LPG tanker GENESIS RIVER collided with barges pushed by tug VOYAGER on the Houston Ship Channel at Light 71-74, at around 1515 LT May 10, while proceeding down the Channel, en route from Houston to Port Said.
The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed the accident, which took place about 3:30 p.m. local time, in the Houston Ship Channel, near Bayport, Texas.
Coast Guard Capt. Kevin Oditt said crews were working on securing the barges, initiating salvage and recovery operations and reopening the channel.
Officials say air monitoring hasn't raised health concerns as clean-up efforts continue following a collision at a busy commercial waterway near Houston involving four vessels that caused a toxic gasoline product to leak into the water. One barge capsized and the other was badly damaged. The shipping channel has been partially closed.More news: Former Afghan journalist Mena Mangal killed in Kabul
No injuries have been reported from the incident.
After monitoring the air quality in the area, League City has determined that there are no harmful chemicals in the air.
'Here is an estimate of where the gasoline-like odor from the barge collision may reach overnight (midnight to 6 am),' they said in the post.
Fire and oil spill response boats were at the site of the collision, and air monitoring was being conducted along the shoreline.More news: African trio share Premier League Golden Boot
Reformate is an intermediate stage in the production of gasoline and is colorless, flammable and toxic to marine life.
The Houston Chronicle reports the closure halted 29 inbound ships and 17 outbound.
A plume of smoke rises from a petrochemical fire at the Intercontinental Terminals Company in Deer Park, Texas, on March 18, 2019.More news: Rapper Kodak Black arrested, Lil Wayne searched by cops at Miami festival