Another Ship Collision in Houston Ship Channel
Earlier this afternoon, two ships collided in the Houston Ship Channel. According to officials from the U.S. Coast Guard, a chemical tanker and a bulk carrier were involved in a collision near Morgan's Point. The chemical tanker was carrying 216,000 gallons of methyl tert-butyl ether (MTBE), a flammable liquid that is used to raise the octane number in gasoline. According to the Coast Guard, the MTBE from one of three tanks on the ship is leaking into the ship channel, though there is no word regarding how much liquid has leaked or whether it has been contained.
The exact cause of the collision is unknown, but officials noted that the channel had seen heavy fog over the course of the day. Early reports indicate that no one was injured during the collision.
The collision comes just four days after an oil tanker collided with a cargo ship in the Houston Ship Channel.