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Oil spill reported at Port Arthur after Fuel Barge hits ARC RoRo

An oil spill has been
reported following a collision between U.S.-flagged RoRo vessel Endurance and
Savage Pathfinder, a towing vessel, at Dock 4 near Port Arthur, Texas, on
August 30.

The United States Coast
Guard (USCG) said that 13,272 gallons of marine diesel fuel was discharged.
As informed, the source of
the leak has been secured. There were no reported injuries as a result of
the incident.
Endurance, built in 1996,
is part of American Roll-on Roll-off Carrier’s (ARC) fleet.
“On Thursday, August 30, at
3:56 p.m. local time, while moored alongside pier number 4 at Port Arthur,
Texas, ARC’s M/V Endurance was struck by a fuel barge preparing to refuel the
vessel. An unknown quantity of fuel was spilled by the barge into the water,”
 ARC Spokesperson told World Maritime News in
a statement.
“ARC has made all the
proper notifications to the relevant authorities and will have further
updates as the situation evolves.”
According to ARC, there was
no injury to the crew or structural damage to Endurance.
“Coast Guard Marine Safety
Unit Port Arthur and Texas General Land Office (TGLO) personnel were dispatched
to the scene to investigate and respond to the spill. Containment boom was
placed around the vessel. Crews continue recovery efforts Thursday,”
 the coast guard said.
An urgent marine
information broadcast has been sent cautioning mariners transiting around
Texaco Point and Port Arthur.
“We are
working with TGLO, the responsible party and all maritime stakeholders to
minimize impact as quickly as possible,” s
aid Capt. Jackie Twomey, federal on scene
coordinator and commanding officer of MSU Port Arthur.
The cause of the incident
is said to be under investigation.
Maritime News 

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