Cargo ship hits moored barge in Corpus Christi harbor

The following is the text of a news release from the U.S. Coast Guard:

(CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas) — The Coast Guard and state and local partners responded to an allision between a ship and barge in the Corpus Christi Inner Harbor on Thursday at 10:30 p.m.  

Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi watch standers received a call reporting the allision between the Ocean Freedom, a 480-foot cargo ship, and a barge owned by Kirby Inland Marine that was moored. They launched a Station Port Aransas 45-foot response boat and crew shortly after, as well as a marine investigator, marine inspector and pollution responder crews.

A man from the scene went to Christus Spohn Hospital Corpus Christi-Shoreline due to possible knee injury.

No pollution has been reported. The barge was not loaded and the cargo ship was carrying steel.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

By Professional Mariner Staff