Bottleneck easing on Houston Ship Channel

A bottleneck of traffic on the Houston Ship Channel eased on Tuesday May 14th. However, one-way travel restrictions remained in place following a weekend collision between LPG tanker Genesis River (IMO 9791224) and a Kirby Inland Marine tugboat towing two barges containing fuel that spilled petrochemicals into the waterway.

About 11,280 barrels of gasoline spilled into the channel near Bayport, Texas, officials according to an update published on Tuesday.

There were 44 waiting at midday local time on Tuesday to enter the 53-mile  waterway that connects  refining hubs in Houston and Texas City to the Gulf of Mexico, up from 35 vessels on Tuesday morning, Bayport Channel Collision Response said.

There were 12 outbound vessels waiting. A further 106 ships were at anchorage awaiting transit.