Chemical tanker Carla Maersk collided with bulk carrier Conti Peridot, chemical leaked, Houston
Chemical tanker Carla Maersk and bulk carrier Conti Peridot collided at 1233 LT Mar 9 in Houston Ship Channel. Carla Maersk with 25560 tons of chemical Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether on board was outbound, Conti Peridot was inbound. Three of Carla Maersk portside cargo tanks were breached, unknown quantity of chemical leaked. Traffic in Houston Ship Channel between light 86 and Morgan’s Point was closed. The chemical, used to prevent a knocking noise in the engine, is flammable and smells like paint thinner, according to the EPA's website. It can cause dizziness, nausea and trouble breathing if inhaled. Although the chemical is shipped in liquid form, it rapidly volatilizes into the air and becomes a vapor. The people of Morgan's Point were ordered to shelter-in-place and keep windows closed, not run air conditioning and stay inside. The shelter-in-place was lifted at 2200 LT. the cause of collision yet unknown. Both vessel were anchored, investigation under way. Damages can be assessed by viewing USCG photos.