Two barges collided in the Intracoastal Waterway off Galveston, Texas. Two tugboats were pushing barges off the Bolivar Peninsula when one of the tugboats suffered a power blackout. The barge being pushed by the disabled tug struck a second barge. A barge was loaded with 3500 tonnes of naphtha caught fire. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze four hours later. No injuries reported. The Coast Guard has dispatched a team to the scene to check for any pollution released or environmental impact. An investigation into the incident has been launched.
The 47 meter long dredger Texas Cutter collided with a barge in the Intracoastal Waterway off Galveston, Texas. The dredge was working off a landing when it became unmoored and went adrift. The crew attempted to stop the drift using the dredge’s spud, a long post that is hammered into the sea floor. The spud was bent by the abrupt stop. The Texas Cutter remained stuck in the center of the waterway blocking traffic. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The Coast Guard was on scene to assist on dislodging the dredge. Reports state a barge struck the dredge during the incident, but no reports of damage to either vessel.
Two chemical tankers collided in the Gulf of Mexico near Galveston, Texas. The 116 meter long, 11642 dwt chemical tanker Chem Sea and the 170 meter long, 33641 dwt tanker Bow Kiso collided while headed to Houston. The Bow Kiso suffered damage resulting in a fuel leak. The crew was able to make patch the leak and pump remaining fuel into an auxiliary tank. No reports of injuries. Both vessels were able to proceed to Houston under their own power. The Coast Guard has launched an investigation into the incident.
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