Exxon Mobil Corp. said Saturday that the ships involved in what appears to be a major oil spill in Port Arthur, Texas, were chartered by subsidiaries of the company.
"We can confirm this morning’s incident on the Sabine River involving vessels chartered by Exxon Mobil subsidiary companies," an Exxon spokesman said in an email to Dow Jones Newswires.
The U.S. Coast Guard has reported that a Saturday morning collision between a tanker and a barge and its tow resulted in the release of an estimated 450,000 gallons of crude oil in the port of Port Arthur. Exxon said that the vessels involved are in "stable condition" and that an "undetermined amount of crude spilled from" the tanker, named Eagle Otome.
"Exxon Mobil is very concerned about this unfortunate incident. The vessels we charter to transport our products meet rigorous safety standards," Exxon spokesman Kevin Allexon said in the email. "We continue to monitor the shipowners’ response efforts to minimize the effects on local communities and the environment. We are in communication with the appropriate local authorities and are prepared to provide assistance to the responders."