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SHIP NAME: Zeus KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 2
source USCG
type A
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On July 5, 2003 the Tank Ship ZEUS was heading north on the Neches River. According to a statement from the Master of the SS NITA M, at approximately 1750, while passing the TGS Port Neches Terminal, the Tank Ship ZEUS produced a ship surge that caused the SS NITA M to surge forward and recoil against a dock, vertical columns, breasting structures, and a piling causing two stern lines and a forward spring line to break. Thus, resulting in the SS NITA M striking a nearby jetty. The dock and a downstream buoy were found damaged (est. $1,000,000). Additionally, a flange seal for one of the pipelines protruding from the dock was found broken and believed to be the source of a sheen observed on the water (estimated total quantity: 20 gallons). TGLO and USCG were notified and response was taken with deployment of containment boom and absorption pads. A Pollution Investigator from MSO Port Arthur, investigated the incident and discovered that the SS NITA M's mooring lines snapped due to the initial tidal surge from the Tank Ship ZEUS. However, when the crew began working to replace the broken lines, another ship passed the SS NITA M causing her to crash into the dock, which broke a flange seal on an 18" pipeline. Thus, causing diesel fuel to spill into the Neches river.


source CTX
type C
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These type of casualties happen almost monthly on the Neches/Sabine Rivers. A single screw ship must go at least 4/5 knots to maintain steerageway, but an Aframax at 4 knots throws enough wake to cause real problems for the ships moored along the river.