Court filing vessel in Houston Ship Channel spill was speeding

Oil spill

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A worker with Garner Environmental Services cleans up oil at East Beach in Galveston along the Houston Ship Channel on March 25, 2014. (Photo by Thomas Shea/Getty Images)

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by The Associated Press

The Associated Press

Posted on April 24, 2014 at 12:39 PM

HOUSTON -- A federal court filing alleges a ship was speeding before a March 22 collision with a barge that led to a Texas oil spill.
    
The U.S. Coast Guard says cleanup is wrapping up from the Houston Ship Channel accident that dumped nearly 170,000 gallons of oil from a barge.
    
The Houston Chronicle (http://bit.ly/1f7bih0 ) reported Wednesday that the owner of the barge alleges the Liberian bulk carrier was speeding in Galveston Bay despite fog. Houston-based Kirby Inland Marine also maintains the ship did not take evasive action and proved itself "dangerous" and "unseaworthy."
    
Kirby seeks more than $10 million from Sea Galaxy Marine, the owner of the bulk carrier.
    
Kirby responded to a "limitation of liability" filed by Sea Galaxy, which says the ship owner bears no responsibility for the accident.
    
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Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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