Gas Spill Causes Port of Houston Delays

Posted on May 14, 2019

A collision outside of the Port of Houston between a 755-foot commercial tanker and two barges caused delays and congestion in the port of Houston the weekend of May 11th. Parts of the Houston shipping channel remained closed through the weekend while the U.S Coast Guard and Galveston County authorities attempt to contain the hazardous spill.

Initial Estimates states that up to 25,000 barrels of reformate, a refined gasoline product, were released into the Gulf of Mexico. The smell of gasoline can be detected both in the shipping channel as well as the surrounding land area.

 46 container ships were delayed over the weekend due to this collision, and port congestion should be expected throughout the week.

Contributor: Jacob Lane 


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