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Houston Ship Channel Pilots to Resume Suspended Traffic

January 23, 2012

(Updates with plan to resume operations in first paragraph.)

Jan. 20 (Bloomberg) -- Ship pilots for the Houston Ship Channel planned to resume guiding tankers and other deep-draft vessels at at noon local time today, ending a 15-hour suspension due to fog at the largest U.S. petroleum port, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

About 28 ships were waiting to enter the ports of Houston, Galveston and Texas City as of 11 a.m. local time today after transits stopped overnight, Albert Hernandez, a watch supervisor with the service, said in a telephone interview. Another 25 were waiting to leave.

A dense fog advisory is in effect for the area until 9 a.m. local time tomorrow, the National Weather Service said in a statement on its website.

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