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Collision off Texas coast spills more than one million litres of oil

A shipping accident off the Texas coast spilled an estimated 1.7 million litres of oil into the ocean on Saturday when a towing vessel collided with a tank ship, the US Coast Guard says.

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AFP - A shipping accident off the coast of Texas on Saturday spilled an estimated 450,000 gallons (1.7 million l.) of oil into the ocean, the US Coast Guard said.

The spill happened Saturday morning when a towing vessel, the Dixie Vengeance, collided with an 807-foot (245-meter) tank ship, the Eagle Otome.

"As a result of the collision, the Eagle Otome sustained damage in the vicinity of the number one starboard tank, which was reported to be loaded with crude oil. The initial estimate of spilled oil is 450,000 gallons," the Coast Guard said in a statement.

The collision happened near Port Arthur, in the south-east of Texas near the border with Louisiana.

In the wake of the crash, the Coast Guard closed a waterway and established a perimeter around the Eagle Otome and the Dixie Vengeance, which was towing two barges at the time of the collision.

The Coast Guard said no injuries had been reported, adding that it had deployed 4,000 feet (1,219 meters) of boom -- a flotating container of the oil spill.

 

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