Texan ports resume operations as Hurricane Beryl subsides

Texan ports resume operations as Hurricane Beryl subsides

Port Houston has announced that its terminals will be resuming operations from 10 July while the Port of Corpus Christi has announced its transition to Post-Storm Recovery.

Port Houston reported on 9 July that it is offering extended gate hours for customers at the port’s container terminals. The port advised customers to monitor its notices and alerts for updates on container terminal gate hours for the remainder of the week.

Moreover, port personnel at the Port of Corpus Christi are continuing to assess the impact of the hurricane as the port transitions to Post-Storm Recovery in accordance with the 2024 Hurricane Readiness Plan. Port Offices will open as scheduled on 9 July for normal operations.

Port facilities, including the Emergency Operations Center (EOC), Security Command Center and Harbormaster’s Office have maintained continuous uninterrupted operations, reported the Port of Corpus Christi.

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“The Port of Corpus Christi Ship Channel is now open as outlined in the latest Marine Safety Information Bulletin (MSIB) 60-24 issued by U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) Sector Air Station Corpus Christi,” according to the port’s latest advisory.

“The USCG Captain of the Port (CoTP) Corpus Christi has rescinded Port Condition Zulu for the following waterways: the Intracoastal Waterway from MM 521 near Rockport, south to the US/Mexico Border — including Rockport Cut and Lydia Ann Channel — as well as the Corpus Christi Ship Channel and La Quinta Channel, effective 11:00 am on 8 July 2024.”

Meanwhile, as of 9 July, port vessel operations at the Port of Galveston remain suspended, while roadways, including Harborside Drive, have now reopened.

Port administration offices also remained closed on 9 July due to power outages while power remains out for areas of the port and city, reported the Port of Galveston.

Hurricane Beryl on the Texas coast near Houston was a category 1 hurricane that has forced some of the largest ports in Texas to close operations leading to a surge in vessel traffic. The hurricane left a trail of destruction in the Caribbean while claiming at least 11 lives, reported Reuters.

In August 2023, a Category 4 hurricane swarming through Mexico’s Baja California peninsula saw ports across Southern California experience record-breaking rainfall.

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