Burmah Agate - chronology and containment operations.
Technical feature on November 1, 1979, a collision of the Liberian tanker Burmah Agate and the Liberian freighter Mimosa produced the largest oil spill in U.S. waters for that year. Approximately 250,000 BBL of Nigerian crude oil spilled into Galveston Bay, Tex., and Burned for two months. USCG took an active role in the containment and recovery of spilled oil at the wreck site, and in the protection of oil-sensitive environments onshore. Booms, skimmers, and skimmer barrier were deployed; over 6700 BBL of oil and water emulsion were recovered from the water.