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POSTED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 6:30am

UPDATED: Wednesday, February 26, 2014 - 6:44am

Massive oil ships play ‘chicken’ in the Houston Channel

The Houston Chronicle is reporting; It takes an expert pilot to pull off the Texas Chicken. The maneuver, in which crossing ships set up for a head-on collision and use each other’s wave pressure to swerve safely past.

It's the only way to handle two-way traffic in the Houston Ship Channel, which connects downtown with the Galveston Bay and Gulf of Mexico.

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