Ships moving both ways on Houston Ship Channel to clear backup

26 March 2014 20:07  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Ships began moving inbound and outbound on the Houston Ship Channel on Wednesday as the waterway continues to recover from a three-day closure due to a fuel oil spill.

Tugs ran through the night moving barges and vessels to reduce a lineup that still numbered 68 vessels in the early afternoon on Wednesday, according to the US Coast Guard, compared with more than 100 vessels that were lined up early on Tuesday.

The backup numbered 47 vessels waiting inbound and 21 outbound.

Daylight-only restrictions still exist for deep-draft vessels, but two-way traffic is moving. The Galveston-Texas City Pilots are back to normal scheduled operations in Galveston, which is near the site of the collision.

The ship channel was closed on Saturday to Gulf Coast traffic, but reopened on Tuesday. An estimated 168,000 gal (636,000 litres) of fuel oil spilled into the waterway because of the collision between the cargo ship Summer Wing and a Kirby Inland Marine fuel oil barge.

By: Lane Kelley
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