The 200 meter long, 61122 dwt bulk carrier Jobst Oldendorff caught fire while loading cargo at Port Arthur, Texas. The Jobst Oldendorff was unloading wooden pellets when a fire broke out on a conveyor belt. The fire ignited some 10,000 tons on the quay as well as some wooden pellets in the hold. The fire spewed out a dense cloud of black smoke.
Firefighters were able to extinguish the blaze a few hours later, but both the berth and vessel sustained damage. No reports of injuries or pollution released.
The Jobst Oldendorff will be inspected for damage before it leaves port. Details on how much of the 50,000 tons of wooden pellets were destroyed has not been released. Reports state an electrical short on the conveyor started the fire.
The 15 meter long tugboat Louise capsized on the Neches River near Port Arthur, Texas. The four crew on board the Louise were rescued by a passing vessel. No reports of injuries. Authorities dispatched a response team to the scene and found a small sheen around the upturn hull. The Louise was reported to have up to 6,000 gallons of diesel fuel along with 100 gallons of other oil and fluids on board. Traffic was stopped around the area on the Intracoastal waterway. The cause of the capsizing was not reported.
The 237 meter long, 107500 dwt tanker Eagle Kinabalu ran aground on the Sabine-Neches waterway near Port Arthur, Texas. The tanker was able to refloat itself under its own power. The Eagle Kinabalu proceeded to a nearby anchorage. No reports of injuries, damage or pollution released. Authorities are conducting an investigation into the incident.