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Inchcape Shipping Services Galveston covers more than just the port of which our name bears. Our coverage and expertise extends well beyond the boundaries of the port, Specialising in vessel logistics for the Ports of Galveston, Texas City and Freeport. Bolivar roads anchorage, Galveston and Sabine Offshore lightering areas are also a major advantage of our coverage area.


The Port of Freeport is the 13th largest port in the United States in terms of foreign tonnage and is one of the fastest growing ports in the Gulf, covering the expansive DOW chemical terminal and operational LNG terminal.


Founded in 1825, it was considered until 1900 to be the second busiest port in the country, next to the port of New York City. Laying on the Eastern end of the Island it is 9.3 miles from the open Gulf or approximately 30 minutes sailing time. The port continues to thrive today, offering a number of lay berths available for repairs as well and loading and discharging of cargoes, with many Ro-Ro and refrigerated vessels frequenting the port.


The port of Freeport is home to the Foreign - Trade Zone No. 149, which provides manufacturer-shippers with duty-deferral, in-transit storage and an assembly of products for import and no duty assessment on products re-exported. The maximum draft recommended for the port is 42 ft. but accommodations up to 45 ft. are available. The max LOA is 820 ft. 


The Port of Texas City is the eighth largest port in the United States and the third largest in Texas, with its main in commodities including crude oil imports and chemical parcel exports. The maximum draft recommended for this port is 39.6 ft. 


Bolivar Roads Anchorage


Bolivar Roads or “The Roads”, as it’s called locally, is an anchorage protected by the Galveston and Bolivar Jetties, just off the inland entrance to the Houston Ship Channel. The anchorage is passed by all vessels entering the ports of Houston, Galveston and Texas City and is located within delivery range of multiple major bunkering companies. The United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) have a 24 hour grace period for vessels anchoring here, which omits entry fees normally required by CBP. The anchorage does however only operate on a first come first serve basis only, with a maximum vessel draft of 34 ft permitted.    


Galveston and South Sabine Offshore Lightering areas


Lightering or STS (Ship to Ship transfer) is the process of transferring crude oil cargo between vessels of largely different sizes and is undertaken because many port facilities including Houston, Texas City and Freeport can not accept larger VLCC (Very Large Crude Carriers) coming from the Middle East & Africa. 


Our team of operations representatives and managers, has experience and relationships with the local businesses and suppliers specialising in handling vessel operations taking place over 60 miles from shore. Due to the distance from shore, the maximum draft is 128ft. thus accommodating even the largest VLCC & ULCC vessels.

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