REFILE-Leaky oil tanker removed from shut Texas waterway

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* Key Sabine-Neches Waterway could reopen on Thursday

* At least 26 ships waiting to use the channel

NEW YORK, Jan 27 (BestGrowthStock) – The U.S. Coast Guard said on
Wednesday it had removed a leaky oil tanker from a key inland
waterway near Port Arthur, Texas, after it spilled about 11,000
barrels of crude oil on Saturday and forced the waterway to
close.

Removal of the ship could allow the key Sabine-Neches
Waterway, which serves regional oil refineries, to be reopened
to tanker traffic as early as Thursday, a Coast Guard officer
said.

The Eagle Otome, which collided with a barge on Saturday
and spilled part of its crude oil cargo, was cleared from the
waterway and docked at nearby Beaumont, Texas, Coast Guard
Petty Officer Larry Chambers told Reuters on Wednesday.

“This is a big step towards getting the waterway reopened,”
Summers said. “Thursday remains the target (for reopening).”

As of late Tuesday, there were at least 26 ships awaiting
passage through the channel, which serves four refineries that
process up to 1.15 million barrels a day, Summers said.

There were 12 outbound ships in the queue, while 14 inbound
ships were waiting, he added.

When the channel reopens, outbound ships will be allowed
passage first, before inbound ships are allowed passage and the
channel can then be opened for normal, 24 hour-a-day, two-way
traffic, Summers said.

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(Reporting by Joshua Schneyer; Editing by Walter Bagley)

REFILE-Leaky oil tanker removed from shut Texas waterway