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November 15, 2005

Holed double hull barge rolls

Despite the efforts of response crews who worked throughout the night, the double-hulled tank barge DBL 152 rolled on to its side at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday, according to an update issued by the Coast Guard.

Progressive flooding inside the barge caused it to list 85 degrees to starboard with the bow resting on the bottom in 55 feet of water. Responders are working to stabilize the barge and prevent it from completely capsizing.

The forecast of foul weather has increased the need for response crews to work quickly. Salvage and oil clean-up operations will continue as long the weather permits.

The double-hulled tank barge DBL 152, owned by K-Sea Transportation, struck some debris last Thursday night while en route from Houston to Tampa, Fla. The debris gouged a 35-foot long by 6-foot wide hole in the barge's starboard bow, puncturing both hulls and damaging the number one cargo tank. There were approximately 300 thousand gallons of oil in the damaged tank. The amount of oil that leaked out is unknowned at this time. Approximately two thousand feet of containment boom has been placed around the barge to contain the spill, and oil skimmers are on scene to remove the surface oil.