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Ship Channel Traffic Halted By Fog

There are more than 40 ships waiting in Galveston Bay for ship traffic to resume.

Houston ship channel clogged due to fog.

Dense fog has temporarily halted vessel traffic on the Houston ship channel. Operations were suspended at 2:08 PM Monday afternoon according to the U.S. Coast Guard. There are more than40 ships waiting in Galveston Bay for ship traffic to resume.

Chief Joergens Reno with the Coast Guard says reports are that the fog could stick around all day affecting vessels. "If it lets up in the near future, then typically it would take about a day to catch up. But if the fog sets in and it stays for a couple days, you know, obviously we're looking at a much longer period to get these ships in and out," he says.

Matt Brock, a dispatcher for the Houston Pilots association, says visibility is bad. “Right now if you were to go into a ship, you wouldn’t be able to see the entire length of the vessel,” Brock says. He adds that fog season typically starts in November and runs through April, with intermittent closures expected during this time of year.

Lisa Ashley with the Port of Houston says the delays won’t have any economic impact.

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