Coast Guard establishes unified command to respond to allision, pipeline fire south of New Orleans

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NEW ORLEANS — Responders continued to monitor and prepare salvage, firefighting and pollution contingencies for a tug and barge that allided with a pipeline near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans Wednesday.

The fire reportedly has reduced in size by approximately 30 percent, and there are no reports of oil in the water. Visual imagery intially indicated potential pockets of crude oil; however, those areas have been determined to be particulate ash from the liquefied natural gas burn off.

Approximately 2,200 barrels of crude oil remain on board the barge and has not been compromised.

A staging area has been established at the C & M Fuel Dock.

The Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team have arrived on scene and are underway to check spill trajectory.

There are approximately 40 response personnel on scene.

Resources deployed for the incident:

  • The 160-foot Coast Guard Cutter Axe and crew;
  • Two sections of containment boom, 6,000 feet and 7,000 feet;
  • Two Marco skimmers;
  • Ten response vessels;
  • Two oil spill response trailers.
A Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 24-foot Special Purpose Craft - Shallow Water boatcrew monitor a pipeline fire near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans, March 13, 2013. The Coast Guard is working with federal, state and local agencies in response to this incident to ensure the safety of responders and contain and clean up any oil that is leaking. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets)

A Coast Guard Station Grand Isle 24-foot Special Purpose Craft – Shallow Water boatcrew monitor a pipeline fire near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans, March 13, 2013. (U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Ryan Tippets)

The unified command consists of the U.S. Coast Guard, Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator’s Office, Settoon Towing, Jefferson and Lafourche Parishes, Chevron and ES&H.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.

Editors Note:  Some readers have ask about the use of the words allision vs collision. A collision is when two underway vessels run into each other. An allision takes place when a vessel runs into a fixed object, i.e. Bridge, Pier, anchored vessel or, as in this case, a pipeline

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