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Official: No risk of spill after tanker accident

PORT ARANSAS, Texas (AP) -- A port official says there was no threat of an oil spill after a 750-foot tanker collided with a floating rig off the Texas Gulf Coast, tearing a hole in the ship's bow.

Port of Corpus Christi operations director Tony Alejandro says the ship called the "FR8 Pride" was inbound with a load of fuel oil at 7:15 a.m. Wednesday when it lost power and veered into a rig being positioned by tugboats to enter the Corpus Christi ship channel.

The ship and the rig, called "Rowan EXL-1," are based in the Marshall Islands.

Alejandro said there were no injuries and no threat of pollution from the accident.

Alejandro said the ship was anchored in the Gulf of Mexico after the accident about three miles off Port Aransas.