Tanker, barges collide in Houston Ship Channel


Officials said the unloaded 800-foot tanker, Minerva Maya, reported damage to the port bow. The five barges being pushed by the tug, M.L. Crochet, sustained some damage as well, according to authorities.

All vessels were secured.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City watchstanders were notified of the collision at 9am and began the response.

A team of incident responders, marine inspectors, port state control examiners and marine casualty investigators from the marine safety unit were going to each vessel to conduct preliminary investigations and mitigate any possible risk to the environment or the mariners aboard the vessels.

As of Sunday night, there has been no report of pollution or injury from either vessel.

The cause of this collision remains under investigation.

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