Coast Guard responds to barge collision in Corpus Christi Ship Channel

U.S. Coast Guard District 8 PADET Houston
Story by Petty Officer 2nd Class Stephen Lehmann

Date: 12.17.2013
Posted: 12.17.2013 20:01
News ID: 118352
Coast Guard responds to barge collision in Corpus Christi Ship Channel

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Coast Guard marine inspectors are investigating and monitoring the repair of two barges that collided early Tuesday morning in the Corpus Christi Ship Channel near Ingleside.<br /> <br /> At approximately 2 a.m., the captain of the tugboat Yellowfin called Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi, reporting that barges pushed by the tugboats Yellowfin and Capt. Warren collided in the ship channel.<br /> <br /> “We are very fortunate that there were no injuries to the crew of both vessels and averted a large pollution incident,” stated Cmdr. Jalyn Stineman, the prevention officer of Coast Guard Sector Corpus Christi. “We have highly trained marine inspectors monitoring the repair process of both barges.”<br /> <br /> The Yellowfin barge was loaded with about 4.2 million gallons of gas oil. The Capt. Warren’s barges were empty. There are no reports of personal injury or marine pollution.<br /> <br /> The Capt. Warren was inbound while the Yellowfin was heading outbound when the collision occurred. <br /> <br /> The cause of the marine casualty is currently under investigation.<br /> <br /> For additional information about the case, please contact Lt. Tyrone Conner at 361-438-0176.