Response to breakaway barges striking I-10 San Jacinto River bridge continues

HOUSTON — A unified command consisting of the United States Coast Guard, federal on-scene coordinator; Texas Department of Transportation, state on-scene coordinator for transportation and infrastructure; Texas General Land Office, state on-scene coordinator monitoring for pollution; and Canal Barge Company, responsible party; are continuing to respond after at least two barges struck the I-10 San Jacinto River Bridge near Channelview, Texas, Friday.

The unified command’s number one priority is the safety of the public and responders. There is currently no health threat to the public. As a precautionary measure, Harris County and OMI Environmental Solutions have deployed air and water monitoring teams on the river and on shore.

At approximately 12 a.m. Friday, nine barges broke away from their moorings at the San Jacinto River Fleet, north of the San Jacinto River bridge.

Six of the barges have been corralled for transport to fleet areas. They include:

Ingram Barge Company: IB1927 containing soybean oil
IB1985 containing soybean oil
IB1960 containing soybean oil
IB1954 containing soybean oil
IB9123 containing caustic soda

Canal Barge Company: CBC1406 containing lube oil

Two of the barges are currently lodged beneath the I-10 San Jacinto River Bridge. These barges include:

Canal Barge Company: CBC1403 containing naptha
CBC193 containing monoethylene glycol

One of the barges is currently beached on a mud flat north of the bridge. This barge is CBC1407 containing lube oil.

There are no reports of pollution from the barges involved in this incident; pollution teams, to include air and water monitoring, remain on site and are prepared to respond if the situation changes. As a precautionary measure, containment boom is staged for deployment if needed.

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