Video Shows Insane Tanker Fire That Led to Two Houston Pilots Being Awarded the IMO Bravery at Sea Award

On the morning of September 6, 2016, Houston harbor pilots Michael McGee and Michael Phillips found themselves surrounded by towering walls of flames after the tanker they were piloting, the MT Aframax River, lost propulsion and struck two mooring dolphins on the Houston Ship Channel. The allision punctured the tankers hull plating, causing the release of about 88,000 … [Read more...]

Houston Ship Pilots Receive IMO Bravery at Sea Award, Global Shipping’s Highest Honor for Bravery

Two Houston Ship Pilots who risked their lives to bring a burning ship to safety and prevented a major maritime disaster on the Houston Ship Channel have been presented with the International Maritime Organization Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea, the highest honor for bravery at sea in global maritime industry. The pilots, Captain Michael G. McGee and Captain Michael C. … [Read more...]

Two Houston Ship Pilots to Receive IMO’s ‘Exceptional Bravery at Sea’ Award

The International Maritime Organization has awarded the 2017 IMO Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea to two Houston ship pilots for their role in preventing a major disaster when the ship they were piloting broke down and burst into flames in the Houston Ship Channel. The Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea is the IMO's highest honor for bravery at sea. The two pilots - … [Read more...]

Houston Ship Channel Reopens to Vessel Traffic Following Tanker Fire

Update: The Coast Guard Captain of the Port reopened the Houston Ship Channel to all vessel traffic at 3:31 p.m. Tuesday. The Upper Houston Ship Channel was closed at 12:08 a.m., immediately following a bunker fuel spill and fire from the Aframax River, an 810-foot tanker. "This incident could have been much worse, but was mitigated due to the prompt and effective … [Read more...]

Tanker Fire, Bunker Spill Closes Houston Ship Channel

A tanker fire caused by a bunker fuel leak closed a 1 mile section of the Houston Ship Channel overnight as crews worked to contain the spill and extinguish the fire.  The Coast Guard closed the Houston Ship Channel to all traffic for 1 mile stretch southwest of the Battleship Texas State Historic site, between the Cargill facility and the Cemex … [Read more...]