Collision Closes Houston Ship Channel

Monday, December 13, 2004
The Bolivar/Galveston, Texas, ferry re-opened at 2:50 p.m. after being closed for seven hours today. Sheening was seen on the water near the Bolivar ferry terminal after approximately 42,000 gallons of alkylate, a gasoline blend component, was spilled into the Houston Ship Channel near Galveston from a collision between two tugs and barges this morning. The Intracostal Waterway is open to one-way traffic.

The alkylate, which dissipates very rapidly, came from the #2 and #3 tanks on the port side of the barge MMI 605 being pushed by the Rita M. The barge can carry as much as 1.25 million gallons of the product; approximately 225,311 gallons were in the two damaged tanks.

"Little if any environmental impact has occurred at this time," said Richard Arnhart, Texas General Land Office. "We will continue to monitor the site."

The Houston Ship Channel had been closed since the incident at 4:15 a.m. and the Coast Guard Captain of the Port, Capt. Rich Kaser, re-opened it at 8:30 a.m. The Bolivar Roads section of the Intracostal Waterway and the Bolivar Ferry had been closed since 7:45 a.m. due to the gasoline spill.

Two injured crewmembers on the Rita M were taken to shore where an ambulance took them to the University of Texas Medical Branch.

The Rita M was pushing two barges and the UTV Thunder is an integrated sea-going tug with one barge.

Coast Guard responders are investigating the collision between the Rita M and the UTV Thunder. The unified command consists of the U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Galveston; Texas General Land Office; Higman Marine Services Inc.; Galveston County Sheriff's Office; J.F. Moore International; Marine Survey Engineers; Texas Parks and Wildlife; Texas City Emergency Management; Galveston County Emergency Management; and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

Maritime Reporter March 2014 Digital Edition
FREE Maritime Reporter Subscription
Latest Maritime News    rss feeds

Casualties

Korean Ferry Captain's Detention Could Extend As Death Toll Mounts

South Korean prosecutors investigating a ferry disaster said on Sunday they would seek to extend the detention of the ship's captain and two other crew by 10

First Bodies Recoved From Sunken Ferry

South Korean divers retrieved three bodies from inside a sunken ferry overnight, officials said on Sunday, the first time they have been able to gain entry to the passenger section of the ship.

Sudanese Militants Kill Two, Kidnap Three At Oil Field

Armed militants killed two security staff and kidnapped a Chinese, an Algerian and a Sudanese worker in an attack on an oil field in Sudan's West Kordofan state,

 
 
Maritime Careers / Shipboard Positions Maritime Security Maritime Standards Navigation Pipelines Salvage Ship Repair Ship Simulators Sonar Winch
rss | archive | history | articles | privacy | contributors | top maritime news | about us | copyright | maritime magazines
maritime security news | shipbuilding news | maritime industry | shipping news | maritime reporting | workboats news | ship design | maritime business

Time taken: 0.0847 sec (12 req/sec)