Cause of Houston Ship Channel collision under investigation

03 June 2013 17:12  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Marine investigators have begun working to find the cause of an early Sunday collision between an empty crude tanker and a tug pushing barges on the Houston Ship Channel, the US Coast Guard (USCG) said on Monday.

There were no injuries and no pollution from the collision between the 800-foot tanker Minerva Maya and five barges pushed by the tug M.L. Crochet, said Lt. Kristopher Kidd, USCG spokesman.

The tanker sustained some damage on the ship’s bow. Kidd said five of the barges were also damaged. Two were carrying lube oil and one contained naphtha, Kidd added. All of the vessels are in stable condition, he said.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City watchstanders were notified of the collision at 9:00 Houston time (14:00 GMT) on Sunday.

By: Lane Kelley
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