The US National Transportation Safety Board will hold a public board meeting to discuss the final report of its investigation into the January 23, 2010, collision of Tankship Eagle Otome with Cargo Vessel Gull Arrow and subsequent collision with the Dixie Vengeance towboat in the Sabine-Neches Canal in Port Arthur, Texas. As a result of the tankship breach, an estimated 462,000 gallons of oil spilled into the water.
The purpose of the meeting will be to determine the probable cause of the accident and to consider proposed safety recommendations.
A synopsis of the report will appear on the website shortly after the conclusion of the Board meeting. The entire report will appear on the website within several weeks.
Fifteen skimming vessels were used to comb the waterway and recover more oil, and there were about 500 responders working both in the field and at the command post. They deployed 45,800 feet of boom to contain the estimated 462,000 gallons of crude that spilled after the collision At 0915 on 23JAN2010, NOAA Emergency Response Division was notified by the NWS Weather Forecast Office (WFO)in Lake Charles, LA of a collision between a crude oil tanker (T/V Eagle Otome) and a barge in Port Arthur, TX. The contents of the barge are not currently known. USCG informed the NOAA SSC that they suspected H2S had been released. The tanker was reported to contain crude oil with a capacity of several hundred thousand barrels. According to local news reports, the collision occurred shortly before 10:00 AM local time. Local law enforcement informed the WFO that noxious fumes were coming from both vessels and that they have initiated evacuations of residents and workers in and around the Port of Port Arthur. The WFO has produced a dilution contour plume footprint using HYSPLIT. The Sabine-Neches Ship Channel and Intracoastal Waterway have been closed.