Texas ports reopen for boat traffic after Nicholas-U.S. Coast Guard

HOUSTON, Sept. 15 (Reuters) – Texas ports of Houston, Galveston and Texas City resumed inbound boat traffic Wednesday, lifting the “Yankee” status they had established ahead of Hurricane Nicholas, the United States Coast Guard.

Nicholas made landfall Monday and passed the Texas coast on Tuesday on its way to Louisiana, causing small floods and leaving more than 400,000 customers without electricity. But electricity suppliers had restored service to nearly three-quarters of the affected homes and businesses on Wednesday. Read more

In the port of Houston, which resumed normal operations at its eight terminals in early Wednesday, about 20 ships remained in transit and three ships were scheduled to depart, according to a transportation report published by Reuters.

The port of Freeport had also reopened early Wednesday, but boat traffic was subsequently suspended due to the leakage of chemical vapors from a railway wagon at a nearby chemical plant, authorities said. L1N2QH2AY

Freeport was one of the areas affected by the power outages after Nicholas hit land as a Category 1 hurricane on the Matagorda Peninsula in Texas, and also forced the temporary shutdown of several crude oil and fuel pipelines. Read more

Some tankers destined to load crude for exports in September to Louisiana ports were diverted to Texas ports, where Nicholas ’delays have added to the degradation of the previous storm, Hurricane Ida.

“Yankee” is a condition in which ports are closed to all incoming commercial traffic, unless authorized by the port captain.

Report by Marianna Parraga and Gary McWilliams in Houston Edited by Chizu Nomiyama, Matthew Lewis and Philippa Fletcher

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