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Oil boom sparks congestion in Houston Ship Channel

Build-up of sediment could disrupt commerce totalling US$330m a day

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Tight fit: The narrow waterway is used by some 400 vessels every day. Only about 5 per cent of the channel is at its authorised maximum depth and width, according to the port authority. - PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

[HOUSTON] It takes an expert pilot to pull off the Texas Chicken.

The manoeuvre, in which crossing ships set up for a head-on collision and use each other's wave pressure to swerve safely past, is the only way to handle two-way traffic in the Houston Ship Channel, which connects the city'...

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