At approximately 1830 on 26 February 1999,
the Liberian-registered tankship HYDE PARK was upbound
on the Lower Mississippi River (LMR) when
she experienced a loss of cooling water pressure.
The pilot immediately anchored the vessel near the right-descending (west) bank of the
river at approximately mile 91.7, just above Quarantine Anchorage.
Since 33 CFR 110.195(18) prohibits loaded tankships from anchoring in
Quarantine Anchorage without permission from the Captain of the Port,
the MSO New Orleans Operations Center directed the HYDE PARK to proceed
to the nearest available anchorage
once temporary repairs to the cooling system were completed.
At approximately 2220, the HYDE PARK, with the assistance of two tugs,
began to turn around to head to a nearby downriver anchorage.
During this turn, the HYDE PARK crossed the river,
collided with the tow of the M/V HERMAN POTT,
and allided with the Port Ship Services and Domino Sugar facilities,
all on the east bank of the LMR.
These contacts resulted in substantial structural damage to the HYDE PARK;
the sinking or disabling of several barges in the HERMAN POTT's tow;
the total loss of the crew boat MISS LESLIE, which was moored at Port Ship Services;
minor damage to the involved shore facilities;
and a spill of eight metric tons of fuel oil from the HYDE PARK in the LMR.