The Mega Borg incident: A comparison of response, mitigation, and impact Conference Paper uri icon

abstract

  • Copyright 1991, Offshore Technology Conference. On June 6, 1990 the M/V Mega Borg lost approximately 4.6 million gallons of light Angolan crude oil after experiencing onboard explosions. The ship was located 57 miles offshore of Galveston, Texas and contained a cargo of 41 million gallons of crude oil. The impact on the Texas coast and continental shelf was minimized by the small amount of oil escaping incineration and evaporation, removal of oil by skimmers, the weather conditions, and the open ocean location of the spill. Contamination of the upper ocean was restricted to areas associated with slicks and the benthos appeared to be uncontaminated. Dispersants effectively broke-up slicks in a test area and increased oil in the water column by as much as ten-fold. No M/V Mega Borg oil was detected on Texas beaches that were monitored.

author list (cited authors)

  • Kennicutt, M. C., Wade, T. L., Guinasso, N. L., Brooks, J. M., & Payne, J.

publication date

  • January 1991