Two barges collided in the Intracoastal Waterway off Galveston, Texas. Two tugboats were pushing barges off the Bolivar Peninsula when one of the tugboats suffered a power blackout. The barge being pushed by the disabled tug struck a second barge. A barge was loaded with 3500 tonnes of naphtha caught fire. Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze four hours later. No injuries reported. The Coast Guard has dispatched a team to the scene to check for any pollution released or environmental impact. An investigation into the incident has been launched.
Two barges collided while on the Intracoastal Waterway off the Bolivar Peninsula, Texas. The barge TTI-150 with 1,500 tons of calcium chloride being pushed by the tug Alex D was struck by the tanker-barge CBC-7026 loaded with 945,000 gallons of crude oil being pushed by the 23 meter long tug Lake Charles. Both barges sustained damage, but did not suffer water ingress. No reports of injuries or pollution released. The cause of the incident is under investigation.
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