An oil tanker spill sparked a fire Tuesday and closed down part of the Houston Ship Channel.

According to KHOU, the Aframax River oil tanker suffered a hull rupture early Tuesday morning that caused a bunker oil spill and started a fire.

The fire was extinguished but a one mile stretch of the channel south of the Battleship Texas was still closed as of Tuesday morning.

No injuries were reported.

According to ABC13, a portion of the channel was expected to remain closed until at least 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday to prevent other ships from tracking fuel through the channel.

The size of the oil spill is not currently known.

Shipping sources told Platts that the Panama-flagged Aframax River was chartered by Brazil’s Petrobras and was loaded at the end of August with 70,000 metric tonnes of non-heated crude.

The U.S. Coast Guard told Platts that the hull rupture occurred at the Intercontinental Terminals Company at Buffalo Bayou.

Officials are still investigating the cause of the incident.

The Coast Guard told KHOU that the rupture could have been caused by a collision with an underwater sewer line.


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