The Houston Ship Channel, which links the Gulf of Mexico to the largest U.S. petroleum port, had 47 vessels including tankers backed up and waiting to enter because of fog, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.
Houston pilots ceased boarding ships for safety reasons at 4:40 p.m. local time yesterday, Levi Campbell, a Coast Guard watch supervisor, said today in an interview. A halt by pilots who guide ships to the ports of Texas City and Galveston, also inside Galveston Bay, had left 12 ships waiting to enter as of 9 a.m. local time today, he said.
Delays tied up 18 ships in Houston and six in Texas City and Galveston, he said.
The National Weather Service at 8:18 a.m. posted a dense fog advisory through noon today.