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Delay related expenses created by the recent oil spill in the Galveston (Houston) Channel are being transferred onto the shoulders of Importers. This is an ongoing issue between Shipping Lines and Importers, as demurage charges continue to take a substantial "Chunk" out of profits for Pineapple Importers.

Houston Channel vessel jam eases as oil cleanup gathers speed

By: Reuters | Mar 27 2014 at 06:40 PM

The number of ships waiting to move through the Houston Ship Channel had fallen by 20 from the day before as the cleanup of an oil spill in Galveston Bay continued to gain momentum, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The number of ships waiting to move through the Houston Ship Channel had fallen by 20 from the day before as the cleanup of a Saturday oil spill in Galveston Bay continued to gain momentum, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

A total of 67 ships were waiting on Thursday to sail to and from the port of Houston along the waterway through which vessels carry crude oil to one-tenth of U.S. refining capacity, according to the Coast Guard.

Of Thursday’s total, 46 were waiting to enter and 21 waiting to exit. Not all of those ships are tankers, there are also container ships and bulk carriers, the Coast Guard said.

The channel was shut when a Kirby Inland Marine fuel oil barge collided with a cargo ship near the entrance to Galveston Bay, spilling 4,000 barrels or 168,000 gallons (636,000 liters) of heavy, black fuel oil. The channel reopened on Tuesday, though ships have to check in at inspection and decontamination stations along the waterway.

The Coast Guard has temporarily banned ships from moving along the channel at night to prevent vessels from spreading the oil to the northern end of the Bay.

The Galveston Bay spill is far smaller than the 260,000 barrels, or 11 million gallons, of crude oil that was released when the Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska in 1989. (Reuters)

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Alphonso (mango)
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Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 

It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

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