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Houston Ship Channel Has 68 Vessels Stalled, Coast Guard Says

March 02, 2012

Sixty-eight ships were waiting to pass through the Houston Ship Channel, which serves the largest U.S. petroleum port, after heavy fog halted traffic overnight, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

As of 6 a.m. local time, 38 vessels bound for Houston were waiting to enter the channel at the mouth of Galveston Bay and 30 were waiting to depart, Albert Hernandez, a Coast Guard watch supervisor, said in a telephone interview.

Houston ship pilots halted operations about 11:15 p.m. overnight, he said.

Pilots for the ports of Galveston and Texas City halted transits at 10:15 p.m., he said. They have three ships waiting to arrive and two ship waiting to leave, Hernandez said.

A dense fog advisory is in effect across southeast Texas to 10 a.m. local time today, according to the National Weather Service website.

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