|USCG Sector Corpus Christi held a Port Coordination Team (PCT) conference call at 1500 hours today to update the industry on the status of the Corpus Christi Ship Channel. Your WGMA Maritime Affairs team participated on the call and has the following report:
The latest information on this ongoing situation, as reported to industry representatives on the PCT conference call at 1500 hours today.
· Divers were in the water about 10AM after a short delay due to USCG review of the salvage plan
· Connections were completed
· Began parbuckle operations at 1430 hours today, about 90 degrees left to rotate
· Dewatering happening simultaneously
· After the vessel is upright, assessment needed to confirm all vessel equipment in place
· Following that an assessment and multibeam survey will be done to confirm the bottom is clear of debris
· Provided the vessel equipment is still in place and no major recovery is required, best case scenario is reopening the ship channel early this evening
· Vessels of less than 500 GT are still permitted to transit on slow bell
Agents are reminded to maintain close dialogue with the pilot dispatch and Harbormaster offices. Agents are also reminded to keep the eNOA/D’s updated for their vessels.
Another USCG update via email is scheduled for 1900 hours this evening, with another PCT via Teams at 1000 hours to be scheduled if needed. Your Maritime Affairs team will participate on the PCT conference call and report to our membership afterwards.