Barge collision shuts down Texas shipping channel

13 Mai, 2019, 10:13 | Auteur: Therese Cote
  • The Houston Ship Channel and adjacent refineries part of the Port of Houston are seen in Houston

The shipping channel has been partially closed.

"Air monitoring is being conducted along the shoreline from Sylvan Beach to Kemah", the Coast Guard said.

There were no reported injuries during the collision with the tanker, the Genesis River.

It was the second spill in two months to affect traffic on the 53-mile (85-km) commercial waterway that connects Houston to the Gulf of Mexico.

Emergency responders placed more than 3,800 feet of floating boom lines as of Saturday morning and were planning to lay another 12,150 feet around the barges and sensitive areas along the nearby bay, the group said.

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A collision between a massive tanker and two oil barges has resulted in as much as tens of thousands of gallons of a gasoline product leaking into a shipping channel near Houston.

The barges - pushed by the towing vessel Voyager - were loaded with the gasoline blending component Reformate, which is leaking into the water after Friday's collision near Bayport, Texas, officials said. "However, air monitoring reports for Galveston County show no toxic levels at this time", said Galveston County Local Health Authority Dr.

According to the Coast Guard, some 25,000 tonnes of chemicals were on each barge and an unknown amount had been released.

Reformate is an intermediate stage in the production of gasoline and is colorless, flammable and toxic to marine life.

The National Weather Service said the smell of gas could carry several miles inland. Hundreds of people reported respiratory and other ailments at clinics set up to provide medical aid after the fire.

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