Fog causes backlog of vessels in Houston Ship Channel

Fog causes backlog of vessels in Houston Ship Channel

A snag in traffic on the Houston Ship Channel was clearing smoothly on Friday as the dense fog that caused suspension of shipping cleared.

The backlog of outbound vessels was made up by mid-morning but port officials estimated it could take until Saturday to work through the 33 vessels waiting to enter.

One of the world’s busiest waterways, and a vital one for the US economy, the 52-mile Houston Ship Channel is part of the Port of Houston and links the port’s numerous terminals – many of them petrochemicals facilities – to the Gulf of Mexico, through Galveston Bay.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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