Posted on November 18, 2019 by Ilias Kiritsis
�Two United States-flagged vessels collided during the morning hours of November the 14th near the entrance to Port Arthur, Texas.
The collision occurred near the entrance to Sabine Pass, between the Offshore Supply Ship, CHERAMIE BOTRUC 22 and the Tug MARIYA MORAN.
According to the United States Coast Guard (USCG), the fuel tank of one of the vessels was breached following the impact, spilling over 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel into the water.
Upon receiving news of the incident, personnel from the Coast Guard Station Sabine and Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, as well as personnel from the Texas General Land Office, Oil Spill Removal Organization, OMI Environmental Solutions and Environmental Health and Safety rushed to the scene and began clean-up operations.
As of writing, the USCG has confirmed that the source of the release has been secured, and the spill contained. Booms have been placed around the vessel, as it remains anchored outside the channel.
Currently, the cause of the collision remains under investigation.
Thankfully, no injuries were reported as a result of the incident. USCG personnel continue to monitor the oil recovery operation.
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