Fog halts Houston Channel for a second day: U.S. Coast Guard

HOUSTON Tue Feb 18, 2014 11:33am EST

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HOUSTON (Reuters) - About 50 ships were waiting to enter the Houston Ship Channel on Tuesday morning as dense sea fog halted navigation for a second day along the 53-mile (85-kilometer) waterway to the busiest U.S. petrochemical port, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Ship pilots serving the ports of Houston and Texas City, Texas, called a halt to transiting the channel on Monday morning as dense sea fog reduced visibility to unsafe levels, the Coast Guard said.

(Reporting by Erwin Seba; Editing by Meredith Mazzilli)

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carlmartel wrote:
The weather appears to be waging war against the US. Ice and snow ravage the northeast and fog attacks shipping in the south. Given the oil and gas refineries along the Houston Ship Channel, the ships probably carry raw petrolchemicals for the US to refine and use in the US or export to other counties for profit. At about $100 per 55 gallon barrel, we pay less than $2 per gallon but refined products are $3.50 to $4 in the US and up to $10 in other countries.

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