Another ship collision in Houston Channel
The clean up process of oil spill caused by vessel collision on Saturday, the second over the last two weeks in the Houston Ship Channel, is continuing. Four skimming vessels and another 20 boats have been deployed in the operation.
According to the U.S. Coast Guard, a safety zone was established to limit the vessel traffic and to prevent the spread of oil. Later, the Houston Channel has been closed to traffic. The estimated amount of oil leak has not been reported officially.
The collision occurred at the entrance of Galveston Bay on March the 22nd. At approximately 12:35 p.m. of local time the U.S. Coast Guard was informed about a clash between the Liberia-flagged bulk carrier SUMMER WIND and an oil barge towed by tug MISS SUSAN. The barge was carrying 924,000 gallons of fuel oil and was damaged by collision, what caused an oil spill into the water.
The partially sunk barge has been removed from the area of accident. The collision remains under investigation.