Part of Houston Ship Channel closed because of collision

13 December 2011 17:50  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Authorities closed part of the Houston Ship Channel on Tuesday morning after an acetone tanker collided with an empty cargo vessel, the Coast Guard said.

The Texas waterway was closed between light 28 and light 40, said Chief Warrant Officer Lionel Bryant.

Bryant said there was no acetone spilled from the chemical tanker Charleston. The empty cargo vessel was the Harvest Sun, Bryant said.

Bryant said no one was injured and there was little damage from the incident, which occurred around 1400 hours GMT.

“But we’re asking ships to stay away from the area now because of the heavy fog situation,” Bryant said.

Bryant did not know how long the section of the channel would be closed.

The ship channel is a major thoroughfare for cargo entering and leaving the Gulf of Mexico. The channel serves the port of Houston and refineries and petrochemical plants on the waterway.

For more on acetone, visit ICIS chemical intelligence

By: Lane Kelley
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