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Houston Channel Open to Inbound Traffic After Oil Spill

The ship channel was shut on Saturday after an oil barge collided with a cargo ship.
Image: Cleanup Continues For Oil Spill In Crucial Houston Ship Channel
Workers with Garner Environmental Services clean up oil at East Beach on the Houston Ship Channel on March 25, 2014 in Galveston, Texas. Thomas Shea / Getty Images
/ Source: Reuters

The Houston Ship Channel has re-opened for inbound ship traffic, the head of the Houston Pilots said Tuesday.

Capt. Clint Winegar said the U.S. Coast Guard gave the pilots "a small window" to allow some inbound traffic to move into the channel during daylight hours.

The Coast Guard first allowed outbound traffic to move earlier on Tuesday to help clear out space for inbound ships.

Winegar said both inbound and outbound traffic will stop at 6 p.m. Central time (7 p.m. ET) and resume at 7 a.m. (8 a.m. ET) on Wednesday.

The ship channel, a crucial waterway for oil shipments to the Houston-area refining hub, was shut on Saturday after an oil barge collided with a cargo ship, spilling about 4,000 barrels, or 168,000 gallons, of residual fuel oil.

—Reuters