Towing vessel spills 5,000 gallons of diesel after hitting dock in Texas

Towing vessel spills 5,000 gallons of diesel after hitting dock in Texas

A towing vessel struck a dock and spilled around 5,000 gallons of low-sulfur diesel fuel into the Intracoastal Waterway in Texas.

The Capt Jim Green allided with the dock at a Subsea 7 facility near Port Isabel in South Padre Island.

The US Coast Guard (USCG) said the source of the spill was contained and there were no injuries reported. Oil recovery operations were ongoing on Wednesday.

There were no early reports of environmental or wildlife damage but USCG would continue monitoring and assessing the environmental impact.

The Intracoastal Waterway is a 3,000-mile inland waterway along the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts of the US. It stretches from Boston, Massachusetts to Brownsville, Texas.

Donal Scully

With 28 years experience writing and editing for newspapers in the UK and Hong Kong, Donal is now based in California from where he covers the Americas for Splash as well as ensuring the site is loaded through the Western Hemisphere timezone.

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