Houston Ship Channel reopens after tanker collision

The Houston Ship Channel has been reopened after a collision on Friday May 10th between Genesis River (IMO 9791224), a 755-foot LPG tanker, and a Kirby Inland Marine tug boat towing two barges, each containing about 25,000 gallons of petrol/gasoline.

The Channel was operating with restrictions to shipping on Sunday while officials worked to clear the channel of about 9,000 gallons of gasoline that spilled into the Channel near Bayport, Texas, following the collision.

Salvage efforts were underway to right one barge that capsized and remove a second barge that was severely damaged, the US Coast Guard said. No injuries were reported.

The ship channel was reopened Sunday afternoon to two-way traffic for vessels under tow, and to outboard traffic for all other ships, said Bayport Channel Collision Response, which consists of a group of federal, state and local officials overseeing the clean-up.

On Sunday morning there were 44 vessels waiting to enter the ship channel and 37 vessels waiting to leave, said the Houston Pilots Association.

2018-built, Panama-flagged, 46,794 gt Genesis River is owned by FPG Shipholding Panama 47 SA care of K Line Energy Ship Management Co of Tokyo, Japan. It is entered with Japan Club (Tokyo office) on behalf of FPG Shipholding Panama 47 SA. As of May 13th it was moored in Boggy Bayou, near Houston.