samedi 23 janvier 2010
source : The Guardian
AP foreign, Saturday January 23 2010
PORT ARTHUR, Texas (AP) — About 450,000 gallons of crude oil spilled in a southeast Texas port Saturday after two vessels collided, the U.S. Coast Guard said. No injuries have been reported, but part of the port has been closed.
U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer Renee Aiello told The Association Press that the crude spilled at the Port of Port Arthur when a 600-foot tanker carrying oil collided with a towing vessel pushing a loaded barge. The Coast Guard was notified of the collision around 9:50 a.m., she said.
The crash left a 15-by-8-foot hole in the tanker, Aiello said. The towing vessel then ricocheted and hit another tanker that was tied to a pier. Aiello didn’t know what damage was caused to that ship.
Aiello said a portion of the oil in the damaged tank has been moved to another holding tank on the ship.
Port Arthur is about 90 miles east of Houston.