The freight terminals at Barbour’s Cut at the Port of Houston will reopen at 1 p.m. today, rather than 10 a.m., as the U.S. Coast Guard is in the process of moving one of the damaged ships to a berth.
The two terminals - one operated by APM and the other by Port of Houston - are expected to remain open until 7 p.m. today. The APM terminal is also expected to be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Friday, according to an email Land Line received from Clark Freight, a motor carrier that works in the Houston ports. The email states that the terminal will also be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, but will close for lunch. The Barbour’s Cut terminal operated by Port of Houston Authority has not announced late hours or Saturday hours as of Thursday morning.
The Houston Ship Channel at Morgan’s Point is being reopened to commercial ship traffic as of Thursday morning.
Portions of the shipping channel as well as the Barbour’s Cut Terminal have been closed since Monday following a collision between two ships that resulted in a chemical spill.
The spill occurred following a crash between the tanker Carla Maersk and a Liberian bulk carrier, the Conti Peridot. The Venezuela-bound Carla Maersk was reportedly carrying about 216,000 barrels of MTBE, a chemical additive found in gasoline. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, MTBE, or methyl tertiary butyl ether, is a chemical compound used almost exclusively as a fuel additive in gasoline.
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