Houston ship channel closed due to debris removal ops

The Houston Ship Channel is temporarily closed due to debris removal operations being conducted in the area, the Vessel Transit Service (VTS) for Houston and Galveston reported.

The Captain of the Port (COTP) Houston/Galveston established a Safety Zone extending 500 feet on either side of the Galveston Causeway Railroad Bridge, from 7 am to 7 pm, local time yesterday.

Vessel Traffic Service said that no vessel movements are allowed on the Houston Ship Channel between channel lights 78 and 84 from 9 am to 2 pm.

The authorities stopped all vessel traffic in the area in order to remove a submerged dredge pipeline from across the Houston Ship Channel.

VTS added that the Bayport Channel remains open to vessels transiting to and from the South.

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