Houston Ship Channel shut for third day after collision, oil spill

The Houston Ship Channel, which delivers crude oil for more than 10% of all U.S. refining capacity, is shut for a third day as the cleanup from a Saturday spill threatens to last through the week.

A collision between a Kirby (KEX) Inland Marine oil barge and a cargo ship spilled ~4K barrels of residual fuel oil; now, 43 ships are waiting to go out from the port of Houston and 38 ships are waiting to come in.

Exxon Mobil (XOM) says the closure has not yet affected operations at its 560K bbl/day refinery in Baytown, Tex., second largest in the U.S.; Marathon Petroleum (MPC) has not discussed operations at its 451K bbl/day Galveston Bay refinery and 80K bbl/day Texas City refinery.

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  • Jack Lance
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    Kirby Inland Marine was involved in another collision, just a week earlier, when one of its barges collided with a Freighter hauling rice out of Houston in almost the exact same spot. The headline was "Disaster averted" well maybe that headline was a bit premature




    It is great that they are flipping for the cost of this clean-up but perhaps they should train their barge Captain's a little better and perhaps forgo pushing barges filled with heavy oil in foggy conditions. Was it really that important for that oil to get there that fast that it couldn't wait for a fog to lift?
    24 Mar 2014, 01:05 PM Reply Like
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