Collision Of Four Barges In Texas

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A big Fire broke out on early hours of July 20th when four barges collided in Texas.

Two eastbound Kirby Inland Marine barges and two westbound Enterprise Marine Services barges collided at mile marker 349 on the Intracoastal Waterway near Bolivar Peninsula in Texas.

One of the Enterprise Marine Services barge, which was carrying flammable product Naphtha caught fire. The fire was extinguished with the assistance of T&T Marine Salvage Vessel, Port of Houston fire boat.

The investigations are underway while no injuries were reported.

The U.S. Coast Guard said, “At this time, response officials do not believe any significant amount of product was released into the waterway.  Air monitoring in the area continues to show no risk to the public.”  Further a question of fire burning – diesel fuel used aboard the barge or the naphtha, is under scrutiny.

After the incident, Intercoastal Waterway has been fully reopened to traffic by the U.S. Coast Guard.

Image: US Coast Guard

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