Fire on LPG tanker leads to closure of Houston Ship Channel

A fire on board a Navigator Gas tanker led to the closure of a two-mile stretch of the Houston Ship Channel on Monday.

Liberian-flagged tanker Navigator Europa, was moored at Targa’s Galena park export terminal when the fire occurred while it was loading ethylene.

The blaze was extinguished within 90 minutes but the US Coast Guard (USCG) required the stretch of the waterway to remain closed while checks were done for possible toxic fumes.

All crew members were accounted for, the USCG said.

The 52-mile Houston Ship Channel is one of the world’s busiest waterways. It is part of the Port of Houston and links the port’s numerous terminals – many of them petrochemicals facilities – to the Gulf of Mexico, through Galveston Bay.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.
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