Fuel leaks from listing tugboat in Texas

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

(HOUSTON) — Federal, state, local and contract emergency responders have contained a small spill and are working to stop the leak from a listing tug near San Leon on Saturday.

Responders' preliminary estimations are that about 200 gallons of red diesel fuel has leaked from the listing tug. Garner Environmental Services responders surrounded the leaked fuel and tug with boom and are recovering the fuel at a pace that keeps up with it until it can be secured. Divers are en route to the scene to plug the leak, which should contain what remains of the estimated 7,000 gallons of fuel that is aboard until T&T Salvage responders can right the tug Sunday morning.

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City was notified of the possible situation Friday afternoon and worked with the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management, the Texas General Land Office and Texas City Police Department to begin investigating the report and to coordinate appropriate response measures.

By Professional Mariner Staff