Coast Guard: Oil tanker runs aground near Petit Bois Island

Coast Guard: Oil tanker runs aground near Petit Bois Island
An oil tanker on its way to the Port of Pascagoula ran aground Sunday morning near Petit Bois Island. (Source: Photo Michelle Johnson)

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - The U.S. Coast Guard continued efforts Monday morning to remove an oil tanker that ran aground near Petit Bois Island on Sunday.

Coast Guard officials say the vessel ran aground Sunday at 11:52 a.m., just minutes before it was set to arrive at the Port of Pascagoula.

The tanker is a crude oil tanker from Liberia named Aqualoyalty. It was reportedly carrying 21 million gallons of Colombian crude oil at the time.

According to Lt. JG Justin Lee with the Coast Guard, the tanker is not grounded on the island but on the Number 12 Horn Island buoy, which sits between Horn and Petit Bois Islands. The tanker is located closest to Petit Bois.

Lee said there have been no signs of pollution. Pollution responders and investigators are inspecting the area and monitoring the tank level for any signs that the tank is leaking, said Lee.

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