Tag Archives: Houston Ship Channel

Collision off Texas City

Photo: Galveston daily News
Photo: Galveston daily News

The 585 foot long, 43176 dwt bulk carrier Summer Wind collided with a tanker barge being towed by the 20 meter long  tugboat Miss Susan in the Houston Ship Channel near the end of the Texas City Dike.  The tanker barge, loaded with 924,000 gallons of fuel oil, suffered water ingress and sank  at the end of the dike.   Reports state an unknown amount of fuel oil was released.   A sheen of oil was spotted in the water around the barge.   Authorities closed traffic on the channel between the Intracoastal Waterway to lighter buoy 32.    Two crewmen on the barge were treated for exposure of hydrogen sulfide.  No reports of injuries on the Miss Susan or the Summer Wind.  Texas authorities and Coast Guard have deployed response teams to contain and clean-up the pollution.

 

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Collision in Houston Channel

Photo: USCG
Photo: USCG

The 119 meter long, 12005 dwt cargo vesesl Genius Star VII collided with an oil barge in the Houston Channel.  The oil barge, loaded with 38100 tons of fuel oil, slammed into the port side of the Genius Star VII.  The  Genius Star VII suffered a gash above the waterline on the portside hull.  No reports of injuries or pollution released.  The Genius Star VII was leaving Houston with a cargo of grain before the collision.  The cause of the incident is under investigation.

 

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Houston Ship Channel Collision

The 237 meter long, 47121 dwt container vessel MSC Nederland collided with the 245 meter long, 101970 dwt chemical tanker Elka Apollon on the Houston Ship Channel near light 75.  The collision sent three containers off the Nederland onto the deck of the tanker.   One container containing tractor equipment has leaked hydraulic oil onto the deck of the Elka Apollon.  No reports of injuries.  The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation into the incident.

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Collision at Houston

The 274 meter long tanker Naticina collided with a barge on the Houston Ship Channel.   The towboat Alliance was towing the barge, loaded with 20,000 barrels of xylene, when the barge struck the tanker.  The Naticina suffered damage to its hull with a breach to its stargobard ballast tank.   No injuries or pollution released.   Authorities are conducting an investigation and conducting surveys for damage.

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