Barges Apex 3417 and Apex 3503

State TrusteeFederal Trustee

Also Known As

None

Incident Type

Oil

State

Texas

Case Status

Closed

Location

Houston Ship Channel, Galveston Bay

Authority

OPA

Contaminants of Concern Include

Oil

Affected DOI Resources Include

Migratory Birds, Interjurisdictional Fish

Financial Summary

Restoration Funds Collected:

$16,155.37

*Restoration Funds Allocated:

$16,177.09

*Restoration Funds Remaining:

$0.00

* Restoration Funds can contain multiple settlements/projects. All collections are placed in interest bearing accounts. For detailed information on individual settlements/ projects please visit: NRDAR Status Report

Case Description

On July 28, 1990, the oil tanker M/T Shinoussa collided with the T/B Apex 3417 and 3503 barges under tow by the M/V Chandy in the Houston Ship Channel, near Galveston, resulting in an estimated 692,000 gallons of oil being discharged into Galveston Bay. This bay is the seventh largest estuary in the United States, and the largest in Texas. Natural resources affected included: surface water, sediments, aquatic invertebrates, wetlands, migratory birds, marine mammals, saltwater fish, and endangered and threatened species. The case was settled in December 1994, for $1,700,000, with $1,312,000 available for restoration. Restoration for the this case consisted of four projects selected by the Apex Trustee Council implemented along the I-45 Scenic Corridor to Galveston, San Jacinto Historic Park, Pierce Marsh, and Galveston Island State Park. Each resulted from a complex structure of partnering efforts which involved fund matches from private, state and federal funds. Utilizing the $1.3 million settlement as the catalyst, the partnered restoration resulted in over $3.9 million in restoration activities. Restoration projects include the acquisition of 2,472 acres intertidal wetland habitat, creation of a combination of 275 acres intertidal wetland, submerged aquatic vegetation, salt-flat/high marsh, colonial water bird nesting habitat and protection of an additional 400 acres of eroding intertidal wetland. Each project is protected in perpetuity through conservation easements or public trust ownership.

Pierce Marsh Restoration Project, Credit: USFWS

San Jacinto State Park Restoration Project, August 1999, Credit: USRWS

Scenic corridor restoration, Credit: USFWS

Galveston Island State Park Restoration Project, Credit: USFWS


Case Documents


 Document TypeDocument NameDocument Date

Agreement

 MOA/MOU Trustees Agreement 06/16/1995

Settlement

 Settlement Agreement Joint Stipulation 10/26/1994

Restoration

 Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment Restoration Plan 05/28/1997

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