a particular location for the most up-to-date information.