07 March 2013 23:22 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--Chemical tanker arrivals on the Houston Ship Channel picked up in February, showing a gain of more than 45% year on year, according to data released on Thursday.
There were 134 arrivals of such vessels in February compared with 92 during the same month last year, according to data from the Greater Houston Port Bureau (GHPB), which tracks traffic on the waterway. A shipping source attributed the gain to continued heavy traffic in clean petroleum products, particularly gasoline and diesel.
“Everybody’s moving that stuff,” the source said. “A lot of it’s going to Mexico and South America.”
Crude tanker traffic, which accounts for the greatest number of ships on the channel, fell by more than 11% in February 2013 year on year to 200 vessels, compared with 226 tankers in February 2012, according to the GHPB data.
Total ship arrivals on the channel also increased about 7% to 630 vessels in February 2013 from 588 in February 2012.
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