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Oil spill delays councilman's return home
GALVESTON - By Justin Hinton, KFDM News
Port Arthur Mayor Pro Tem, Bob Williamson, returned to the Port of Galveston 12 hours later than expected due to spilled oil in the Houston Ship Channel Saturday afternoon.
There's a light sheen on the water, kind of a plume that comes down the center of the channel, but nothing that resembles the heavy crude that has leaked from the vessel, so they've been able to contain that pretty well, Williamson told KFDM News by phone.
He and his wife set sail Thursday on the Carnival Triumph for a spring break trip to Cozumel.
Saturday, Coast Guard officials said up to 168,000 gallons spilled into the Houston Ship Channel after a ship and a barge collided, shutting down the channel to traffic.
On the way in, there were dozens, maybe tens of dozens of ships of all kinds, he said, Just waiting.
Eventually, his ship was able to dock, 12 hours after it was originally scheduled to do so.
It hasn't been bad for us. For other passengers, it's been a substantial inconvenience but the Carnival people have done their best to take care of us, he said.