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Houston Ship Channel Pilots Resume Outbound Transport After Fog

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Feb. 3 (Bloomberg) -- Maritime pilots resumed some transport in Houston, the largest U.S. petroleum port, where 40 inbound ships were stalled because fog limited visibility this morning, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

Maritime pilots began guiding vessels from the port through the Houston Ship Channel at 10 a.m. local time today to clear dock space, Lance Bradley, a Coast Guard watch supervisor, said today in an interview. Visibility may remain too poor for two-way traffic today, so inbound ships may anchor offshore until tomorrow, he said.

Transit to the ports of Galveston and Texas City resumed at 9 a.m. after pilots stopped operations due to fog fog at 10:20 a.m. yesterday, he said.

An advisory for dense fog is in effect for the area until noon today, according to a notice posted by the National Weather Service on its website at 9:48 a.m. Fog banks may persist through tomorrow, it said.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jim Polson in New York at jpolson@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Susan Warren at susanwarren@bloomberg.net

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