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Three ships collide on Mississippi River, oil spilled

Marissa Hall | Shale Plays Media

Three vessels collided late Tuesday night on the Mississippi River near New Orleans. Carlie Kollath Wells for the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:

The Coast Guard said the crash happened when the Maltese-flagged vessel Flag Gangos lost power and steering near mile marker 97.4 on the lower Mississippi River. The Flag Gangos collided around 11 p.m. with the Liberian-flagged vessel Pamisos and the barge Web 235, which were both moored at the International Matex tank terminals.

“The crew of the towing vessel Capt. Shawn D. Martinez was transferring number six fuel oil from the barge when the barge broke free causing some oil to be discharged into the river from the transfer hose,” the Coast Guard statement said. “The hose was shut off immediately following the incident.”

Thus far there are no reports of exactly how much oil was spilled into the Mississippi, but authorizes of Gretna, the city on the southern shore of river, say the town’s drinking water is not at risk. Fortunately, no injuries were reported either. Efforts to determine how much oil was spilled and to clean it up are ongoing.

For all the details regarding the incident, see the full article: Drinking water safe after ship collision and oil spill, Gretna officials say

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