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Morgan's Point Collision; Houston Ship Channel, TX

Houston Ship Channel, TX | 2015-Mar-09

Initial Notification: On March 9, 2015, the M/V Carla Maersk and M/V Conti Peridot collided in Galveston Bay, TX. The M/V Carla Maersk was carrying methyl-tert-butyl-ether (MTBE). It was reported that three cargo tanks were breeched and an unknown amount of MTBE has spilled. USCG has requested NOAA scientific support including chemicals fate in the water and air, ecological and human health hazards, chemical trajectory, and environmental resources at risk information.

Incident Details
Primary threat:Chemical
Products of concern:methyl-tert-butyl-ether (MTBE)
Total amount at risk of spill: 36,000 barrels
Latitude (approximate): 29° 40.90′ North
Longitude (approximate): 94° 59.10′ West