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* United States, Houston, Texas – Ship Channel closure after collision

DATE: March 23, 2014
COUNTRY: United States
PORT: Houston, Texas
Ship Channel closure after collision

Part of the Houston Ship Channel has been closed to enable response
operations following a collision between two vehicles approximately 100
yards off the Texas City Dike, near lights 25/26.

The COTP (Captain of The Port) Houston-Galveston has directed no vessel
movements on the Ship Channel from Lighted Buoy 18 to Light 40, on the
Texas City Channel from Lighted Buoy 1 to Light 10, and on the Gulf
Intracoastal Waterway from mm 348 to mm 352 until further notice.

According to initial information from the US Coast Guard Sector Command
Center, a collision between the UTV MISS SUSAN and the M/V SUMMER WIND
occurred resulting in a pollution incident with an estimated up to 4, 000
barrels in the water.  The Coast Guard has established a safety zone, and
according to VTS, a channel closure is in effect between the ICW and lights
31/32 as well as a closure of east-west ICW traffic.

Reports out of Texas City indicate that emergency responders have evacuated
the Texas City dike, levee, and Bay Street park. Texas City Homeland
Security Director Bruce Clawson told the Galveston County Daily News that
though there is no danger to the public, two crew members have been taken
to hospital for treatment after hydrogen sulfide exposure.

UPDATE – The Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston issued below notification
at 12:12 AM this morning:

The COTP Houston-Galveston directs no vessel movements on the Houston Ship
Channel from Galveston Bay Entrance Channel lighted buoy 3 to light 42, on
the Texas City Channel from lighted buoy 1 to light 17, on the Galveston
Channel from lighted buoy 1 to light 3, and on the Gulf Intracoastal
Waterway from Bolivar Light 14 to Galveston Freeport cut off Channel B 20
until further notice due to a pollution incident in the vicinity of HOUSTON
SHIP CHANNEL lighted buoy 26.

For information about operations in the USA contact GAC USA at
usa@gac.com

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