25 January 2010 04:02 [Source: ICIS news]
A collision between a towing vessel - the Dixie Vengeance - with the two barges it was pushing and the 807-foot Eagle Otome on Saturday caused the oil spill that forced the closing of the Sabine Neches waterway to vessel traffic.
The Coast Guard did not say when the waterway, where most of the region’s oil refining and petrochemical capacity is located, would be reopened.
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Winds and strong currents are expected to move the spilled oil south of Mesquite Point over the next 24-36 hours, the Coast Guard said.
The oil tanker was chartered by ExxonMobil subsidiaries and was destined for the company’s refinery in
The tanker was carrying 570,000 bbl of oil at the time of the collision, Allexon said, adding "We don't anticipate any impact to our oil refinery operations."
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