A U.S. Coast Guard investigator was called out to the University of Texas Marine Science Institute after a 540-foot cargo ship collided with their pier at around 8 p.m. Thursday.
According to Dr. Robert Dickey, Director of the Marine Science Institute, the AP Revelin ship was coming down the channel and lost propulsion. They dropped anchor to slow down and managed to keep from taking out the pier entirely. Officials said it does not appear that anything operational has been damaged, but they are still checking to see if there is any structural damage to the pier.
The Port Aransas Police Department assisted with the investigation.