Houston Ship Channel and some Texas ports opened

17 September 2008 18:16  [Source: ICIS news]

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HOUSTON (ICIS news)--The Houston Ship Channel and the ports of Galveston and Texas City were re-opened by the US Coast Guard on Wednesday, though the port of Houston remained closed, the agency said.

A dispatcher with the US Coast Guard vessel traffic service in Houston said there were at least 100 vessels waiting to get into the port of Houston, with about 50 in the ship channel and another 50 or so offshore.

“It’s just packed,” the dispatcher said.

The ship channel was opened to all ships with a draft up to 16ft (5m) but to vessels with a draft up to 38ft only in daylight hours from the channel entrance at Galveston Bay to the Shell Oil and Chemical facility in Deer Park, Texas, the Coast Guard said on its website.

For ships with a draft of 30ft or less, the channel was opened for daylight transit only from the Shell Oil Chemical facility to the Turning Basin near the Loop 610 Bridge.

The port of Houston said it remained closed due to power outage.

The Coast Guard said two other southeast Texas ports had re-opened.

The port of Galveston was opened to all maritime traffic with a draft of 16ft or less but ships with a draft up to 30ft can only go there during daylight transit.

The port of Texas City also was opened to all vessels with a draft of 16ft or less.

The Coast Guard advised all vessels to exercise the slowest speed when transiting waterways.

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