Skip to content

M/V Mega Borg

Gulf of Mexico, 57 miles SE of Galveston, Texas | 1990-Jun-08

Initial Notification: On June 8, 1990 at approximately 2330, while the Italian tank vessel Fraqmura was lightering the Norwegian tank vessel Mega Borg, an explosion occurred in the pump room of the Mega Borg. The two ships were in the Gulf of Mexico, 57 miles southeast of Galveston Texas in international waters, but within the U.S. exclusive economic zone. As a result of the explosion, a fire started in the pump room and spread to the engine room. An estimated 100,000 barrels of Angolan Palanca crude was burned or released into the water from the Mega Borg during the next seven days. Approximately 238 barrels of oil was discharged when the Fraqmura intentionally broke away from the Mega Borg. Explosions on the Mega Borg, caused the stern of the ship began to settle lower in the water and list to the port side. A continuous discharge of burning oil flowed over the aft port quarter of the ship. Less than an hour after the explosions on the Mega Borg, the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in Galveston dispatched two USCG cutters to the scene. Weather was calm throughout the incident. Winds were generally around 10 to 15 knots and air temperature were between 80 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit. USCG district 8. Keyword: Corexit 9527, skimmer, Air-Eye aircraft, side looking airborne radar (SLAR), Atlantic Strike Team (AST), U.S. Navy Supervisor of Salvage (NAVSUPSALV), AE BioSea Process, explosion, fire, contingency plan..

Incident Details
Primary threat:Oil
Tags:Collision
Products of concern:Angolan Palanca crude oil
Total amount at risk of spill: 4,200,000 gallons
Latitude (approximate): 28° 33.00′ North
Longitude (approximate): 94° 8.00′ West
On-Water Recovery: Unknown/Not applicable
Shoreline Cleanup: Unknown/Not applicable
Dispersants: Applied
In-Situ Burn: Applied
Bioremediation: Applied