EXCLUSIVE: Tanker Ships Collided near port of Galveston

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A collision between 2 tanker ships occurred on February 20, 2013 caused internal damages to one of the tankers - Bow Kiso en route to port of Galveston.
The accident was between the Marshal Islands-flagged, 385-foot tanker ship Chem Sea, and the Panama-flagged, 557-foot tanker ship Bow Kiso occurred some 70 n.m. south of Galveston port.
According to information from the USCG, the Bow Kiso experienced a fuel leak in the engine room, but was able to patch the leak and succeeded to pump the remainder of the fuel into an auxiliary tank.
The Coast Guard dispatched crew members aboard an HU-25 Falcon jet from USCG Air Station Corpus Christi and a Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65 Dolphin helicopter to help the situation. Marine Safety Unit Texas City is going to board both tanker ships in order to make damage evaluations and investigate what was the reason of the collision.