02 November 2011 22:35 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Chemical tanker arrivals on the Houston Ship Channel in October soared 65% year on year, according to data released on Wednesday.
The number of chemical vessels that came to the Texas waterway totalled 89 last month, compared with 54 in October 2010, according to data from the Greater Houston Port Bureau (GHPB), which tracks ship movements on the channel.
Houston continued to account for more than half (56%) of all deep water vessel arrivals at Texas ports during October.
Add the number of ships docking in Galveston, Freeport and Texas City, and Houston area ports accounted for almost 75% of all arrivals.
Chemical tankers represented 13% of all ships that entered the channel during October, according to the bureau.
For the year to date through October, pilots have moved 724 chemical ships, up by 13% compared with 638 chemical cargo vessels in the first ten months of 2010.
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