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Coast Guard Begins Re-opening Texas Waterways
September 15, 2008

The Coast Guard Captain of the Port of Houston-Galveston has re-opened portions of the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway and Houston Channel to commercial vessel traffic, with some restrictions.

The following openings and restrictions are in effect:

- The Houston Channel is open to outbound commercial vessels with a draft of 12-feet or less.
- The Gulf Intracoastal Waterway is open to from the Houston and Galveston area, west toward Corpus Christi, Texas.
- All vessels are required to exercise the slowest safe speed to minimize wake.

All other waterway restrictions in the Houston-Galveston area remain in place until ongoing post-hurricane assessments for aids to navigation, pollution and navigational hazards are completed.

"Our Port Coordination Team efforts with port stakeholders are essential for a quick and efficient assessment of all captain of the port zone waterways. Partnering with industry to restore navigation on waterways is essential in the process of reopening this economically critical port. An emphasis on safety is paramount to eliminate ant further marine casualties during this period of navigation uncertainty," said Capt. William Diehl, Captain of the Port Houston-Galveston.

Source: U.S. Coast Guard

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