GALVESTON,Texas - A Sea of buoys is being created at the Aids to Navigation Team, Galveston Buoy Yard, Sept. 17, 2008 as Coast Guard Aids to Navigation Teams work to get the Houston Ship Channel Re-opened. 

More than 90 percent of the buoys and ranges in the Houston Ship Channel were damaged or destroyed by the Hurricane Ike and there is a massive effort underway to turn Sector Field Office Galveston into the largest buoy yard in the Coast Guard.  

More than 10 Coast Guard Cutters have been dispatched to Sector Field Office Galveston to begin repairing the ship channel in an effort to re-open the port as quickly as possible. 

 (U.S. Coast Guard photo/ Petty Officer Patrick Kelley)

Boneal Exceeds All Expectations

SUCCESS STORY: Can Buoys for the United States Coast Guard

United States Coast Guard

Customer Need:
A prime government contractor to prototype, test, manufacture and deliver Fifth Class Unlighted Buoys to United States Coast Guard stations nationwide.

Project Summary:
BONEAL’s technical team worked to meet exacting specifications for color and resin stability and impact survivability. Close communication and synergy with the Coast Guard Buoy and Structures Team yielded a successful product launch.

Result Summary:
BONEAL takes great pride in meeting the needs of the U.S. Coast Guard and the Department of Homeland Security.

HOUSTON - (From left) Fireman Raymond Hatfield, Seaman Carol Root and Petty Officer 3rd Class Ismael Villanueva work a navigational buoy in the San Jacinto River October 6, 2011. The three are are assigned to Aids to Navigation Team Galveston, a unit that handles aids to navigation in the Houston Ship Channel. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Prentice Danner.

For navigational purposes, red buoys are on the port side as a ship arrives in dock and green buoys are on the starboard side.