While the Port of Galveston is open, the U.S. Coast Guard had closed the shipping lane and restricted traffic in the area.
|UPDATE: March 24, 2014 4:00 PM (Source: John Heald Carnival Sr. Cruise Director)|
UPDATE: March 24, 2014 Noon
Carnival Magic, Carnival Triumph and Royal Caribbean's Navigator of the Seas are all being held at the Galveston port. Magic and Navigator of the Seas were scheduled to depart yesterday, while Triumph was supposed to leave today. Princess' Caribbean Princess has now been stuck in Houston's Bayport terminal since Saturday.
Coast Guard officials did allow two cruise ships to travel through the incident area by late afternoon to minimize inconvenience to the thousands of passengers aboard and limit economic impacts from the spill. However, neither vessel will be allowed to leave the port again until deemed safe to do so.
Persons with questions regarding the cruise ships’ transit plans are urged to contact those individual cruise lines for specific information.
There are several response vessels on site attempting to protect the environment from this spill.
U.S. Coast Guard
Port of Galveston
Perhaps it is ironic, but this incident occurred just 2 days prior to the 25th Anniversary of the Exxon Valdez disaster.
Here is a video published by Greenpeace:
The United States of Oil Spills (25th Anniversary of Exxon Valdez)