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Update on the Ship Collision at Ergon - St. James

Thu., Apr 9, 2015

St. James, La. — On Monday, April 6, 2015, at approximately 4:00 P.M., the bulk carrier Privocean broke free of its mooring and collided with the towing vessel Texas on the lower Mississippi River near Convent, Louisiana. The Privocean continued to drift down the river and collided with the Bravo tank ship that was offloading crude oil at the Ergon - St. James, Inc. terminal facility.

Upon Privocean’s impact with Bravo, Ergon - St. James’ dock sustained significant damage with portions completely destroyed. No Ergon personnel were injured.

The collision caused less than 10 barrels of oil to spill into the Mississippi River. OMI Environmental Solutions deployed boom around the dock and surveyed the surrounding areas, as has the U.S. Coast Guard. The Coast Guard conducted an overflight from mile markers 165 to 80, which revealed no sheen or recoverable oil other than a small amount near the incident location.

At the time of this announcement, the Bravo remains in Ergon - St. James’ berthing area. Once the vessel is moved, Ergon crews will conduct a thorough marine survey of the docks to fully assess damages and finish salvage operations.

About Ergon, Inc.
Ergon, Inc. is a privately held company that operates under six primary business segments: Refining & Marketing, Asphalt & Emulsions, Transportation & Terminaling, Oil & Gas, Real Estate and Corporate & Other.

Contact Information:
Jim Temple
Director of Communications
601.933.3000
jim.temple@ergon.com