A section of the Houston Shipping Channel has been closed following a collision between the Marsk Carla tanker and the Conti Peridot which resulted in a 90-minute spillage of the highly flammable and volatile MBTE gas additive from the Danish vessel.
The US Coast Guard has said that they are assessing the extent of the spillage but are confident that it has been stopped. "The Houston Ship Channel remains closed to all traffic from light 86 to the Fred Hartman Bridge," a US Coast Guard statement said. “There are 26 ships waiting to come inbound to Houston and 14 waiting to leave. The Coast Guard is working to help ensure that the remaining product in the ship is safely secured in order to begin reopening the ship channel.”
All crew on board the Carla Maesrk are thought to be safe.