Posted on May 13, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
The Panama-flagged LPG Tanker, Genesis River collided with two barges in the afternoon of May the 10th while transiting through the Houston Ship Channel.
The incident occurred at approximately 15:15 in the afternoon, near Light 71-74, some 2,5 miles east and south of the Bayport terminal.
The Genesis River had been en route from Houston to Port Said when it collided with the two barges that had been transiting through the channel with the assistance of a tug.
As a result of the collision, one barge fully capsized while the other was heavily damaged.
Regrettably, due to the significant extent of the damage, the barge’s cargo of blended gasoline started to leak into the channel.
According to initial reports, over 9,000 barrels of reformate have spilt into the channel, but the number is expected to rise.
The Port Houston Fire Department, plus local air monitoring & salvage teams have reported to the scene in order to try and limit the environmental impact on the surrounding area.
“We are continuing to work with the Coast Guard and the other federal regulators to understand the cause of the incident and will be working to recover any of the spilled product and mitigate the impact on the environment,” said Jim Guidry, executive vice president of Kirby Inland Marine, owner of the barges, at a statement to the press on Saturday morning.
The Genesis River suffered bow damages in the incident and has since then been taken to the Shady Oaks harbour, where it remains berthed.
Thankfully, there were no injuries reported as a result of the collision.
While initially, the Channel was closed off to traffic due to the incident, it has reopened as of Sunday morning.