"Shrimpers escape storm at Port of Palacios" by: Mike Reddell

Sentinel photo/Mike Reddell
Port of Palacios shrimp boat berth accommodations were sufficient but tight as the boats and crews sought shelter at the port late last week from Hurricane Hanna. Port officials said there were 170 boats packed in the basin.

Hurricane Hanna forced shrimp boats working the Gulf of Mexico last week to seek shelter in the Port of Palacios. 
   Beginning Wednesday and all day Thursday and Friday, the shrimpers entered the port seeking a berth, said Victor Martinez Jr., port director for the Matagorda County Navigation District No. 1.  
   By late Friday when the hurricane’s outer bands reached Palacios, the port’s ship basin snuggly fit about 170 boats, Martinez said. 
   “The port is known as the unofficial refuge for shrimp boats,” Martinez said. 
   “It’s well known in the gulf.” 
   Once shrimpers receive clearance for entering the port basin, many boats tie up by the shrimp houses they work for, he said. 
   Even if they didn’t find space with a shrimp house, the boats all found refuge, Martinez added. 
   “It was very creative how shrimpers make sure there was enough space,” he said. 

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