Marine Link
Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Coast Guard Responds to Vessel Collision

April 25, 2003

Investigators from Coast Guard Marine Safety Office New Orleans are responding this morning to a vessel collision at about mile marker 144 of the Lower Mississippi River near Garyville, La. The collision, between Norwegian-flagged tanker Bow Lion and U.S.-flagged towboat Cooperative Spirit, occurred at about 12:30 a.m. and resulted in the release of the chemical Xylene into the water and a temporary closure of the waterway from mile marker 132-138; the river is now reopened to vessel traffic. The up-bound towboat, pushing 38 grain barges, suffered slight damage while the 549-foot down-bound tanker suffered a 75-foot gash along its starboard side. The gash, three feet above the waterline and one foot at the widest point, was enough to release an estimated 42,000 gallons of Xylene into the river. The spill was secured by the Bow Lion's crew by conducting internal transfers of the product which mitigated further discharge. The vessel owner, Ceres Hellenic Shipping Ent. Ltd., has personnel en route to conduct air monitoring tests. The Bow Lion is at anchorage at the LaPlace Anchorage in LaPlace, La. Xylene has been compared to paint thinner. Health hazards associated with the inhalation of Xylene include headaches, dizziness, nausea and drowsiness. Coast Guard Marine Safety Office New Orleans is investigating the cause of the casualty.
Maritime Reporter Magazine Cover Nov 2017 - The Workboat Edition

Maritime Reporter and Engineering News’ first edition was published in New York City in 1883 and became our flagship publication in 1939. It is the world’s largest audited circulation magazine serving the global maritime industry, delivering more insightful editorial and news to more industry decision makers than any other source.

Maritime Reporter E-News subscription

Maritime Reporter E-News is the subsea industry's largest circulation and most authoritative ENews Service, delivered to your Email three times per week

Subscribe for Maritime Reporter E-News