Sunday, February 17, 2008
The U.S. Coast Guard says a supply ship ran into a drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico spilling fuel near a marine sanctuary. The spill happened as an offshore supply ship, the Grady Fagan, hit the offshore drilling rig Ocean Star. The vessel was preparing to unload supplies. An unknown amount of diesel fuel has spilled from a tank on the ship, the Coast Guard said.The fuel tank held 9,000 gallons. The spill happened about 140 miles southeast of Galveston and about 30 miles south of the Flower Gardens Banks National Marine Sanctuary, an environmentally sensitive area. The supply ship is controlling the flooding and transferring fuel from the damaged tank to prevent additional release of fuel.