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Press Release | May 15, 2024

Coast Guard, partner agencies, responding to Pelican Island Causeway allision in Galveston, Texas

Coast Guard PADET Texas - Office: (281) 464-4810 / After Hours: (832) 293-1293

Editor's Note: Correction made to the name of the barge, it is not the Lance Corporal, it is MMLP 321.

HOUSTON — The U.S. Coast Guard is coordinating with local, state, and federal agencies in response to the Pelican Island Causeway allision in Galveston, Texas, Wednesday.

Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston watchstanders received a report at 9:48 a.m. reporting a 321-foot barge, MMLP 321, allided with the Pelican Island Causeway.

The MMLP 321 was reported to be carrying 30,000 barrels of vacuum gas oil.

Watchstanders issued an urgent marine information broadcast and coordinated the launch of a Coast Guard Station Galveston boat crew to respond.

3,000 feet of containment boom has been deployed in the vicinity of the allision.

The intercoastal waterway has been closed from Pelican Cut (mile marker 351.5) to the Galveston Causeway (mile marker 357.3) and a 5.8-mile safety zone has been issued for the surrounding waters. Mariners are urged to avoid the area.

No injuries have been reported.

Involved with the response are:

- U.S. Coast Guard Sector Houston-Galveston

- U.S. Coast Guard Marine Safety Unit Texas City

- U.S. Coast Guard Air Station Houston

- U.S. Coast Guard Station Galveston

- U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

- Texas Department of Transportation

- Texas Commission on Environmental Quality

- Texas Parks and Wildlife

- Texas General Land Office

- Texas A&M

- Galveston County Office of Emergency Management

- Galveston County Police Department

- Galveston Fire Department

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