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article image450,000 Gallons of crude oil spilled into Port of Port Arthur

By Andrew Moran     Jan 23, 2010 in Business
A tank ship filled with crude oil collided into two barges being towed by a tug boat, which saw 450,000 gallons (1.7 million liters) of crude oil spill into Port of Port Arthur.
On Saturday, on the coast of Texas, a tank ship located in Port of Port Arthur, which is 100 miles east of Houston, smashed into two barges as they were being towed by a tug boat and approximately 450,000 gallons (1.7 million liters) of crude oil spilled, according to the Associated Press. No injuries or deaths have been reported but the accident left a 15-by-8 foot hole in the tanker.
Immediately after the collision, the United States Coast Guard shutdown a waterway and setup a perimeter around the Eagle Otome and the Dixie Vengeance, reports AFP. The port will remain closed until it is deemed safe for workers and other vessels to return.
“As a result of the collision, the Eagle Otome sustained damage in the vicinity of the number one starboard tank, which was reported to be loaded with crude oil. The initial estimate of spilled oil is 450,000 gallons,” the Coast Guard said in a statement.
CNN reports that the Coast Guard released 4,000 feet of boom, which rounds up the oil, and 10,000 more feet is available for cleanup. The area also contains oil skimmers, three boom vessels, four Coast Guard boats, fire departments and local police.
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