Maritime pilots stopped guiding vessels through the Houston Ship Channel before dawn today because fog reduced visibility at the largest U.S. petroleum port, the Coast Guard said.
Pilots halted transits to Houston at 4:45 a.m. local time today, Phillip Woods, a Coast Guard watch supervisor in Houston, said in an interview. Pilots who guide ships to the ports of Galveston and Texas City halted at 5:15 a.m., he said.
The suspension left eight deep-draft vessels waiting for passage to Houston and nine ships in the port as of 6 a.m. local time, he said. Two ships were waiting passage to Galveston or Texas City
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