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USCG: Gary Sanchez

November 15, 2005

Holed double hull barge capsizes

At approximately 11:30 p.m. last night the double-hulled tank barge DBL 152 capsized. Progressive flooding had caused the barge to roll onto its starboard side Monday at about 4:30 p.m.

The tank barge, 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. (See earlier story).

Responders are working to stabilize the barge as the weather front moves into the area. Salvage and oil clean-up operations will continue as long the weather safely permits. There were approximately 300 thousand gallons of oil in the damaged tank. The amount of oil that leaked out is unknown at this time. Approximately two thousand feet of containment boom is in place around the barge to contain the spill, and oil skimmers are on scene to remove the surface oil. An additional 1,800 feet of containment boom is being stage on scene as a precaution.