Houston Ship Channel Bottleneck Eases After Collision

HOUSTON, May 14 (Reuters) - A bottleneck of inbound traffic on the Houston Ship Channel eased on Tuesday though one-way travel restrictions remained following a weekend collision between a deep-draft ship and a barge, officials said on Tuesday. About 9,000 barrels of gasoline spilled into the channel near Bayport, Texas, when a 755-foot (230-meter) tanker collided over the … [Read more...]

Houston Ship Channel Shipping Returning to Normal After Chemical Spill, Weekend Storms

HOUSTON, April 8 (Reuters) - Ships were moving inbound and outbound on Monday morning through an area of the Houston Ship Channel that had been contaminated by a March chemical spill, the U.S. Coast Guard said, further loosening restrictions on the waterway. A total of 49 ships - 28 inbound, 21 outbound - were waiting to transit the 53-mile (85-km) waterway between the … [Read more...]

Tanker Bottleneck in Houston Port Eases with Four Arrivals

By Collin Eaton HOUSTON, March 28 (Reuters) - Four tankers on Thursday were preparing to offload or pick up cargoes in the busiest U.S. oil port, the first signs of an easing of the bottleneck that cut 1 million barrels per day of shipments, according to vessel tracking data. The Houston Ship Channel reopened this week with operating restrictions following a fire at Mitsui … [Read more...]

Houston Ship Channel’s Importance Swelled as Oil, Gas Exports Rose

By Ben Foldy (Bloomberg) -- On a normal day, 42 tankers, 19 freighters, 391 barges, 128 ferries and 2 cruise ships will move through the Houston Ship Channel. On any given day, one of those tankers may be as long as 1,500 feet. The last week, though, has been anything but normal. The second busiest U.S. port by tonnage was closed for three days by a cloud of … [Read more...]

Shipping Resumes on Houston Ship Channel Fouled by Chemical Spill

By Joe Carroll, Ben Foldy and Kevin Crowley (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Gulf Coast’s most important industrial waterway partially reopened on Monday after it was polluted with cancer-causing benzene and toxic runoff from the region’s worst chemical disaster in more than a decade. A two-mile (3.2-kilometer) stretch of the Houston Ship Channel’s that’s been closed for … [Read more...]