Kirby: Bulk carrier's speed 'excessive' before barge collision


(HOUSTON) — Kirby Inland Marine, the owner of a barge that spilled 168,000 gallons of oil into Galveston Bay after being struck by a Liberian bulk carrier last month, alleges in a court filing that the bulker was speeding despite heavy fog and did not take evasive action, the Houston Chronicle reported. Kirby conceded no fault on the part of the captain of the towboat guiding the barge and is seeking more than $10 million in compensation from Sea Galaxy Marine, the owner of the bulk carrier Summer Wind.

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By Professional Mariner Staff