The 182 meter long, 44999 dwt Carla Maersk collided with the 190 meter long, 57001 dwt bulk carrier Conti Peridot in the Houston Ship Channel near Morgan’s Point, Texas. The Carla Maersk was carrying 25,600 mt of methyl tert-butyl ether from Venezuela when it struck by the Conti Peridot carrying a cargo of steel from China. The Carla Maersk sustained damage to three cargo tanks along its port side. Reports state an unknown quantity of MTBE pollution was released from the tanker. The Coast Guard responded and shut the channel between light 86 to Morgan’s Point. No reports of injuries. Authorities have launched an investigation into the incident. Reports state conditions in the area was foggy and light rain.
The 585 foot long, 43176 dwt bulk carrier Summer Wind collided with a tanker barge being towed by the 20 meter long tugboat Miss Susan in the Houston Ship Channel near the end of the Texas City Dike. The tanker barge, loaded with 924,000 gallons of fuel oil, suffered water ingress and sank at the end of the dike. Reports state an unknown amount of fuel oil was released. A sheen of oil was spotted in the water around the barge. Authorities closed traffic on the channel between the Intracoastal Waterway to lighter buoy 32. Two crewmen on the barge were treated for exposure of hydrogen sulfide. No reports of injuries on the Miss Susan or the Summer Wind. Texas authorities and Coast Guard have deployed response teams to contain and clean-up the pollution.