The Unified Command for the Bayport Channel Collision reports that salvage operations were concluded over the weekend on the second barge involved in the May 10 collision on the Houston Ship Channel. Shoreline remediation is ongoing at a site in the Kemah area, in coordination with two impacted property owners, but all other emergency response activities are concluded. Air and water monitoring related to this event has been suspended and the final results of all community air and water testing have been posted on the incident website as of this morning.
The Unified Command consists of the United States Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston, the Texas General Land Office Oil Spill Division, the Port of Houston Authority Fire Department and Kirby Inland Marine. The Joint Information Center that has been supporting the Unified Command is being disestablished, effective immediately, and the JIC phone line is no longer active. Future media or other inquiries related to this incident should be made directly to the appropriate agency or company. The website at www.bayport-response.com will remain active for 30 days, but will not be further updated.
The unified command would like to thank the many responders whose efforts resolved this situation and limited the risk and impacts to surrounding communities. The unified command also appreciates the patience and support of members of the impacted communities as the response was ongoing.