Posted on April 20, 2018 by Ashleigh Cowie

A fire broke out after a dredger hit a gas pipeline during a dredging operation in Matagorda Bay, Texas. 

On Tuesday 17th April, cutter suction dredger Jonathan King Boyd, hit the pipeline causing a fire to break out on board the vessel. 

A nearby commercial vessel was able to rescue all crew members, all of whom are said to have escaped without injury. 

T&T Marine Salvage personnel confirmed on Wednesday evening that the fire had been extinguished. The company is now reviewing salvage plans to transit the barge to Port Lavaca. Once there all fuel will be removed and the damage will be assessed. 

The natural gas pipeline fire has been extinguished and divers are preparing to assess the damage to secure and repair the pipeline.

The Intracoastal Waterway remains closed to traffic between mile markers 468 and 474, along with the Matagorda Ship Channel from the entrance jetties to seven nm within the bay.  


Posted in news , oil and gas , safety , fire , health and safety

If you enjoyed this article sign up to our free weekly newsletter here