03 February 2011 20:47 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Chemical tanker arrivals on the Houston Ship Channel rose 13% year on year in January, but a winter storm rolling into Texas this week could reduce the count for February, an official at a shipping data firm said on Thursday.
"It can really be unpredictable this time of year," said Patrick Seeba, project manager at the Greater Houston Port Bureau.
Seeba said November through February historically are the worst months of the year for weather-related stoppages – usually from fog – on the ship channel.
During January, 69 chemical tankers arrived at terminals along the Texas waterway, eight more than arrived during the same month of 2010, according to the data.
Five terminals handled 74% of the chemical tanker arrivals: Intercontinental Terminal (15), Lyondell (15), Vopak (8), Odfjell (7) and Exxon (6).
Traffic remained roughly the same year-on-year at the five largest terminals, with 201 dock assignments during January, two more than in the same month last year.
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