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Houston Pilots Halted Ship Traffic on Fog, Coast Guard Says

December 15, 2011

(Adds forecast for fog to lift today in last paragraph.)

Dec. 14 (Bloomberg) -- Houston pilots had about 55 vessels awaiting passage through the port’s ship channel after suspending operations yesterday when fog hampered visibility, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

There are 30 ships waiting to enter the Houston Ship Channel, which serves the largest U.S. petroleum port, and 25 waiting to depart, Phillip Woods, a Coast Guard dispatcher, said today in an interview.

Pilots for the ports of Galveston and Texas City, closer to entrance of the ship channel, resumed operations this morning, Woods said.

Southerly winds are forecast to disperse the fog later today, the National Weather Service said today on its website.

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