Pilots Halt Traffic in Sabine Ship Channel Because of Fog

The Sabine Pilots Association stopped boarding vessels to guide them through the Sabine Pass Ship Channel yesterday at 4 a.m. local time because of fog, according to Derek Rutherford, a dispatcher with the group.

There are seventeen inbound and outbound vessels waiting to move through the southeastern Texas waterway, he said in a telephone interview.

Ships move through the channel to supply oil to refineries owned by Valero Energy Corp., Total SA and Motiva Enterprises LLC in Port Arthur and by Exxon Mobil Corp. in Beaumont.

Bill Day, a spokesman for Valero in San Antonio, said there was no impact on his company’s operations.

Kayla Macke, a spokeswoman for Royal Dutch Shell Plc in Houston, which jointly owns Motiva with Saudi Arabian Oil Co., said Shell does not provide information on supply or operations details for its refineries.

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