Navigator Europa


The 160 meter long, 17,004 dwt LPG tanker Navigator Europa caught fire while moored at the terminal in the Houston Ship Channel. The Navigator Europa was transferring ethylene when fire broke out in the compressor room. The crew requested assistance with the Coast Guard dispatching several fire fighting vessels to the scene. The firefighting efforts were able to contain the blaze within 90 minutes.  No reports of injuries or pollution released. Authorities stopped traffic on the ship channel for several additional hours until the vessel was inspected and the surrounding area for any toxic flumes.  The Coast Guard reopen the channel to traffic later the same day. No leaks were detected. The incident is under investigation.

Annie Moon

Annie Moon

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The  25 foot long tugboat Annie Moon and a 200 foot long barge sank in the Houston Ship Channel near Galena Park, Texas. During the night, the barge suffered water ingress and began to sink. The tugboat Annie Moon still attached and was pulled down with the barge.  The Annie Moon completely sank while the barge sank with three-quarters of the barge submerged.  No one was on board the vessels at the time of the sinking. Authorities report that 20 gallons of diesel fuel was released into the water.  A heavy lift crane was to be brought to the scene and will remove both vessels from the channel.

Barge Collision off Galveston



Two barges collided in the Intracoastal Waterway off Galveston, Texas. Two tugboats were pushing barges off the Bolivar Peninsula when one of the tugboats suffered a power blackout.  The barge being pushed by the disabled tug struck a second barge.  A barge was loaded with 3500 tonnes of naphtha caught fire.  Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze four  hours later. No injuries reported. The Coast Guard has dispatched a team to the scene to check for any pollution released or environmental impact.  An investigation into the incident has been launched.

Houston Ship Channel Collision

Carla Maersk

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The 182 meter long,  44999 dwt Carla Maersk collided with the 190 meter long, 57001 dwt bulk carrier Conti Peridot in the Houston Ship Channel near Morgan’s Point, Texas. The Carla Maersk was carrying 25,600 mt of methyl tert-butyl ether from Venezuela when it struck by the Conti Peridot carrying a cargo of steel from China.  The Carla Maersk sustained damage to three cargo tanks along its port side.  Reports state an unknown quantity of MTBE pollution was released from the tanker.  The Coast Guard responded and shut the channel between light 86 to Morgan’s Point. No reports of injuries. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state conditions in the area was foggy and light rain.

Monte Alegre

The 272 meter long container ship Monte Alegre collided with the 135 meter long chemical tanker Chembulk Houston  in the Houston Ship Channel near San Leon, Texas. The two vessels sustained slight damage and were able to proceed to nearby berths. No reports of injuries or pollution released.