Agencies Respond to Capsized Barge
Thursday, November 06, 2003
Additional agencies are arriving today to assist in the
recovery of a barge loaded with sulfuric acid that capsized in the Texas
City Harbor at about 6 p.m. Monday.
Personnel from the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Oceanic
Atmospheric Administration and the Coast Guard Gulf Strike Team arrived on
scene to assist in planning and providing resources to try and right the
The tank barge NMS 1477, operated by Martin Product Sales LLC, was carrying
approximately 235,000 gallons of sulfuric acid when it capsized at Sterling
Chemical dock 2 Monday evening.
Martin Product Sales LLC is continuing to work closely with the U.S. Coast
Guard, the Texas Commission of Environmental Quality Houston Region 12,
Texas Parks and Wildlife, the EPA and NOAA to minimize the impact of this
Some of the sulfuric acid has leaked from the overturned barge and
responders are closely monitoring the air quality level, as well as the pH
level of the surrounding waters.
The captain of the port of Houston-Galveston has established a temporary
safety zone in the immediate area. This safety zone does not impact
recreational and fishing boats.
There are no injuries reported.
The Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit in Galveston is investigating the cause
of this accident.