Operations at US Gulf ports minimally affected by storm

Author: Adam Yanelli

2021/02/19

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Operations at two major US Gulf ports saw minimal impacts from the winter storm that has led to the shutdowns of US refineries and petrochemical plants in the region.

Port Houston is “moving ships” as of mid-morning on Friday, a spokesman for the Texas Pilots said.

“The only disruptions we have seen was from fog and some high winds and rough seas,” said Henry de La Garza, spokesman for the Texas State Pilots Association. “There were some instances when pilots could not board ships because of ice on the docks.”

Port Houston public terminals and truck offices, including the Bayport and Barbours Cut container Terminals and Turning Basin Terminal, are expected to open by Friday afternoon, according to the Port Houston website.

Port Houston is comprised of more than 200 private and eight public terminals along the Houston Ship Channel.

The eight public terminals had been closed for business operations since Monday due to extreme weather conditions.

Vessel Traffic Service recommends that private terminals consider bringing in vessels even if cargo operations are not available just yet to avoid potential delays next week due to a rush of orders and potential for fog.

In New Orleans, a spokesperson said operations are normal at Port NOLA as of Friday morning.

A dispatcher at the Port of Corpus Christi said they were moving vessels into and out of the port on Friday.

At the Port of Galveston, port staff remains vigilant in coordinating port calls and bringing ships alongside berths.

At Port Freeport, terminal gates are open. The Freeport Harbor Channel is open to vessel activity and essential personnel are on site conducting operations.

The Port Freeport Administration Office is closed due to weather and lack of water conditions.