HOUSTON (ICIS)--Port Houston major vessel sector arrivals declined almost 6% in November, according to shipping data released on Friday.
Only one sector – LPG – showed a gain, rising 8% year on year, data from the Greater Houston Port Bureau (GHPB) showed.
There were two fewer chemical tankers in November than in the same month last year, and also two less oil tankers.
Vessel arrivals at Port Houston in October
All other sectors showed greater declines, with bulk vessel arrivals down by almost 21%, general cargo dropping 10% and containers slipping about 3%.
Total arrivals year to date have increased roughly 2%.
Another indicator of shipping activity on the Houston Ship Channel, tug and tow movements, continued to decline in November as in the previous two months because of traffic slowed by wet weather.
Tug/tow movements dropped almost 6% in November this year over the same month last year. Tug and tows hit a multi-year high in August before skidding on a downward slide during late summer and early fall.