PORT BOLIVAR — Two barges collided early Monday morning near Siever’s Cove along the Intracoastal Waterway, U.S. Coast Guard said.
Both barges were damaged, but were secured and in stable condition Monday evening. No injuries or pollution was reported or observed, the Coast Guard said.
The captain of the tug pushing the barge TTI-150 contacted the Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit at Texas City just before 1 a.m. to report the collision between the barge CBC 7026 and TTI-150, the Coast Guard said.
A response boat from Galveston was sent 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 vessels.
The CBC 7026 had about 945,000 gallons of crude oil aboard and was being pushed by the tug Lake Charles. The barge TTI-150, loaded with about 1,500 tons of calcium chloride, was being pushed by the tug Alex D.
The cause of the incident is under investigation.