House Tugs: 2 -- Ztec 2460s

  Dock or Vessel Tugs
1. Vessels > 36ft draft transiting the Freeport Ship Channel 2 house tugs
2. Seaway terminal arrivals & departures ** 2 house tugs
3. Seaway vessels arriving in ballast to load crude oil docking Starboard side 2 house tugs + TSFR*
4. Dow arrivals 2 house tugs
5. Dow A14 inbound vessels with LOA greater than 615ft 2 house tugs + TSFR*
6. Dow A14 departing vessels with LOA greater than 700ft or beam greater than 125ft 2 house tugs + TSFR*
7. Transits above Phillips bend arriving  & departing 1 house tug
8. Vessels arriving  & departing BH dock #5 2 house tugs
9. Transits above Phillips bend arriving & departing vessel  > 600’ LOA and passing LPG tanker 2 house tugs
10. Ro/Ro vessels > 400’ LOA arriving & departing 2 house tugs
11. Liquefied Gas carriers arriving & departing 2 house tugs
12. LNG vessels are by specific agreement prior to transit  

**Vessels outside the Basic Operating Procedure in size or time restrictions tugs are determined by specific agreement prior to transit

*TSFR = Twin Screw Flanking Rudder 3900HP

The Brazos Pilots recommend all inbound vessels use a combination of tug(s) and bow thrusters so as to keep lateral control of the ship on the bow and the stern. Most inbound vessels should use two tugs or one tug and a bow thruster. Each ship and situation is unique and tug requirements are left to the master to arrange before arrival. The final tug requirements will be determined during the Master/Pilot Exchange (MPX). Departure tug requirements should be determined with the pilot on the inbound transit.