Coast Guard continues oil recovery operations in Houston Ship Channel

HOUSTON —The oil spill responders continue clean up efforts Monday after the 458-foot tank vessel Chemical Supplier allided with a barge and spilled approximately 10,500 gallons of oil in the Houston Ship Channel Sept. 25, 2009.

The channel, which was closed between Old Manchester Dock Three and City Dock 27, is open to all daylight and nighttime transit for all vessels. Traffic is restricted to a safe transit speed and no nighttime turning of deep draft in the basin.

The Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service is managing all vessel movement.

Responders will continue to work to recover the remaining oil in the area. As of Oct 5, 2009, 51,653 gallons of an oil and water mixture and 380 yards of oily solids have been recovered.

The following resources are being used during the response effort:

  • 8,800 feet of containment boom
  • 16 workboats
  • 19 debris boxes
  • 4 storage tanks
  • 2 vacuum trucks
  • 158 personnel

The following response organizations are working with the Coast Guard in the oil response effort:

  • National Response Corporation
  • US Environmental Services
  • Phoenix Environmental
  • Oil Mop
  • Garner Environmental

The Coast Guard is conducting an investigation into the chain of events leading up to the incident.

The incident occurred Sept. 25, 2009 at 9 p.m. when the 458-foot motor vessel Chemical Supplier was attempting to turn in the Houston Ship Channel near the I-610 bridge and struck a barge tied to a pier.

The Unified Command responding to the oil spill includes the Coast Guard, Texas General Land Office, O’Briens Response Management, Houston Fire Department, and Port of Houston Authority. The Unified Command is located at Buffalo Marine Service, next to Brady Island.

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