Saturday, January 23, 2010
Roughly 450,000 gallons of crude oil spilled at the Port of Port Arthur when a 600-foot tanker collided with a towing vessel pushing a loaded barge, the U.S. Coast Guard said. The collision occurred on Saturday, leaving part of the port closed but no reported injuries.
A 15-by-8-foot hole was left in the tanker, the Coast Guard said. A portion of the oil in the damaged tank was moved to another holding tank on the ship to prevent more oil from spilling, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Renee Aiello told reporters. The towing vessel ricocheted and hit another tanker was was tied to a pier.