VESSEL STRIKES OIL PLATFORM IN GULF

VESSEL STRIKES OIL PLATFORM IN GULF

An oil platform in the U.S. Gulf was put out of action this week after being hit by a ship that was heading for the port of Corpus Christi, Texas, according to Lloyd's Intelligence.

The Mustang Island Block 781 Platform A sustained major structural damage, which halted oil production, but no oil was spilled. Lloyd's gave no details of the platform's daily oil production.The incident occurred Tuesday when the 27,306-deadweight-ton bulk carrier Grace L was heading for the port.

The vessel sustained damage to its port bow and was holed in the No. 1 cargo hold, forepeak and forepeak deck area. The Grace L is understood to be at anchor at Port Aransas.

Lloyd's said the platform was partly submerged and shipping in the area has been warned to exercise extreme caution.

The Greek-flagged Grace L had previously been managed by Ceres Hellenic Enterprises, Piraeus, but was recently sold. Lloyd's has no record of the new owners. The vessel left Antwerp March 3.