Calcasieu Ship Channel remains blocked to LNG vessels, deep draft traffic

The Calcasieu Ship Channel (Courtesy U.S. Coast Guard)

A rock barge remains submerged in the Calcasieu Ship Channel, blocking all vessels but those with a certain draft depth, Natural Gas Intelligence reports.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says the U.S. Navy continues work to remove the barge, which sank last Tuesday in the channel. An oil rig and recreational boat that were submerged as well have been recovered.

Natural Gas Intelligence reports there is no timeline on when when full operations might resume in the ship channel.

Currently, only vessels with a draft depth of at least 25 feet but less than 36 feet are permitted to travel the channel during daylight hours.

The Calcasieu Channel provides access to the Cameron LNG export facility, oil refineries owned by units of Citgo and Philips 66 and other energy facilities.

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