Cruise ships stuck in port as oil spill cleanup continues

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by KHOU.com staff & AP

The Associated Press

Posted on March 24, 2014 at 7:57 AM

Updated Monday, Mar 24 at 10:16 PM

TEXAS CITY, Texas -- Cleanup work continued Monday after a barge struck by a ship in the Houston Ship Channel leaked thousands of gallons of heavy, tar-like oil.

Coast Guard officials said up to 168,000 gallons were dumped from the barge's ruptured tank just inside Galveston Bay.

Even as new passengers arrived Sunday night, Cruises at terminals in Galveston and Pasadena have been told they may not be able to leave until as late as Wednesday. Some passengers were offered refunds, while others chose to wait it out in the port.

Inbound ships were kept waiting as well, although the Carnival Triumph was spotted moving into Galveston Bay early Monday morning.

As of 6 a.m., there were 43 outbound vessels and 38 inbound vessels in the queue for transit, according to the Coast Guard. Once the channel has been determined safe, a list will be established to determine the entry order of vessels.

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