Coast Guard Captain of the Port reopens Houston Ship Channel after bunker fuel spill, fire

Coast Guard Captain of the Port reopens Houston Ship Channel after bunker fuel spill, fire
HOUSTON — 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. Around midnight, a pilot aboard the 810-foot tanker, Aframax River, notified Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders...

Coast Guard briefly closes Houston Ship Channel, continues to restrict barge traffic

Coast Guard briefly closes Houston Ship Channel, continues to restrict barge traffic
HOUSTON — Flood levels and record setting water current coming from the San Jacinto River caused a closure of the Houston Ship Channel after 12 barges broke free Sunday. The Houston Ship Channel was closed to all traffic from light 111 to light 128 from 8:49 a.m. to 1:06 p.m. and was then open to ships, but restricted for barge traffic. At 3:45 p.m., the earlier restriction was lifted and barges...

Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman near San Leon, Texas

Coast Guard suspends search for missing fisherman near San Leon, Texas
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard suspended their search for a missing fisherman in the Houston Ship Channel near Eagle Point around 6:45 p.m., Saturday. Response crews searched for 25 hours and covered approximately 272 square miles in their search for 49-year-old Ba Van Nguyen. Their search efforts saturated the Houston Ship Channel and its smaller tributaries to the north and northeast. “Our deepest...

Coast Guard, Police, good Samaritan continue search for missing fisherman

Coast Guard, Police, good Samaritan continue search for missing fisherman
The tugboat, Ian Earle, sits next to the 54-foot shrimp boat, Regina Pacis, after it was seen spinning in circles with gear set in the channel with no one aboard. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Andrew Rodriquez HOUSTON — Coast Guard crews continue to search for a fisherman in the Houston Ship Channel near Eagle Point, Saturday. Missing is Ba Van Nguyen, 49-years-old. “We’ve...

Coast Guard reopens Houston Ship Channel after refinery explosion

Coast Guard reopens Houston Ship Channel after refinery explosion
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port has reopened the Houston Ship Channel from Cotton Patch Bayou to Sims Bayou after a precautionary safety zone had been put in place due to an explosion at Pasadena Refining System, Inc., Saturday morning. At 10:30 a.m., a Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstander observed smoke rising in the sky over the tree-line outside an office window and...

Houston Ship Channel closed briefly due to boat fire at LyondellBasell facility

Houston Ship Channel closed briefly due to boat fire at LyondellBasell facility
Houston Marine Fire Department boat on scene of a tug boat fire around 2 a.m., Feb. 26, 2016.  (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Joseph Mccune) HOUSTON — The Coast Guard Captain of the Port closed the Houston Ship Channel with a safety zone near Interstate 610 from 12:15 a.m. to 2 a.m. Friday, as their crews and local fire departments responded to a tugboat engulfed in flames, moored at...

Fire on liquid gas carrier closes Upper Houston Ship Channel near I-610 bridge

Fire on liquid gas carrier closes Upper Houston Ship Channel near I-610 bridge
HOUSTON — The Coast Guard and other agencies are responding to a fire aboard a liquid gas carrier that occurred around 9:45 a.m. Monday, which caused the closure of about 2 miles of the upper ship channel from Houston Ship Channel light 164 to light 151 (near Greensport Dock West). The fire is out, all personnel are accounted for and on scene air monitoring has not detected any further threat...

Coast Guard assists 2 from disabled boat in Houston Ship Channel

Coast Guard assists 2 from disabled boat in Houston Ship Channel
A Station Houston boat crew tows the disabled boat toward Sylvan Beach Sunday. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Seaman Kimberly Curran) HOUSTON — A Coast Guard boat crew assisted two men when their boat stopped working near Morgan’s Point, Sunday afternoon. At approximately 11:45 a.m. the Coast Guard Vessel Traffic Service Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a distress call from a good Samaritan...

Coast Guard oversees work to remove grounded tug, tank barge on Galveston Island, Texas

Coast Guard oversees work to remove grounded tug, tank barge on Galveston Island, Texas
The tugboat, Peter F Gellatly and barge, Double Skin 504, sit grounded near East Beach. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Cmdr. Ricardo Alonso) GALVESTON, Texas — The Coast Guard is working closely with contractors and the owner of a seagoing tug and empty tank barge Monday, after the vessels became beached in the vicinity of East Beach on Galveston Sunday. The Peter F Gellatly and barge Double Skin 504...