Greek flagged vessel Tanker M/V Elka Apollon with 24 crew on board (10 Greeks and 14 internationals) collided with Panama flagged vessel M/V “MSC NEDERLAND” in the Houston Ship Channel on Saturday, causing damage to both and a small hydraulic fuel leak.
The Coast Guard responded to the collision around 9:45am Saturday. They say a container ship and chemical tanker ran into one another at the Bayport Ship Channel and Houston Ship Channel intersection near light 75. Due to the collision, three containers fell from motor vessel MSC Nederland — a 782-foot cargo ship — onto the deck of the Elka Apollon, a 799-foot chemical tanker. One of the containers, containing tractor equipment, leaked a small amount of hydraulic fluid onto the deck.
No injuries were reported and the ship channels remain open to traffic. The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident and working with vessel owners to come up with a salvage plan.
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