Aframax AFRAMAX RIVER fire and spill, Houston

At around midnight Sep 6 pilot on board of crude oil tanker AFRAMAX RIVER reported to Houston-Galveston sector Coast Guard fire on board, after hull was punctured by unidentified object in bunker tank area, sparks ignited fire. Understood vessel was underway, proceeding to berth, when she struck unidentified object. Tanker is in ballast, fire was extinguished with the help of fire tugs. Some fuel was spilled, Houston Ship Channel was closed at 0008 LT Sep 6, Coast Guard established a safety zone from the Cargil facility to the Cemex docks. No injures reported, crew understood to remain on board.

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