NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The Coast Guard closed 29 miles of the
Mississippi River at New Orleans today after a 600-foot tanker and
a barge loaded with fuel oil -- collided.
Officials say the barge broke in half.
The Coast Guard says nobody was injured, but more than 419,000
gallons of heavy, almost tar-like fuel oil spilled from the barge
-- forming a slick at least 12 miles long.
Michael Wilson with ship management company Laurin Maritime
(America) of Houston says the tanker is -not- leaking.
The Liberian-flagged tanker suffered minor damage.
Wilson says the double-hulled Tintomara is loaded with about 4.2
million gallons of biodiesel and nearly 1.3 million gallons of
A diesel smell was noticeable in the French Quarter and parts of
the New Orleans business district.
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