UPDATE: Coast Guard Responds to Allision, Oil Spill South of New Orleans


NEW ORLEANS — The Coast Guard continues to respond to a report of an allision between a tug pushing a barge resulting in a pipeline fire near Bayou Perot 30 miles south of New Orleans, Wednesday.

ES & H, the oil spill response organization, is on scene and has mobilized 7,218 feet of containment boom and 6,000 feet of 18-inch  containment boom, one cabin boat, five responder class boats, one Marco skimmer and two 24-foot express hull vessels in response to the incident.

There are 2,215 barrels of crude on the barge and approximately 1,000 gallons of diesel on the tug.

A Coast Guard overflight is scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday to conduct shoreline impacts and assessments.

There is a one mile by 75 foot-wide sheen reported in the vicinity of the tug and barge.

The owner of the pipeline is Chevron, and the owner of the barge is Setoon Towing LLC. The pipeline was shut in Tuesday evening, and the fire will diminish as the product diminishes.

All crew members were able to exit the tug; the captain reportedly suffered second to third-degree degree burns.

Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a report that the 47-foot tug Shanon E. Settoon was pushing a 154-foot oil barge when it allided with a pipeline 6 p.m., Tuesday.

The Coast Guard is working with federal, state and local agencies in response to this incident to ensure the safety of responders and contain and clean up any oil that is leaking.

The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident.



Source: http://www.maritime-executive.com/


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