Barge damaged

A video still shows the damage suffered by a barge owned by Kirby Inland Marine. The barge collided with a ship in Galveston Bay, spilling thousands of gallons of oil.

TEXAS CITY — The bulk cargo ship that collided with a barge loaded with heavy fuel oil Saturday had problems with its navigational equipment, U.S. Coast Guard inspectors found. 

The Summer Wind, operated by the Greek firm Cleopatra Shipping Agency Ltd., also had problems with its load lines, inspectors found.  

Contact Mainland Editor T.J. Aulds at 409-683-5334 or


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(4) comments

Rich Gray

You report no one saw the collision. I did see the collision on TV (ABC News) as filmed by someone on their smart phone. Are you aware that this footage exists?

TJ Aulds Staff
TJ Aulds

Rich. Officials said no one came forward with video to investigators I will check.

Don Ciaccio

Here is the video from the pleasure craft that captured the event

Miceal O'Laochdha

TJ: A Loadline Certificate is a trading document issued by whichever Class Society the ship is in Class with, there is no plural.

A "problem with the Loadline" can mean almost anything is amiss, as the Certificate is only issued (5 year) and endorsed (annually) by the Class Surveyor if no notable machinery, stability, or safety equipment deficiencies are found throughout the whole vessel during the annual Survey.

Here are good questions:

Which Society is the vessel in Class with? (ABS, LLoyds, DNV, GL, are likely possibilities). If it is not one of these IACS organizations, but one less reputable, you will be hot on the trail of a story.

Ask if they have any current "Conditions of Class"?

When was the Loadline and Certificate of Class last endorsed?

Who issued the ship's Safety Management Certificate, in accordance with ISM code? When was it last endorsed?

Who conducted the last Port State Control Inspection? Was it the USCG? Has she been in any US ports in the last 1 year without undergoing a USCG PSC Inspection?

Finally, ask if there are any deficiencies on any of these Surveys, Inspections or Audits that are not presently closed out. With the answers to these questions, you will be well on your way to breaking a story, if there is anything significantly afoul with that ship.

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