Vessels backed up on Texas ship channel as fog stalls traffic

14 December 2011 16:44  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Fifty-seven vessels were stalled at the Houston Ship Channel as heavy fog stopped traffic on the waterway, the US Coast Guard said on Wednesday.

The backup stemmed from the Tuesday collision of an acetone tanker and an empty cargo vessel near Texas City that caused part of the channel to be closed.

There were no injuries or spillage from the incident, but the two vessels could not be moved out of the waterway because of heavy fog. Petty officer Richard Brahm said the current lineup of stalled vessels included 32 inbound and 25 outbound.

“At Galveston, they’re letting ships out, but not letting them in,” Brahm said.

Brahm said the two vessels that collided - the chemical tanker Charleston and the cargo vessel Harvest Sun - would be moved when the fog cleared, which he said might take another 24 hours.

The National Weather Service’s website said southerly winds later today might disperse dense sea fog around Galveston Bay.

Heavy fog is common on the Houston Ship channel during the winter months. In February, the waterway was closed for 11 consecutive days because of fog.

For more on acetone visit ICIS chemical intelligence


By: Lane Kelley
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