Tankship, Bulk Carrier Collide off Galveston

Friday, May 31, 2013
Hull collision damage: Photo credit USCG

U.S. Coast Guard reported a collision between deep draft tankship and bulk ship 30 miles off Galveston.

At approximately 5:50 a.m. watchstanders at Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City received a report of a collision between the 900-foot Tank Vessel Profit loaded with approximately 19 million gallons of crude oil and the 625-foot Motor Vessel Imperial Spirit loaded with grain.

There has been no report of injury or pollution from either vessel; however, both vessels are reporting damage but are in stable condition.

A Coast Guard Air Station Houston helicopter with a pollution incident responder  onboard was launched to conduct an initial damage assessment.

Coast Guard Cutter Skipjack was also launched with a team of incident responders, marine inspectors, and marine casualty investigators to conduct a preliminary investigation and mitigate any possible further risk to the environment or the mariners aboard the two vessels.

The cause of the incident is under investigation.

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