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SHIP NAME: St Helen KEY: NUM. ENTRIES: 3
source CARGOLAW
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800-foot Maltese-flagged M/T St. Helen and tug M/V David and Colleen in collision 2 p.m. CST at Gulf of Mexico entrance to Houston ship channel -- M/V David and Colleen reported taking water at 5 p.m. CST, but crew still aboard attempting to keep vessel afloat -- 1 of 2 barges being pushed by M/V David and Colleen leaking between 75 and 100 gallons per minute of petrochemical reformate into Houston Ship Channel -- closed for hours. (Fri. March 19 2004)


source USCG
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On the 19th of March 2004, the tankship ST HELEN collided with the uninspected towing vessel DAVID and COLLEEN pushing tank barges M-405 and M-407 in the Houston Ship Channel. The ST HELEN, M-405 and M-407 sustained damage from the collision. Approximately 151,200 gallons of NAPTHA was spilled into Galveston Bay from the M-407.


source CTX
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No cause info, but possibly a crossing situation. Another USG summary says "near the intersection of the Intracostal Waterway and Houston Ship Channel." This location makes more sense for barges than the GOM entrance. Also says the barges were fully loaded. At this point, we don't even know which side the barge was hit on. The USCG often reports a suspiciously precise spill volume, but rarely tells us the location of the damage.