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News ID: 68756 |
Publish Date: 10:58 - 07 September 2016

Houston Ship Channel Reopens

The Houston Ship Channel has re-opened after a tanker fire and fuel spill caused it to shut down for 14 hours on Tuesday.

Houston Ship Channel Reopens
According to MANA, The unladen vessel, Aframax River, is suspected to have hit an object, possibly a submerged sewer line.
The incident resulted in one of the vessel’s fuel tanks being punctured. The cause of the fire is not yet known, but no injuries have been reported. Flames reached as high as 200 feet.
"This incident could have been much worse, but was mitigated due to the prompt and effective response of two Port of Houston Authority fire boats," said Captain Peter Martin of the U.S. Coast Guard.
The owner and operator of the tanker is Greek company Aframax River Marine
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