Galveston-Bolivar ferry resumes 24/7 operations after oil spill

Ferry service had only been operating during daylight hours until further notice

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GALVESTON, Texas - Ferry service has resumed 24/7 operations between Galveston and Bolivar Peninsula after a weekend oil spill closed the Houston Ship Channel.

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) says that ferry service has resumed 24 hours, 7 days a week operations Wednesday.

After the oil spill, ferry service had been limited to operating only during daylight hours between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m.

The vessel Miss Susan was towing two barges from Texas City to Bolivar Peninsula when one of the barges collided with a Liberian flagged vessel called Summer Wind.

Cleanup efforts continue near Texas City.

Coast Guard records show the Miss Susan has been involved in 13 incidents over the last 10 years, 2 of those incidents involved collisions, but none to this severity.

Free ferries haul vehicles and pedestrians from State Highway 87 between Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula. Perez says about 3,000 vehicles and 9,400 passengers use the ferries on a typical Monday.

For updates on the ferry's status, call 409-795-2230.

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