Coast Guard responds to 450,000 gallon oil spill in Port of Port Arthur Texas

PORT ARTHUR, Texas – The Coast Guard and agency partners have formed a Unified Command in response to an oil spill in the Port of Port Arthur, Saturday.

Vessel Traffic Service Port Arthur received notification at 9:30 a.m. reporting a collision between the towing vessel Dixie Vengeance and the two barges it was pushing, and the 807-foot tank ship Eagle Otome. 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 Sabine Neches Waterway is closed to all vessel traffic along the City of Port Arthur’s river front from Intracoastal Waterway mile marker 276 to mile marker 289. The Coast Guard has established a perimeter around the vessels in the vicinity of the reported spill to ensure the safety of the vessels involved as well as the safety of the responders.

No injuries have been reported.

The investigation to the cause is on-going.

Additional resources on scene include:

  • 3 contracted boom vessels
  • 4,000 feet of boom deployed with 10,000 feet of boom available
  • Coast Guard Cutter Manowar
  • 4 25-foot Response Boat-Small from Coast Guard Station Sabine Pass
  • Coast Guard Air Station Houston MH-65C helicopter crew

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