Chem tankers on Texas waterways drop 7% in Aug year on year

06 September 2011 17:50  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Chemical tanker arrivals on the Houston Ship Channel fell 7% year on year, according to data released on Tuesday.

Chemical tanker arrivals on the Texas waterway totalled 69 during August, compared with 74 in the same month of 2010, said Patrick Seeba, project manager at the Greater Houston Port Bureau (GHPB), which tracks ship movements on the channel.

Houston accounted for 52% of all deep water vessel arrivals at Texas ports during August. All of the state’s largest ports outside of Houston – Port Arthur, Corpus Christi, and Texas City - reported steady gains in arrivals.

Chemical tankers represent about 10% of all ships that enter the channel each month. Ship pilots moved 671 vessels into the waterway during August, according to the data.

Through August, there have been 534 chemical ships moved by pilots this year, up by 5% compared with 509 vessels in the first eight months of 2010.

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By: Lane Kelley
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