Full ferry service resumes after Texas oil spill

In this photo taken on Sunday, March 23, 2014, oil containment booms are spread out near the idle Galveston-Bolivar Ferry terminal in Galveston, Texas. The Coast Guard partially reopened one of the nation's busiest seaports to ship traffic Tuesday, March 25, three days after a collision between a barge and a ship spilled up to 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil into the waters south of Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool)
In this photo taken on Sunday, March 23, 2014, oil containment booms are spread out near the idle Galveston-Bolivar Ferry terminal in Galveston, Texas. The Coast Guard partially reopened one of the nation's busiest seaports to ship traffic Tuesday, March 25, three days after a collision between a barge and a ship spilled up to 170,000 gallons of tar-like oil into the waters south of Houston. (AP Photo/Houston Chronicle, Smiley N. Pool)

TEXAS CITY, Texas (AP) — The Texas Department of Transportation says full ferry service has resumed between Galveston and Bolivar Peninsula after a weekend oil spilled closed the Houston Ship Channel.

The agency said Wednesday that travelers should continue to use caution as oily conditions still exist. The ferry service returns to its normal 24-hour operation. On Monday it started providing daylight-only service.

The oil spill happened Saturday afternoon following a collision between a barge and a ship just inside the mouth to Galveston Bay. State officials shut down ferry service at the request of the Coast Guard amid safety concerns.

Ferries operate free of charge and haul thousands of vehicles and pedestrians daily from State Highway 87 between Galveston and Bolivar Peninsula.

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