HOUSTON, March 25 The Houston Ship Channel has
re-opened for inbound ship traffic, the head of the Houston
Pilots said on Tuesday.
Capt. Clint Winegar said the U.S. Coast Guard gave the
pilots "a small window" to allow some inbound traffic to move
into the channel during daylight hours.
The Coast Guard first allowed outbound traffic to move
earlier on Tuesday to help clear out space for inbound ships.
Winegar said both inbound and outbound traffic will stop at
6 p.m. CDT and resume at 7 a.m. CDT on Wednesday.
The ship channel, a crucial waterway for oil shipments to
the Houston-area refining hub, was shut on Saturday after an oil
barge collided with a cargo ship, spilling about 4,000 barrels,
or 168,000 gallons (636,000 liters), of residual fuel oil.
(Reporting By Kristen Hays. Editing by Andre Grenon)