CONVENT, LA (WVUE) - - The Coast Guard responded Monday to a collision on the lower Mississippi River near Convent.
At about 4 p.m., the motor vessel Privocean, a 751-foot bulk carrier, broke free from its mooring, drifted downriver and collided with the 98-foot towing vessel Texas, which was moored at the time.
Crew members of the Texas were taken to the hospital for medical evaluation, but no injuries were reported, according to the Coast Guard.
The Privocean continued to drift downriver and collided with the motor vessel Bravo, an 816-foot tank ship that was offloading crude oil. The Bravo was able to complete emergency shutdown procedures before breaking free of its moorings and connection points, causing an oil spill.
The Privocean was able to get underway and anchor at mile marker 162. The Bravo was half a mile down river from its original position and was anchored with a two-tug escort. All vessels were being monitored by U.S. Coast Guard response teams.
The Mississippi River was closed from mile marker 163 to mile marker 154.
The Texas was stable and not taking on water or discharging oil.
The Bravo had a three-tug escort and was stable but taking on water in the ballast tanks.
The oil spill was contained and containment boom was deployed. Coast Guard response teams, along with OMI Environmental Services, responded to the spill.
Approximately 126 gallons of oil were spilled on deck of the Bravo. Initial assessments show that approximately 420 gallons of oil discharged into the river. Downriver parish officials were alerted to protect municipal water supplies.
The U.S. Coast Guard is monitoring the situation and will continue to evaluate potential environmental impacts.
The cause of the accident is under investigation.