Chem tankers on Houston channel drop 8% in Sept year on year

04 October 2011 17:54  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Chemical tanker arrivals on the Houston Ship Channel during September fell 8% year on year, according to data released on Tuesday.

The number of chemical vessels that came to the Texas waterway totalled 101 last month, compared with 110 in September 2010, said Patrick Seeba, project manager at the Greater Houston Port Bureau (GHPB), which tracks ship movements on the channel.

Houston accounted for 56% of all deep water vessel arrivals at Texas ports during September. Add the number of ships docking in Galveston, Freeport and Texas City,  and Houston area ports accounted for roughly 75% of all arrivals.

Chemical tankers represented about 15% of all ships that entered the channel during September, according to the bureau.

Despite the decline last month, for the year to date through September pilots have moved 635 chemical ships, up by almost 10% compared with 579 chemical cargo vessels in the first nine months of 2010.

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