Houston’s Barbours Cut Terminal Reopened After Vessel Collision

The Houston Ship Channel was reopened Thursday morning, two days after a tanker and bulk carrier collided and  leaked a flammable chemical into the surrounding waters.

All other port terminals in Houston, including the Bayport Container and Cruise Terminal, have remained open and operational since the incident.

Responders finished removing the liquid cargo from the ship’s two breached tanks early Thursday morning. The partial removal of flammable cargo  – Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether –  was a necessary step before the ship could be moved to a safe harbor.  Responders continue to conduct air and water tests, which show no public health or environmental concerns.

The Conti Peridot was moved Tuesday to the Port Authority’s Turning Basin terminal.

The cause of the collision remains under investigation.

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