Vessels collide in Houston Ship Channel

Damaged containers sit on the deck of the motor vessel Nederland near the Bayport Ship Channel and Houston Ship Channel intersection near light 75, Oct. 29, 2011.Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a report that the motor vessel Nederland, a 782-foot containership, and the motor vessel Elka Apollon, a 799-foot chemical tanker, collided. (Official U.S Coast Guard photo)

October 29, 2011 8:50:17 PM PDT
Two vessels collided in the Houston Ship Channel on Saturday, causing damage to both and a small hydraulic fuel leak.

The Coast Guard responded to the collision around 9:45am Saturday. They say a container ship and chemical tanker ran into one another at the Bayport Ship Channel and Houston Ship Channel intersection near light 75.

Due to the collision, three containers fell from motor vessel Nederland -- a 782-foot containership -- onto the deck of the Elka Apollon, a 799-foot chemical tanker. One of the containers, containing tractor equipment, leaked a small amount of hydraulic fluid onto the deck.

No injuries were reported and the ship channels remained open to traffic.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident and working with vessel owners to come up with a salvage plan.