New York - Dozens of ships are piling up Sunday as clean-up efforts continue to remove the up to 168,000 gallons of oil that make have spilled into Galveston Bay after a ship and barge collided near the Texas City dike Saturday afternoon. Marine traffic in the Houston Ship Channel from the Intracoastal Waterway to lighter buoy 32 has been suspended for the safety of the responders, authorities said. The ferry connecting Galveston Island and the Bolivar Peninsula is also suspended. Thirty-three vessels, including two cruise ships, are waiting to enter the channel from the Gulf of Mexico.
Thirty-six vessels, including one cruise ship, are waiting to leave Galveston Bay, according to Lt. Sam Danus. Skimming vessels were dispatched Sunday to scoop up oil that leaked afer a cargo tank was breached when a barge carrying 924,000 gallons of fuel oil collided with the 585-foot Summer Wind, a Liberian flag bulk vessel built in 1995. That cargo tank hauled 4,000 barrels, meaning as much as 168,000 gallons of the fuel could have spilled from that compartment into the bay, Coast Guard spokesman Lt. Junior Grade Kris Kidd said.