Fuel spills after accident involving tug, vehicle carrier near Port Arthur

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

(PORT ARTHUR, Texas) — The Coast Guard and Texas General Land Office (TGLO) are responding to an oil spill after an accident involving the towing vessel Savage Pathfinder and the motor vessel Endurance (a vehicle carrier) at Dock 4 near Port Arthur, Texas, on Wednesday evening.

An estimated 13,272 gallons of marine diesel fuel was discharged. The source of the leak has been secured. 

Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur and TGLO personnel were dispatched to the scene to investigate and respond to the spill. Containment boom was placed around the vessel. Crews continued recovery efforts Thursday.

An urgent marine information broadcast has been sent cautioning mariners transiting around Texaco Point and Port Arthur.

"We are working with TGLO, the responsible party and all maritime stakeholders to minimize impact as quickly as possible," said Capt. Jackie Twomey, federal on scene coordinator and commanding officer of MSU Port Arthur.

The cause of the incident is under investigation. There were no reported injuries.

By Professional Mariner Staff