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January 25 2010

Port Arthur spill response continues

The Coast Guard has released video showing damage to the 95,663 dwt Singapore-flag, AET-owned tanker Eagle Otome after its January 23 collision in Port Arthur, Texas, with the towing vessel Dixie Vengeance and the two barges it was pushing.

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 was 450,000 gallons. The Sabine Neches Waterway was 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 Houston Chronicle says the spill is Texas's worst in 15 years.

By the morning of January 25, the unified command set up to handle response to the spill reported that 220,053 gallons of oil had been recovered, evaporated or dispersed naturally.

The unified command said that 9 miles of shoreline have been impacted and that two oiled birds had been reported.

The report said 59,800 feet of boom has been deployed with 36 vessels are on scene to deploy and work boom along with 27 skimming vessels and a 210-foot oil recovery vessel.

The Coast Guard is conducting a joint investigation with the NTSB into the incident, and says all parties are fully participating.


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