Dredge spills fuel during transfer in Houston Ship Channel

The following is text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(HOUSTON) — The Coast Guard is responding to a diesel fuel spill near Buffalo Bayou on Wednesday morning. 

Sector Houston-Galveston watch standers received a report from the captain of the dredge Susan Crosby that during a fuel transfer the vessel's tank overflowed and released an estimated 1,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the Houston Ship Channel just north of City Dock 45. 

The source of the spill has been contained. 

Sector Houston-Galveston Incident Management Division has deployed absorbent boom using their oil spill response boats to help with cleanup efforts. 

Traffic management measures have been put in place for vessels transiting the Houston Ship Channel inbound of City Dock 20 and 45. Vessels must receive prior approval from the Vessel Traffic Service Houston-Galveston before transiting the area.

By Professional Mariner Staff