Coast Guard investigating collision between cargo ship, barge

U.S. Coast Guard
Sunday, March 16, 2014 - 9:43am

The U.S. Coast Guard is currently investigating the cause of a collision in the Houston Ship Channel.

The collision happened between the cargo ship Genius Star VII and a barge loaded with 840,000 gallons of fuel oil in the Houston Ship Channel on Friday.

Watch standers with the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City received a report at 8:30 p.m. concerning the collision.

Fortunately there have been no report of injuries or pollution from either vessel. Both vessels are reporting damage but are in stable condition.

Marine Inspectors and Marine Casualty Investigators from Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston were called to the barge to conduct a preliminary investigation and mitigate any risk to the environment.

A response boat from Station Galveston was launched with a team of marine inspectors and marine casualty investigators from Marine Safety Unit Texas City to meet the Genius Star VII offshore and conduct a preliminary investigation, assess the damage, and mitigate any risk to the environment or the mariners aboard the vessel.

“Due to the quick response of our marine safety professionals here at Texas City, a major environmental incident was avoided,” said Lt. Cmdr. Zeita Merchant, executive officer of Marine Safety Unit Texas City. “We were able to direct the vessels to safe locations to assess the overall damage and ensure the safety of the maritime community.”


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