Workers clean up the beach on Matagorda Island following the Texas City "Y" spill. (U.S. Coast Guard)

Texas City "Y" Oil Spill

On March 22, 2014, the bulk carrier M/V Summer Wind collided with the oil tank-barge Kirby 27706. The incident occurred in Galveston Bay near Texas City, Texas, and resulted in the barge spilling approximately 168,000 gallons of intermediate fuel oil. During the spill response, NOAA provided scientific support to the U.S. Coast Guard, including forecasts of the floating oil movement, shoreline assessment, information management, overflight tracking of the oil, weather forecasts, and natural and economic resources at risk. Natural resource damage assessment personnel also initiated studies that could be used to identify injured resource and restoration needs.

Texas City "Y" Incident: Aftermath of the Oil Spill in Galveston Bay, Texas

Most of the oil from the recent ship collision and spill in the Houston Ship Canal has come ashore.

Find out how NOAA is helping coordinate efforts to survey oiled beaches and get the status of the spill's impacts on dolphins, sea turtles, and birds.

Update on the Texas City "Y" Response in Galveston Bay

A March 22 vessel collision in Galveston Bay, Texas, resulted in an oil spill of approximately 168,000 gallons. As of March 27 as predicted, strong southerly winds stranded much of the offshore oil overnight in the Matagorda region and these onshore winds are expected to bring ashore the remaining floating oil off Matagorda Island by Friday morning.

Kirby Barge Oil Spill, Houston/Texas City Ship Channel, Port Bolivar, Texas

On March 22, 2014, at approximately 12:30 pm, the 585 foot bulk carrier M/V Summer Wind collided with the oil tank-barge Kirby 27706. The incident occurred in Galveston Bay near Texas City, Texas. The barge contained approximately 1,000,000 gallons of intermediate fuel oil in multiple tanks.