18-05-2016

Houston Ship Channel traffic flowing again as fog lifts

Houston

Traffic was moving again on the Houston Ship Channel Tuesday morning as a heavy fog began to dissipate.

“We have one ship still at anchor in the ship channel, but the other one that was at anchor is moving,” Port Dispatcher William Allen said.

Dispatchers halted all vessel movements from the Fred Hartman Bridge to Carpenters Bayou at 6:47 am CST (1147 GMT) after a dense fog quickly descended on the area, Allen said.

“It’s pretty stout right now, but it looks like it is starting to burn off,” he said.

The dispatcher said boardings continued during the foggy period and traffic was expected to move normally.

“Everything is right on time right now,” he said.

The suspension of ship movements in the Houston Ship Channel impacts the delivery and loading schedules of crude oil, petroleum and petrochemical products. The 52-mile ship channel provides access from the Gulf of Mexico through Galveston Bay to various ports in Houston and other cities in the area that have many industrial facilities, including refineries, petrochemical plants and steel and metal facilities.

Source: Platts

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