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Old 09-08-2020, 10:51 PM   #1
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How much barge traffic is there in the bay? Probably less since Alcoa closed, but looks like they have a big plastics plant operating there as well.


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Just a guess, but I’d say a couple barges a day and a big ship maybe once a week.


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Just a guess, but I’d say a couple barges a day and a big ship maybe once a week.


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I know from experience, when one of those big ships come thru, you better have your boat anchored good, and be ready to ride out a 3ft wave.
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The plastics plants don’t use barges to import or export - all done on rail down there. Alcoa used to have some large ships coming in, but very few these days.
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My place is facing the ship channel and I can guarantee you that at least 2-3 bigger tankers come through there each day and just as many, or more, smaller barges. The traffic and wake is so much, that I hesitate to leave my boat tied to the pier. Those bigger tankers, when loaded and hauling arse, bring in a good 2.5-3.0 foot wake.

Alcoa has been shutdown, but Formosa is expanding. They have built a lot more structure (tank farms, etc), on the south/east side of Alcoa and use that port for a lot of loading and unloading of chemicals/raw materials.

that's a long way of saying that there is more traffic than what is being reported above.
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The plastics plants don’t use barges to import or export - all done on rail down there. Alcoa used to have some large ships coming in, but very few these days.
well someone uses the barges cuz theres 5 or 6 barges a day and an average of 1-2/day

weekends seem to be busy for ships
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I assure you the Calhoun County Navigation District / Port of Port Lavaca / Point Comfort has a lot of traffic. Go to their website and take a look at their Sailing Schedule 25 to 30 vessels for the month of September. That's mainly just Ships and Ocean going Barges



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I found a pretty cool app called marinetraffic, shows all the traffic in any bay you choose. Can to look at boat speed, , path taken, projected path. Can also look at the wake, although I haven’t figured out how to work this yet.
For example right now at 2100, there are two boats headed for Port comfort, both are tugs, one at seven mph and the other at 8 mph




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What areas are these barges/ship traffic? I stay north of the bridge mostly, and I have never seen any traffic up there.
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