25 August 2014, News Wires – A collision between an offshore supply vessel and a shrimping boat in the US Gulf has left the latter severely damaged, but no injuries were reported.
The US Coast Guard (USCG) in Mobile, Alabama received a call at 10:40pm local time on Sunday night from the fishing vessel after it collided with the platform supply vessel Gloria May 18 miles (29 kilometres) off Pascagoula, Mississippi.
The three crew on board the fishing vessel were able to scramble into their life raft and were later picked up by the US-flagged Gloria May. A USCG response vessel was also dispatched from Pascagoula.
The offshore support vessel, owned and operated by Cheramie Holdings of Louisiana, suffered only minimal damage, but the shrimping vessel suffered “significant damage”, according to the USCG.
There were no injuries on either unit, however.
There were 10,000 gallons (45,460 litres) of diesel on board the shrimping vessel, as well as 200 gallons of oil.
Lieutenant Bradley Parker of the USCG said: “The cause of the collision has yet to be determined, however, the Coast Guard will begin an immediate investigation.”