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Upper Houston Ship Channel Reopened

A four-mile stretch at the opening of the upper Houston Ship Channel reopened this weekend after salvage crews removed a sunken tug from the waterway.

One crew member was killed when the tug boat J.R. Nichols sank in the channel near the docks of the LyondellBasell refinery in Houston, Texas. The other four members of the boat’s crew were rescued by Lyondell employees.

The heavy-lift crane barge Big John raised the tug, which is now moored near the Lyondell dock.

Four miles of the Houston Ship Channel were closed after the tug sank near the Sims Bayou Turning Basin last Wednesday evening.

The one seaman who lost his life in the tug sinking has been identified as 29-year-old Steven Edward Seymore of Pasadena, Texas, according to the Houston Chronicle.

If you or someone you know suffers an injury or is killed while working offshore, please make sure you speak with an experienced maritime lawyer about your legal rights.  Our team of offshore injury lawyers have represented injured seamen and their families in Jones Act, Death on the High Seas Act, Longshore cases, and other related claims for over 45 years.  We are honored to assist the hard-working men and women who suffer injuries on the job.  Email us for legal advice atinfo@smslegal.com.

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