Coast Guard Updates: Major Ports In Texas Are "Condition Zulu"

Update: Port of Corpus Christi update to port condition Modified Zulu for the Corpus Christi Inner Harbor.

Coast Guard captain of the port in Corpus Christi implemented Port Condition Modified Zulu for the Port of Corpus Christi Inner Harbor.


Modified Zulu allows tug and barges with drafts not exceeding 20-feet currently in the Corpus Christi Inner Harbor to transit freely within the Inner Harbor with no requirements to seek the COTP permission to move.


“Mariners are to proceed with caution as navigational ads may be missing or off station. All other portions of the captain of the port zone remains in Port Condition Zulu unless they have already been cleared by the COTP,” the Coast Guard said.


“I applaud the incredible work of the Port of Corpus Christi, the Army Corp of Engineers and all industry facilities working hard and collaborating in this process,” said Capt. Tony Hahn, COTP of Corpus Christi. “This is a first step but also a very important one towards restoring full capability of the port.”


The U.S. Coast Guard along with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Texas General Land Office have provided an update on the current port conditions within the effected areas of Hurricane Harvey.

Per Coast Guard,

Harvey, now a tropical storm, has resulted in significant flooding and impacts for ports along the Texas coast.


“The Coast Guard along with the ASCOE and TGLO understand the international and global significance of the Gulf Coast ports and are currently conducting surveys and thorough port assessments prior to reopening,” the Coast Guard said in a statement Tuesday.

5 out of 7 of the main ports in Texas are closed disrupting some of the world’s largest shipping channels...


Ports in the direct path of Harvey and conditions in effect for Tuesday are as follows:

Corpus Christi:

Port of Brownsville – port condition normal
Port of Corpus Christi – Port Condition Zulu
Calhoun Port Authority – Port Condition Zulu


Freeport – Port Condition Zulu
Galveston – Port Condition Zulu
Houston – Port Condition Zulu
Texas City – Port Condition Zulu

(Port Condition ZULU: A danger condition in which gale force winds are possible within 12 hours. In Port Condition ZULU the port is closed and all port operations are suspended except for vessel movements and activities specifically authorized by the Coast Guard COTP)

The Port of Houston is a 25-mile long complex of diversified public and private facilities. The petrochemical complex with-in the port is one of the largest in the world. According to , ”the Port of Houston no longer has any tankers in place.”



Harvey’s impact on Texas: Port of Houston executive director explains


If Texas was a sovereign country (2016), it would be the 10th largest economy in the world by GDP. The economic impact of Hurricane Harvey on port closures could be devastating not just for Texas, but perhaps 3Q17 GDP.