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Fog Stalls 48 Houston-Bound Ships, Coast Guard Says

February 24, 2012

Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Forty-eight ships were awaiting passage through the Houston Ship Channel to the largest U.S. petroleum port at about 6 a.m. local time today after dense fog hampered visibility for a third morning, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Houston port pilots suspended transits at 6 p.m. local time yesterday, Albert Hernandez, a Coast Guard watch supervisor, said today in a telephone interview. Pilots serving other ports in Galveston Bay, Galveston and Texas City halted operations at 6:15 p.m., he said.

As of 6 a.m., 26 ships were in Houston waiting to depart, he said. For Houston and Texas City, five ships were waiting to enter Galveston Bay and three were waiting to leave, he said.

A dense fog advisory is in effect for the area until noon local time today, the National Weather Service said in a 3:13 a.m. local time notice on its website.

--Editors: Jessica Resnick-Ault, David Marino

To contact the reporter on this story: Jim Polson in New York at jpolson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Susan Warren at susanwarren@bloomberg.net


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