Tanker Involved in Collision in Houston Ship Channel

Mike Schuler
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June 3, 2013

The unloaded 800-foot tanker, Minerva Maya, sustained some damage after a collision with a tug pushing barges in the Houston Ship Channel on June 2, 2013. No injury or pollution was reported from the incident. U.S. Coast Guard Photo.

The U.S. Coast Guard is again investigating a collision involving a tanker in Texas that resulted in some damage, but thankfully no pollution.

The USCG said Sunday that the unloaded 800-foot tanker, Minerva Maya, collided with a tug pushing five barges in the Houston Ship Channel on Sunday morning.

There has been no report of pollution or injury as a result, but the tanker sustained some damage to its port bow. All vessels are currently secured and in stable condition, according to the Coast Guard.

Last week, a 900-foot tanker carrying approximately 19 million gallons of crude oil collided with a 625-foot bulk carrier approximately 30 miles off the coast of Galveston. The incident resulted in damage to both vessels, but an overflight showed no signs of pollution and no injuries were reported.

The cause of both collisions are under investigation.

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