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Port of West Calhoun, Texas

The Port of West Calhoun connects to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway through Victoria Barge Canal. It is operated by the West Side Calhoun County Navigation District. It has facilities that are designed for seafood distribution and gas and oil delivery. Large barges utilize the waterway for distribution of industrial chemicals and petroleum coke. The port is shallow, with a depth of 12 feet in the channel. It located near Dow Chemical Company.

Harbor Facilities

There are two main harbors associated with this port. Both offer services for industrial and commercial use.

  • Seadrift Harbor – Designed mainly for fish houses it provides boat slips for seafood industry vessels including tugs, barges, and crew boats. It also has a loading ramp that is utilized to load vehicles, equipment, and supplies on and off barges. The harbor is also a designated Harbor of Refuge by the U.S. Coast Guard. It also provides docks for recreational boats.
  • Long Mott Harbor – This harbor is for service by both commercial and industrial customers. It has easy access to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway. It has accessibility by highway and railway. There are approximately 250 acres available for industrial development.

Victoria Barge Canal

The Victoria Barge Canal extends 35 miles and connects the Turning Basin to the Gulf Intracoastal Waterway (GIWW). The canal was dredged to a depth of 9 feet and allowed the opening of Port of Victoria, a shallow port located in Victoria, Texas. It was deepened to a depth of 12 feet to allow better access. The canal services several ports in the area and allows barge traffic to safely travel to and from the Gulf of Mexico.

Barge Safety

Barge accidents are not uncommon. Several months ago more than 34,000 gallons of fertilizer spilled into the canal after a loading pipe burst. The liquid is toxic ammonium nitrate which was dispersed into the water. The company responsible for the accident was required to clean it up. Barge accidents can also injure workers. Companies are required to keep employees safe while working aboard vessels as well as while on docks and in shipyards and harbors.

Companies must provide safe working conditions at all times. Equipment needs to be working properly, and employees must be trained in using it. Barges are particularly dangerous because of their slippery decks. Workers should use personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep them from falling into the water and to keep them afloat should they fall off.  Companies that do not follow safety rules could be considered negligent. Those who were injured due to the negligence of the company may be entitled to compensation for their medical expenses and other damages.

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