Video: Container ship and product tanker collide in the Houston Ship Channel

By Accidents

A collision involving the boxship Monte Alegre and the product tanker Chembulk Houston closed the Houston Ship Channel for about two hours yesterday in the afternoon.

According to the video, provided by VTExplorer, the vessels were were proceeding up the channel when the collision occurred.

Petty Officer Dustin Williams with the USCG explained:

“Right after 2 p.m. Thursday a 892-foot cargo ship Montealegre and a 445-foot oil tanker Chembulk Houston collided two miles east of Dollar Bay, south of San Leon.”

There were no reports of injuries or pollution released. Following the collision, the vessels, reported to have been slightly damaged, proceeded to port and docked. At around 4 p.m. local time, the channel was reopened. The reason for the collision is being investigated.

Monte Alegre (IMO 9348065) was built in 2008 and is registered in Germany. The 5,568-TEU vessel is managed by COLUMBUS SHIPMANAGEMENT GMBH. Current position of Monte Alegre

Chembulk Houston (IMO 9285469) was built in 2003 and is registered in Singapore. Manager of the 16,922-DWT tanker is CHEMBULK MANAGEMENT LLC (USA). Current position of Chembulk Houston