Houston Ship Channel fully reopened
The Houston Ship Channel reopened on May 15 to two-way traffic after salvage crews removed the two gasoline barges ‘Kirby 3001ST‘ which was heavily damaged, and ‘MMI 3041‘‚ which capsized and ended bottom up. About 11,280 barrels of gasoline spilled into the channel near Bayport, Texas. The "Kirby 3001ST' was pumped out on May 14, and the removal of the Kirby Corp-operated barges by the Bayport Channel Collision Response was completed by midday and two-way traffic resumed. It previously had been decided to tow away the capsized "MMI 3041" instead of draining its tanks of fuel, speeding up the reopening by at least two days. 41 ships were waiting at noon (5 p.m. GMT) to enter the 53-mile waterway connecting the refining hubs of Houston and Texas City to the Gulf of Mexico, up from 33 in the morning. 24 outbound vessels waited in the afternoon. The accident was under investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board and the U.S. Coast Guard. The "Genesis River" remained stationary at the Bayport Container Terminal.
Restrictions could last all week after collision
The Houston Ship Channel could remain under one-way travel restrictions all week following the collision between the "Gemini River" and two barges barge that spilled about 9,000 barrels of gasoline into the channel near Bayport, Texas. One barge ruptured and the other capsized. The U.S. Coast Guard limited travel to one-way traffic because barges blocked part of the channel. The efforts to offload fuel from the barges and remove them from the channel could extend into the weekend. The damaged barges are in a heavily trafficked area of the channel. It was expected to finish siphoning fuel from the first barge by May 14 and then begin emptying the capsized, second barge. Emergency workers must cut through the hull of the second barge to offload its fuel. Bayport Channel Collision Response was set up to oversee the emergency response and clean up efforts. Reports with photos: https://bayport-response.com/crews-prepare-for-cold-tap-drilling-operations-to-offload-product/img_1020/ https://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/article/Houston-Ship-Channel-reopens-after-vessel-13839503.php
Waterway reopened 2 days after collision
Ship and barge traffic was resumed in the Houston Ship Channel as cleanup efforts continued in the aftermath of a spill that sent thousands of barrels of gasoline blending product into the channel on May 12. There were 33 vessels waiting to move inbound and 27 waiting to exit on in the afternoon of May 11, with 91 vessels at anchor. The accident had halted all traffic between lights 61 and 75. The Coastguard reopened a portion of the channel to one-way traffic between light 66 and 67. Emergency responders placed more than 3,800 feet of floating boom lines in the morning and were planning to lay another 12,150 feet around the barges and sensitive areas along the nearby bay. About 9,000 barrels of reformate spilled into the channel. An estimated 25,000 barrels of gasoline blend stock were loaded on each barge. Federal, state and local agencies are involved in the cleanup and environmental monitoring. The damaged barges have been secured and efforts were underway to remove cargo from the barges with an established priority of ensuring the protection of Galveston Bay from the additional release of product. 2,700 air monitoring samples from the area had been taken and none of them exceeded established action levels, meaning they don't pose a health risk at this point. Water quality testing is being done along the bay. Reports with videos: https://edition.cnn.com/2019/05/11/us/houston-tanker-barge-collision/index.html https://forum.gcaptain.com/t/barges-yes-multiple-barges-and-tanker-genesis-river-collide-in-houston-ship-channel/51482/2Upload News