Houston Ship Channel closed after Ship collides with barges

by Kim Boateng Posted on May 11th, 2019

Houston, Texas: An outbound tanker collided with two barges in the Houston Ship Channel, releasing an unknown amount of gasoline product into the water, according to authorities.

The crash happened around 3:15 p.m. Friday, just east of Barbours Cut. One barge capsized. The other was damaged and leaked the product into the water. Both were carrying about 25,000 barrels of reformate.

The name of the 755-foot tanker that struck the barges was Genesis River and it was headed to Bayport Container Dock No. 5, officials said.

Friendswood dispatch reported receiving several calls related to a smell of gasoline within the city. Officials said the smell is directly related to the crash in the Ship Channel.

Galveston County officials said the Port of Houston and Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health are currently monitoring the air quality in and around the accident. County officials said the monitoring reports are not showing any detectable levels of concern in air quality in Kemah and Clear Lake Shores.

League City officials said they placed air monitors around the city and have detected no levels of the product in the air. They said there is no public health threat even though the smell is strong in the area.

Officials said people should turn off air conditioners to limit the smell within homes

Via Sky 2 video, one of the barges could be seen with a significant amount of damage.

No injuries have been reported.

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