The Coast Guard has been responding to an oil spill near Port Arthur, Texas, after Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a report of a collision involving the180 ft offshore supply vessel Cheramie Botruc No. 22 and the 116 ft tug vessel Mariya Moran near the entrance to Sabine Pass, Texas, Thursday morning, Nov 14.
The 1975-built Cheramie Botruc No. 22 is operated by L&M Botruc Rental, Inc., of Galliano. La. The 2015-built Mariya Moran is operated by Moran Towing Corporation, New Haven, Conn.
Personnel from Coast Guard Station Sabine, Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Port Arthur, Texas General Land Office, Oil Spill Removal Organization, OMI Environmental Solutions and Environmental Safety and Health were launched to the scene and confirmed that the fuel tank of one of the vessels had been impacted. The Coast Guard said Friday that source of the release had been secured and the spill contained. Boom and sorbent material has been placed around the vessel while it remained anchored outside of the channel.
An estimated 3,000 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled.
The cause of the collision is under investigation. No injuries were reported.
The Coast Guard and Texas General Land Office personnel will continue to monitor recovery efforts.