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Houston ship channel reopens after fiery incident; crew safe

A one-mile stretch of the Houston ship channel has re-opened after it was closed for 14 hours because of a fire and fuel spill.

The Houston Ship Channel has re-opened to all vessel traffic after an early-morning tanker fire and fuel spill caused it to shut down for 14 hours.

The Coast Guard […]


APM Terminals to shut down Houston facility, affecting more than 100 jobs

The Hague-based APM Terminals, part of Denmark-based Maersk Group, is shutting down its Houston operations earlier than expected, affecting 109 jobs.

The closure will affect 23 nonunion jobs and 86 union jobs, though the letter did not specify which union represents APM’s Houston employees.

Meanwhile, the Port of Houston has been home to a flurry […]


Houston Ship Channel fully reopens after collision

The Carla Maersk sustained significant damage and had been carrying approximately 216,000 barrels of MTBE.

The Houston Ship Channel fully reopened Thursday morning after a collision between two vessels caused flammable gasoline additive to spill and forced a section of the major waterway to close for three days.

A 4- to 8-mile section of […]


Part of Houston channel shut after tanker, carrier collide

A portion of the busy Houston Ship Channel was shut Monday after two 600-foot ships collided in fog, causing a leak of flammable liquid.

Methyl tertiary-butyl ether, or MTBE, a gasoline additive aboard the Danish-flagged chemical tanker Carla Maersk, leaked from tanks that ruptured in the vessel’s collision with a 623-foot Liberian bulk carrier, Conti […]


Kinder Morgan announces land purchase, plans to construct dock and expand terminal capacity in Houston

From a Kinder Morgan news release:

Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P. has announced it will invest $106 million to purchase approximately 20 acres adjacent to its Pasadena, Texas, terminal, build nine new tanks with a storage capacity of 1.2 million barrels at its Galena Park terminal under long-term customer agreements, and construct a new barge […]


Jaxport Gets New Calls by China Shipping, UASC

The Port of Jacksonville will get new calls this month by China Shipping and United Arab Shipping, which participate in a vessel-sharing agreement with CMA CGM in its PEX 3 service.

This development makes Jaxport the last port of call on the PEX 3 rotation’s westbound leg, following U.S. calls at Houston, Mobile and Miami.



Houston port worker killed at container terminal

Barbour's Cut Container Terminal

The Port of Houston Authority has confirmed the death of a port worker in Morgan’s Point on Tuesday, December 6.

Joe Trevino, vice president of the International Longshoremen Association, said Allan Chase was killed by a 250,000 ton rubber tire gantry crane when he was walking toward an amenities building […]