WASHINGTON (March 1, 2018) — The National Transportation Safety Board issued a marine accident brief Thursday in which the agency said a momentary failure of a ship’s governor actuator system led to a Sept. 6, 2016, allision in the Houston Ship Channel near the Intercontinental Terminals Company facility.
The tank vessel Aframax River allided with two mooring dolphins in the Houston Ship Channel, causing a 30-foot long cut in the hull of the ship, and the discharge of about 88,000 gallons of low-sulfur marine gas oil. The fuel subsequently ignited and burned for about 45 minutes. The accident forced the closure of a portion of the channel for approximately 14 hours. Two pilots aboard the vessel suffered minor burns in the fire. The accident caused an estimated $1.5 million in property damage.
Marine accident brief 18-06 is available online at URL https://go.usa.gov/xntsB.