Houston Ship Channel Halted by Fog; 70 Vessels Wait.
Fog stalled 70 vessels waiting to navigate the Houston Ship Channel, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The channel closed on Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. and may reopen later today, a watch supervisor at the Coast Guard said by phone from Houston. The waterway is a link for tankers delivering crude oil to refineries at the biggest U.S. petroleum port. Pilots stop navigating the channel when they deem weather conditions are unsafe. Thirty-five ships are waiting to enter the port and 35 are waiting to leave, the watch supervisor said.
Fog also halted shipping at nearby Texas City since Jan. 19 and 18 vessels are waiting to leave or enter the area, the supervisor said.