Fog Idles 10 Houston-Bound Ships, U.S. Coast Guard Reports

Fog has idled 10 ships bound for Houston, the largest U.S. petroleum port, the U.S. Coast Guard reported.

Another 12 ships are waiting to depart, Lieutenant David Vihonski, a Coast Guard watch supervisor, said today in a telephone interview. Pilots suspended boardings at 11:15 p.m. local time yesterday because of reduced visibility from dense fog, the Coast Guard said.

A dense fog advisory is in effect until 9 a.m. local time today, according to the National Weather Service.

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