Houston Ship Channel open after storms

  • Market: Freight
  • 17/05/24

The Houston Ship Channel reopened to all traffic around 1am ET Friday after strong storms closed a portion of the waterway late Thursday, according to the US Coast Guard.

A roughly eight-mile portion of the Houston Ship Channel from the Sidney Sherman Bridge to Greens Bayou closed from 9pm ET to 1am ET due to two ship breakaways and a probe into a potential fuel oil spill, the Coast Guard said.

That span of the channel offers access to Chevron's 112,000 b/d Pasadena refinery, Valero's 215,000 b/d Houston refinery and LyondellBasell's 264,000 b/d Houston refinery, as well as Targa's Galena Park LPG marine terminal and Kinder Morgan's refined product terminal in Galena Park.

A storm brought winds up to 74mph to the Houston area on Thursday night, according to the US National Weather Service.


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