Salvagers work to remove sunken dry dock in Houston

(HOUSTON) — Salvage efforts continued on Monday to remove a sunken dry dock in an industrial portion of the Houston Ship Channel, The New York Times reported.

Alberto Hernandez, a watch supervisor at the U.S. Coast Guard's Vessel Traffic Service in Houston, said it was uncertain when the dry dock would be cleared near Brady Island in the upper shipping channel. It sank during Hurricane Harvey.

"There is no time frame" for removing the debris, Hernandez said. The area affected is the main stem of the channel. "This is the main port of Houston City Docks, (and) they are blocked due to these salvage operations," he said.

Hernandez said the channel is open to just past Exxon Mobil Corp.'s Baytown refinery to vessels with up to a 40-foot draft. He said there were ships exiting and entering the channel on Monday.

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By Professional Mariner Staff