Cargo Ship Leaks Oil in Gulf of Mexico from Inside of Mississippi River Near Louisiana

NEW ORLEANS, Nov. 1 (UPI) — A hole in the hull of a cargo ship near the Mississippi River near Louisiana caused a 12,000-gallon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, the U.S. Coast Guard said.

The Pac Alkaid reported to the Coast Guard that it was leaking oil while anchored near the Venice Mississippi River Delta, the (New Orleans) Times-Picayune reported Saturday.

The Pac Alkaid was ordered to move farther from the shore to mitigate the ongoing spill’s damage to the shoreline, the newspaper reported.

The Louisiana Responder, a 220-foot boat owned by Marine Spill Recovery Corp., and O’Brien’s Response Management are working with the Coast Guard, to clean up the oil leak, but waves and oil dispersal have made that difficult, the Times-Picayune reported.

Divers inspected the hull were waiting Saturday for parts for plugging the hole to arrive, the Coast Guard said.

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