15 July 2010 23:49 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS news)--Federal and state authorities have begun the salvage of a chemical tanker that ran aground near the Houston Ship Channel earlier this week, the US Coast Guard (USCG) said on Thursday.
Tugboats failed to free the 523-foot (160 metre) Isabel Knutsen, which got stuck in less than 30 feet of water at the intersection of the ship channel and the ?xml:namespace>
Vessel traffic in the area continued as normal, the USCG said.
The vessel, which was not leaking any oil or cargo, was carrying 15,520 tonnes of various chemicals including cyclohexane, benzene, naphtha and hyvolt transformer oil, plus 663 tonnes of fuel oil when it reportedly lost steering Wednesday morning, according to the USCG.
The Coast Guard was investigating why the ship ran aground, said Lt. Timothy Tilghman.
The water depth where it grounded ranged from 17 to 30 feet in spots, Tilghman said.
The ship's cargo was offloaded so the ship so it could be refloated and prevent any pollution or environmental damage, the Coast Guard said.
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