Chemical tankers collide near Galveston

Published On: Feb 20 2013 02:06:46 PM CST
Updated On: Feb 20 2013 02:07:35 PM CST

GALVESTON -

Two chemical tankers collided in the Gulf of Mexico Wednesday approximately 70 miles south of Galveston.

According to the Coast Guard, the Chem Sea, a 385-foot tanker, and the Bow Kiso, a 557-foot tanker, collided while headed to Houston around 4:30 a.m.

The Bow Kiso was damaged and the collision caused a fuel leak in the engine room.  Crews were able to patch the leak and pump the remainder of the fuel into an auxiliary tank.

The Coast Guard sent crews to assess the situation.  Also, Marine Safety Unit Texas City will board both vessels to conduct damage assessments and investigate the cause of the accident.

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