24 Jan 2010

US ship collision causes 1.7 million litre oil spill

2:44 pm on 24 January 2010

A shipping accident off the coast of Texas has spilled an estimated 1.7 million litres of crude oil into the ocean.

The spill happened when a towing vessel, the Dixie Vengeance, collided with a 245 metre tank ship, the Eagle Otome.

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 says no injuries have been reported.

It has deployed a floating container for the oil spill.