13 March 2013 22:34 [Source: ICIS news]
HOUSTON (ICIS)--The US Coast Guard said on Wednesday that containment booms and clean-up crews have been mobilised after an incident involving a tugboat caused a fire on a Chevron pipeline near Bayou Perot, south of New Orleans, Louisiana, on Tuesday evening.
A Settoon Towing tugboat was pushing a barge carrying 2,215 bbl of crude oil and 1,000 gal of diesel when it was in collision with the pipeline.
“The pipeline was shut on Tuesday evening, and the fire will diminish as the product diminishes,” the Coast Guard said on Wednesday. “There is a one-mile by 75-foot-wide sheen reported in the vicinity of the tug and barge.”
Response crews are working to contain and clean up any oil that is leaking.
The US Department of Energy’s oil-spill organisation has deployed more than 13,000 feet of containment boom. One cabin boat, five responder-class boats, one Marco skimmer and two 24-foot express-hull vessels have also responded to the scene.
The Coast Guard is investigating the cause of the incident, in which the tugboat captain was reported to have suffered second- and third-degree burns.
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