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Houston Ship Traffic Resumes as Fog Clears, Coast Guard Says

February 24, 2012

Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) -- Houston Ship Channel pilots were resuming operations at 6:30 a.m. this morning to clear a backlog of 93 deep-draft vessels that developed when fog hampered visibility, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Fog overnight, which capped several days of intermittently foggy weather, left 53 ships in port waiting to leave and 40 waiting offshore to enter the largest U.S. petroleum port, Michael Stevenson, a Coast Guard watch supervisor, said in a telephone interview today. Pilots had last suspended operations at 10 p.m. local time yesterday, he said.

Pilots will begin guiding outbound ships first, to clear dock space for arriving vessels, he said.

--Editors: Tina Davis, Simon Casey

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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