2 chemical tankers collide 70 miles off Galveston coast

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by KHOU.com staff

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Posted on February 20, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Updated Thursday, Feb 21 at 10:51 AM

HOUSTON — Two chemical tankers heading for Houston collided Wednesday about 70 miles south of Galveston, according to the Coast Guard.

Officials say the collision caused some internal damage to one of the tankers.

Watchstanders at Coast Guard Sector Houston/Galveston were notified of the collision by a National Response Center report at around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. The report said that the Chem Sea, a 385-foot tanker, and the Bow Kiso, a 557-foot tanker, collided while heading to Houston.

The Bow Kiso suffered a fuel leak in its engine room, but was able to patch the leak and pump the remainder of the fuel into an auxiliary tank.

The Coast Guard launched crews aboard a jet from Air Station Corpus Christi and an Air Station Houston helicopter to assess the situation.

Officials say the Marine Safety Unit Texas City will board both vessels to conduct damage assessments and investigate the cause of the accident.

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