Update 11: Texas City "Y" response continues

By David M. Kinchen

GALVESTON, Texas — The Galveston-based response efforts for the Texas City collision completed the decontamination of approximately 300 boats Tuesday, April 1, 2014 that were oiled as a result of the maritime casualty.

Clean-up crews worked diligently from the onset of the response until 10 a.m. Tuesday, to ensure that boats contaminated by the oil were cleaned, allowing them to continue to operate without further spreading the oil.

Responders continue to focus on shoreline cleanup and facility decontamination as recoverable oil in open water is no longer present in many areas. Teams are working on rehabilitation of public and environmentally sensitive areas that were impacted.

The constant monitoring of the oil spilled has facilitated the removal of approximately 5,400 feet of protective boom from areas around the Houston Ship Channel as on-going assessment has determined there to be no potential impact to those areas. 

A current Broadcast Notice to Mariners instructs all boaters that the safety zone remains in effect, however all restrictions are lifted except to transit using safe distance and minimum safe speeds in the vicinity of any oil spill response or salvage operations and to avoid all areas of sheening or visible oil. If any oil is sighted, boaters should report it to the National Response Center at (800) 424-8802.

While all recreational activities, including swimming is open, the DSHS does advise people not to swim in areas where they can see oil. The DSHS stated that there is no indication that seafood in the marketplace has been impacted by the oil spill. For more information please visit www.dshs.state.tx.us/news/updates.shtm.

Responders have recovered 198 birds, of which 168 were dead on arrival to the stabilization trailers, and they are currently rehabilitating 30 birds.

The Coast Guard preliminary investigation into the incident is ongoing.

For claims, call (855) 276-1275. For any future vessel decontamination needs, the number has changed to (888) 384-2000.

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For more information contact:
Texas City Y Response JIC
Unified Command
(713) 435-1505
Galveston Island Convention Center
5600 Seawall Blvd.
Galveston, TX 77554
TexasCityYResponse@gmail.com  
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