(Reuters) - Most main ports in Texas were closed on Thursday nearly a week after Harvey, the most powerful hurricane to hit the state in half a century, battered the heart of the U.S. energy industry.
The storm paralyzed the Houston area, forcing operators to shut refineries, pipelines and ports crucial to moving crude oil and products around the region and globally.
On Thursday, the U.S. Coast Guard said that it was reopening the Port of Corpus Christi for vessels up to 43 feet draft, while the port said the ship channel was also reopening with certain restrictions. More than 20 vessels awaited berth assignments at the port, the Coast Guard said.
Late on Wednesday, the ports of Houston, Texas City, Galveston and Freeport started reopening with restrictions on vessel traffic.
The Houston Ship Channel, which remains shut, links the busiest U.S. petrochemical port to the Gulf of Mexico.
The restrictions would prevent vessels from moving to the upper ship channel, home to five of the Houston-area oil refineries.
Reporting by Catherine Ngai, Marianna Paragga, Ruthy Munoz and Erwin Seba in Houston and Jarrett Renshaw in New York; Editing by Lisa Shumaker and Grant McCool