Coast Guard responds after container ship and chemical tanker collide

Coast Guard District 8 NewsHOUSTON — The Coast Guard is responding to a collision between a container ship and chemical tanker at the Bayport Ship Channel and Houston Ship Channel intersection near light 75, Saturday.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston received a report at approximately 9:47 a.m., that the motor vessel Nederland, a 782-foot container ship, collided with the motor vessel Elka Apollon, a 799-foot chemical tanker.

Due to the collision, three containers fell from the Nederland onto the deck of the Elka Apollon. One of the containers, containing tractor equipment, is currently leaking a small amount of hydraulic fluid onto the deck.

The ship channels are still open to traffic at this time.

There are no reported injuries and the Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

The Coast Guard and the vessel operator/owners are currently working on a salvage plan.

“Coast Guard efforts are presently focused on returning these vessels to safe operations as soon as possible and maintaining safe and efficient operations on the Houston Ship Channel,” said Capt. Hal Pitts, deputy commander at Sector Houston-Galveston.

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