Cargo to be removed from tanker grounded off Texas – Yahoo! News

GALVESTON, Texas – Officials say they plan to remove cargo from a grounded oil tanker in the Gulf of Mexico to reduce its weight and hopefully refloat it.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Renee Aiello said Sunday that some cargo from the Yasa Golden Dardanelles would be moved to another vessel.

She says the new plan follows unsuccessful attempts Saturday to free the 800-foot tanker using tugboats at high tide.

She also says there’s no indication that the ship’s load of 621,000 barrels of low sulfur fuel oil has leaked or spilled. There are no reports of injuries from the crew.

The tanker ran aground Friday about 22 miles off the Texas coast while waiting for a pilot to guide it into the Houston Ship Channel.

via Print Story: Cargo to be removed from tanker grounded off Texas – Yahoo! News.

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