Oil spill closes Port Arthur

Authorities are cleaning up about 1,500 metric tons of oil spilled after the 95,663 dwt tanker Eagle Otome collided with a barge on Saturday near Port Arthur, USA.

The biggest oil spill in Texas since 1991 forced the closure of the port and the Sabine-Neches Waterway, which supplies oil to four Texas refineries representing 6.5% of US capacity.

US Coast Guard Petty Officer Larry Chambers told CNN it is unclear when the port will be reopened.

“We’re not going to open the port until it’s determined that vessels can pass through cleanly, safely and not cause any further damage,” he said.

The incident is being investigated by the Coast Guard and the National Transportation Safety Board.

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