Matagorda Bay Pilots

Daylight Restrictions

Daylight Restricted Vessel Movement Criteria

As of July 8th 2024, ALL ocean going vessels are restricted to daylight transits only through the offshore and jetty channel due to the Alpha range rear tower being knocked down during hurricane Beryl.

ALL vessels whose draft is within four (4′) feet of the current maximum draft will be restricted to daylight only transits under normal conditions.

ALL vessels 541 feet (165 m) or greater in length will be restricted to daylight only transits.

ALL vessels judged unsafe for handling at night will be restricted to daylight only transits.

Any vessel having deck gear forward of the ships wheelhouse will be restricted to daylight transits only.

Vessels with a beam greater than 22.8 meters will be restricted to daylight when a dredge is in the channel. 

Daylight Restrictions by Month

January:

Earliest Entry: 0800

Earliest Departure: 0745

Latest Entry: 1415

Latest Departure: 1445

February:

Earliest Entry: 0730

Earliest Departure: 0715

Latest Entry: 1445

Latest Departure: 1515

March:

Earliest Entry: 0715

Earliest Departure: 0700

Latest Entry: 1500

Latest Departure: 1530

March DST Begins:

Earliest Entry: 0815

Earliest Departure: 0800

Latest Entry: 1600

Latest Departure: 1630

April:

Earliest Entry: 0730

Earliest Departure: 0715

Latest Entry: 1615

Latest Departure: 1645

May:

Earliest Entry: 0715

Earliest Departure: 0700

Latest Entry: 1630

Latest Departure: 1700

June:

Earliest Entry: 0700

Earliest Departure: 0645

Latest Entry: 1700

Latest Departure: 1730

July:

Earliest Entry: 0700

Earliest Departure: 0645

Latest Entry: 1700

Latest Departure: 1730

August:

Earliest Entry: 0730

Earliest Departure: 0715

Latest Entry: 1630

Latest Departure: 1700

September:

Earliest Entry: 0745

Earliest Departure: 0730

Latest Entry: 1600

Latest Departure: 1630

October:

Earliest Entry: 0800

Earliest Departure: 0745

Latest Entry: 1530

Latest Departure: 1600

November:

Earliest Entry: 0815

Earliest Departure: 0800

Latest Entry: 1500

Latest Departure: 1530

November DST Ends:

Earliest Entry: 0714

Earliest Departure: 0700

Latest Entry: 1400

Latest Departure: 1430

December:

Earliest Entry: 0745

Earliest Departure: 0730

Latest Entry: 1400

Latest Departure: 1430

January:

Earliest Entry: 0800

Earliest Departure: 0745

Latest Entry: 1415

Latest Departure: 1445

February:

Earliest Entry: 0730

Earliest Departure: 0715

Latest Entry: 1445

Latest Departure: 1515

March:

Earliest Entry: 0715

Earliest Departure: 0700

Latest Entry: 1500

Latest Departure: 1530

March DST Begins:

Earliest Entry: 0815

Earliest Departure: 0800

Latest Entry: 1600

Latest Departure: 1630

April:

Earliest Entry: 0730

Earliest Departure: 0715

Latest Entry: 1615

Latest Departure: 1645

May:

Earliest Entry: 0715

Earliest Departure: 0700

Latest Entry: 1630

Latest Departure: 1700

June:

Earliest Entry: 0700

Earliest Departure: 0645

Latest Entry: 1700

Latest Departure: 1730

July:

Earliest Entry: 0700

Earliest Departure: 0645

Latest Entry: 1700

Latest Departure: 1730

August:

Earliest Entry: 0730

Earliest Departure: 0715

Latest Entry: 1630

Latest Departure: 1700

September:

Earliest Entry: 0745

Earliest Departure: 0730

Latest Entry: 1600

Latest Departure: 1630

October:

Earliest Entry: 0800

Earliest Departure: 0745

Latest Entry: 1530

Latest Departure: 1600

November:

Earliest Entry: 0815

Earliest Departure: 0800

Latest Entry: 1500

Latest Departure: 1530

November DST Ends:

Earliest Entry: 0714

Earliest Departure: 0700

Latest Entry: 1400

Latest Departure: 1430

December:

Earliest Entry: 0745

Earliest Departure: 0730

Latest Entry: 1400

Latest Departure: 1430