On January 19, 1997, at 0107, USCG Group New Orleans notified MSO New Orleans of the collision and
grounding of M/V Stolt Spray.
The vessel reported a steering problem before the collision with a grain barge.
The vessel was hard aground at Mile 143 in the lower Mississippi River along the right
descending bank near Wallace, Louisiana.
The initial report indicated that #1 port tank was holed one
meter above the waterline and 100,000 gallons of a pyrolysis gas were in the water.
A generic MSDS of the product indicated a benzene content of 27 to 52 percent.
Local officials evacuated 100 people from the town of Wallace.