Posted: Mar 24, 2014 5:31 AM
Updated: Mar 24, 2014 5:31 AM
GALVESTON, Texas (AP) Ferry service between Galveston and Port Bolivar (BAH'-lee-vur) has been suspended following an oil spill that closed the Houston Ship Channel.
Texas Department of Transportation spokesman Danny Perez said Monday that ferry service could be out for several days at the request of the Coast Guard.
A barge carrying about 900,000 gallons of the heavy oil collided with a ship Saturday in Galveston Bay, spilling as much as a fifth of its cargo. Cleanup efforts continue along the stretch of channel at Texas City, about 45 miles southeast of Houston.
The free Galveston-Port Bolivar ferry transports vehicles and pedestrians on State Highway 87 between Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula. Ferry service that usually operates 24 hours per day was suspended after Saturday afternoon's oil spill.