OF VESSELS AND AUTOMATICS
The scheduling and ordering
of any vessel’s movements shall be the responsibility of each vessel’s agent or
Agents must give a minimum 4-hour
In the case of vessels
exchanging berths, an agent or master may direct that his vessel’s movements be
scheduled by the pilot office to occur automatically with the movement of the
other vessel vacating the berth.
Orders for “Automatic”
movements will not be
accepted in cases where the vessel vacating the berth involved does not utilize
the services of a Galveston-Texas City Pilot when moving from that berth. Although the Pilots’ communication system is
available and may be utilized to aid in scheduling a vessel’s movement in the
above situation, the final
responsibility for ordering the dispatch of a pilot must remain with the
vessel’s agent or master.
Nothing in these guidelines
obligates an individual pilot to move a vessel when, in that pilot’s opinion,
it is unsafe to do so. Safety is always
our number-one concern.
Please refer to 46 CFR
32.90.1 “Pilot Boarding Equipment” and 46 CFR 35.01-55 “Pilot Boarding
Operation”. These CFRs
speak to the requirements of having the proper pilot boarding equipment as well
as the requirements for conducting the pilot boarding operations in a safe
For safety reasons, Galveston-Texas
City Pilots require that pilot boarding of semi-submersible drilling rigs,
jack-up rigs and any other type of MODU, and self-propelled diving rigs such as
the Uncle John and the Q4000 be done by helicopter.
Tug with Barge:
Pilots will not transfer via the tug (when in the
notch). The potential risk involved
both pilot and pilot boat is not worth the little time
saved by boarding via the tug. A pilot
ladder rigged on the barge is required for all pilot
transfers. Barges without a rigged pilot
ladder will not be boarded.
Galveston Bar to Ports of Galveston County:
over 120,000 DWT
with LOA of 860 feet or more
- Daylight hours only* for arrivals and sailings, but may be shifted or turned at
night within Galveston or Texas City
- May sail
from Bolivar Roads at night
- A second pilot is required
- A second pilot is required
Vessels are exempt from this requirement)
with Draft over 40 feet
4. Dead ships may be moved at night within
Galveston and Texas City harbors only(not Bolivar
Roads or over the bar). Barges may be
moved at any time.
5. Dead ships or rigs with a draft of 30 feet
or more require moving safety zone. Customer to make all arrangements, including USCG
Bar to Bolivar Roads:
tankers shall be daylight only*
coming into Bolivar Roads. They may sail
from Bolivar Roads at night.
Bar to Port of Galveston:
rigs are daylight only*, unless
Bar to Port of Texas City:
- The maximum length limit of any vessel handled in
the Texas City
main basin shall be 1,000 feet.
- Ships, seagoing barges and other large vessels
are restricted from passing each other in the Texas City Channel or the Carbide Canal.
- Vessel coming out of Houston
has priority over vessel leaving Texas
City at the same time.
WITH SPECIAL RULES & CURRENT RESTRICTIONS
PORT OF GALVESTON
Our policy for putting ships
in and out of the slips in Galveston
is to dock and undock ships at slack tide, and in no case will we attempt these
maneuvers with more than a ½- knot current running in either direction. The wind must be 20 knots or less.
Ships bound for piers in the
west end of the port
of Galveston will be boarded
1½ hours before slack tide. Ships bound
for the Texas International Terminal dock will be boarded 2 hours before slack
tide. For all sailings, the pilot will
board the vessel 1/2 hour before slack tide.
If you have any questions
about the conditions in which your vessel will operate, please call our
Maximum beam of
90 feet (106 feet if vessel has a working bow thruster)
movement in or out of slips if the current is greater than 0.5 knots. Certain large offshore vessels with
sufficient thrusters, etc. may be exempted from this requirement. Please check with our dispatch office. Seismographic and other small vessels are
West of Pier 35:
For vessels over
600 feet, the combined tug horsepower should be at least 6,000 HP.
For vessels over
700 feet, a minimum of two tugs and/or 9,000 HP shall be used.
Slack or ebb tide
The number and
horsepower of tugs may be reduced by the pilot (USCG – COPT 7/9/91)
Texas International Terminal:
Slip info – 800 feet long, 150 feet
Maximum LOA – 750 feet
Maximum Beam – 106 feet
Maximum Draft – depends on silt. Call T.I.T. (409 762-5400) for this info on each arrival.
No daylight restriction.
This berth is restricted by the current.
Vessels must maintain 2 feet under-keel clearance.
Job times for ships 300 feet or longer will be set as
Inbound – 2 hours before
Sailing or Shift – 30 minutes before slack
- Current of 0.5 knots or less for all mooring and
- Vessels 700 feet or longer must moor during
daylight hours,* in addition to
the current restriction.
OF TEXAS CITY
Texas City #11, #12, #40 & #41:
- Vessels shall moor stern-in unless by prior
- Minimum draft of 18 feet Forward, and rudder and
propeller covered or 28
feet Aft when sailing.
Texas City #19 & #20:
- Maximum beam of 90 feet
- Any vessel (including barges) docked at either TC
-19 or TC-20 precludes putting another ship in that slip (width is 187
feet). An “automatic” order may be
placed to follow the vessel in the slip.
Texas City #45:
- Daylight hours only* for docking of vessels 700 feet and over
- Undocking at night may be done provided the
vessel is docked portside
Texas City #66 & #67 (rules per Oil
- 700 feet (213 meter) maximum overall length
- Vessels less than 175 feet (53 meters) between
forward and aft perpendiculars cannot berth at #66 or #67
- Draft limits – Call Oil Tanking for current
(#66 - 409 948-5347; #67 - 409 641-4546)
- All vessels will dock starboard side to #66 and
#67. Any exception must be approved
by Oil Tanking and Galveston-Texas City Pilots 24 hours prior to docking.
- Assist tugs shall normally not be placed between
vessel and shore. If the safety of
the dock or vessel requires a tug to be placed in this position, the
UCC&P shift boat shall be advised (on VHF 16 or 18) to protect any
barges that might be affected by wheel wash.
- Ocean-going barges will use the UCC&P shift
boat for docking or undocking
- Minimum tug requirement for docking and
- Vessels 0-350 feet (0-107 meters) require
minimum one (1) tug
- Vessels with operational bow thruster 350-700
feet (107-214 meters) require two (2) tugs
- Vessels with no bow thruster 350-700 feet
(107-214 meters) require two (2) tugs
- The harbor pilot or vessel master, when weather
or vessel congestion in the waterway require, will use additional tugs
- Oil Tanking will retain the right to use
additional tugs for docking or undocking
- Under no circumstance, other than emergency
situations, will any vessel dock or undock without tug(s) assistance
NOTE: The above guidelines and limitations are
based on normal traffic and weather conditions.
Variances from these safety guidelines may be imposed at times by
Federal, State or local authorities because of weather, prevailing channel
conditions, or other reasons.
The foregoing safety
guidelines may be exceeded only if prior arrangements are made between the
vessel owner and/or agent and the Galveston-Texas City Pilots.
Vessels exceeding guidelines
listed above may be subject to various restrictions, including additional
pilots, daylight-only passage, or may be denied entry.
Any vessel without the
capacity to attain its posted RPMs in a timely
fashion will, at the discretion of the Galveston-Texas City Pilot, be
restricted to daylight transit and/or additional pilotage
or tug requirements.
It is recognized that, due to
a vessel’s draft and the hydrodynamics of the Galveston
and Texas City
ship channels, a vessel may not achieve the posted resultant speed for given RPMs.
* Movements restricted to “daylight hours only” must
commence at least two (2) hours
before sunset, and not before sunrise.